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:


How dare you blame the innocent party in this fiasco! If it had been Mrs. Sanford who had an affair, I am sure she would get no sympathy at all.


Hi LoveWins:
That's great you love you husband. Would it be o.k. to kiss your bare shoulders? No one else has to know ;^)


After being married to two cheaters....I can tell you it has nothing to do with who you are as a wife/mother. It has to do with who the man is and what his values are [or are not!]. I realize men seem to be more tempted with lust than women. It is a fact of life. This still does not give a man the license to cheat. It's all in where your values reside. I am a very attractive female who kept her looks well cared for, stood behind her husbands and was very kind and always there for them. It made no difference. True love values the other's feelings and takes those into consideration. Lust is a strong hold that usually takes most people over. I am not bitter...nor a man hater, but I sure do feel for the wife because this shatters a woman. May God stand behind her...and He will because any way you word it....cheating is cheating.


I totally GET him and how much he loves Maria. Trust me, it CAN happen. I feel so sorry for him with the release of these very private emails. He loves her. So yeah, he's married and it is completely wrong to cheat. No matter how the wife spins it, there was something lacking at home that he had emotionally found with Maria FIRST before the sex. My heart goes out to him for allowing it to happen, but I am on HIS side. Yes, it's completely wrong, but you love whom you connect with. You just DO. He will honor the promise to his wife, but trust me, his heart belongs to Maria.


Bottom Line. His wife is part of the multimillion dollar SKIL power tool empire. I would leave him in a heartbeat and go get myself a much younger man that looks even better on my arm.


Lovewins - wasn't he seeing the other woman BEFORE his wife told him to leave? AND It does take both partners to make a RESPECTFUL relationship. I'm not having sex just to keep my man home, because if that's all our marriage is, HE can leave now! Sure men like sex, but so do I. But I also want love, respect and devotion.


This is only part of the emails though.. they have all of the emails downloadable over at if you want to see them, but WARNING: they're *really* cheesy haha.. they also have a video of Governor Sanford with the mistress last year at a gala (not holding hands or anything but together nonetheless) over at anyone wants to see what she looks like


Based on the comments from some of the women who posted on this site, I can see why your men would stray. Your bitterness and nastiness come through in writing, and I am sure it isn't any better in person. Respect people for being human and provide love and understanding. Mrs. Sanford threw out a threat to her husband and he reacted. She is upset because he seeked love? I imagine she married him because he was loving. His emails seem to reflect love more so than lust. When communication is cut, everything is lost.


Well, just because his wife told him to leave does not give him a license to cheat! bottom line. The flesh can be weak, and in his case it was. He should have taken that time to figure out what can he do to help get his marriage back on the right track. This just disgusts me! we give men so many's ridiculous! they need to buck up, be a man and take responsibility for heavens sake.


Love Wins.. you are an idiot... lets hope the relations you have with your husband last forever and he never has the need to look elsewhere for what you arent giving him at home.. 4 sons and a woman by your side does not equal public humilation. whether you are getting love at home or not.Its a matter of respect. And now the tears and apologies start..

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Mark Sanford Biography

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Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr.