Mark Sanford Emails to Mistress Maria Belen Shapur Revealed; Jenny Sanford Kicks Him Out

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Jenny Sanford, the wife of embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, told her husband "to leave two weeks ago," according to reports.

When she found out about his infidelity with Maria Belen Shapur, Jenny "worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness."

At first.

Eventually, "to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong, I asked my husband to leave."

Jenny says she asked Mark Sanford not to contact the family during their separation. She says she had no idea where he was the past week.

One can assume it didn't help when she found out he was having an affair in Argentina with his mistress after having gone off the grid for days.

Meanwhile, The State newspaper in S.C., which accosted Sanford at the Atlanta airport, thus blowing his Appalachian Trail hiking cover story and forcing him to admit his Argentine affair, has a series of emails between Sanford and his mistress.

The woman, identified as Maria Belen Shapur, refused to talk to one of the newspaper's reporters when approached at her home in Buenos Aires, but the governor's office doesn't dispute the content of the emails, which date back a year or so.

Warning: The emails after the jump are so cheesy, you may find yourself vomiting spontaneously, even if you are a loyal Days of Our Lives viewer.

Here's an excerpt of one Mark Sanford love email to Maria Belen Shapur:

"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details..."

"While all the things above are all too true - at the same time we are in a hopelessly - or as you put it impossible - or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes...

"I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before - so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know... In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul."

Ew! Unsubscribe! Come on Mark. Does a career in politics rot your brain? He and John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer need to form some kind of support group.

It's safe to say any presidential ambitions he may have had for 2012 are kaput. Below are pics of Mark with estranged wife Jenny Sanford and their four kids.

Hope Maria Belen Shapur and her magnificent body parts were worth losing this:


Well, Mark Sanford certainly did something wrong morally, but when deal with love, he goes by his heart. Is there anything more beautiful than genuinely fall in love? Is the true love easily to be found? How many of us found our “Love of life�? I am moved by the love emails Mark exchanged with Maria.
I believe that Mark was in love with Jenny until fall in love with Maria. People change so and their needs and wants. It is nothing about Jenny. It is about something that we all cannot explain, maybe the chemistry of Mark and Maria.
Mark has done so much for the others: his state as a governor, his country as a congressman. Let him do something he enjoys for himself.
I wish Jenny the best. I praise for the love Mark and Maria feel for each other.


Why do I suspect that Jenny S had no time for her husband having to rear 4 boys and regulate his political career? She was just there: and he needed much, much more. After all, he is at that age (coming up to 50) when he needs some real, tender loving care and all of that must have been lavished on the boys!! So, here comes delicious, seductive, well-educated and savvy Maria Belen and Voila!! Home Run: Soul Mate: Check Mate!! Good Luck to them both and may Jenny now find her niche.


AWWW... what a cute email! I wish my husband wrote me messages like those! makes me wonder if some other woman is getting these types of messages instead of me!


He is obviously in love with another woman. He found his true love but what he did wrong was going on with his affair while still married. In the statement that I read early on, him & his wife got married but they were not madly in love with each other. That was wrong to start with.Never marry someone because it was convenient at the time , it ends up like this because eventually you will find that person who was meant for you then you are already married so what will you do then? two wrongs cannot make it right.Make sure you in love with that person & vise versa before you marry them or resolve to the fact that one day he/she will cheat on you.Got it?


Jenny is doing the right thing though! I have had this happen to me and so have millions of other women. And, it is true men who don't cheat are rare and hard to find!! I must say that men do need to use their brain instead of other body parts when it comes to real life and what is real and important in the long run in life. Mark, is it really worth a roll in the hay to sacrifice such a terrific family?? But, the damage is done and cannot be retracted so I will pray for the family


JustTheTruth why don't you wake up. Here is some more truth for you, women cheat. Women cheat just as much if not more then men. They are just better at keeping it out of sight better. Women can have everything handed to them on a platter and you know what they still sleep around with a friend, ex- boyfriend or a guy's family member. You say all women should expect that there man will cheat. Well I feel the opposite, guys should expect there woman to cheat on them. Women say or I was lonely, or you don't know who I am. Women expect people to except those and other excuses for cheating because they want to be seen as a victim. If a guy does it then he is an a**hole or a dog, but a woman does it and it is ok cause she was lonely or did not feel appreciated. So JustTheTruth tell me is it just sex for women or are they in love with the person they are cheating with? I know you have some double standard reply coming. Just waiting to hear.


Your sentiment struck bone. I will try to put it to use in my own life. Thank you


He's a good writer, and seems to be expressing himself sincerely. I guess these things do happen ... his sons will understand when they get older.


Claire: You are right. He did love her. Even Suzy Q agrees with that. The point Ms. Q brings is that his love may have been used. Maria seems to care enough to keep him loosely bound by his love, but not much else. When a woman loves someone, her emails explode. Maria's did not. I agree he was not experienced. Someone who knew what they were doing, would have walked away 7 years ago. Really Claire, I am sorry you never got a great hot letter from a fan. Female appreciation is worth far more than female beauty.


I agree, as a sexual woman beast, that Sanford was in love. Love his emails. I consider ‘love letters’ a sort of trophy (especially from a married guy). She was not in love with him. This Maria may have been initially awed by his power and status, but his self-cantered ramblings annoyed her. She gave, through hints of a younger ‘date’ and a future with someone else: female warning signs to ease off. Sanford was blinded by his own prestige and her casual indifference. After eight years, that’s how she emails him? She argues about ‘dearest’ to ‘beloved’ a year ago? If the tables were reversed and I loved a guy madly, and received a crappy email like “Maria’s’ I’d make sure his ligaments were tied in a Gordian knot.

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Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr.