South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford took the liberty of airing his legal troubles with his ex-wife in excruciating detail on Friday afternoon.
In a 2,343 word Facebook post, the Republican congressman wrote about several lawsuits and child custody disputes with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, whom he left for an Argentinian woman he was cheating with while he was governor. He revealed in the post that the woman, Maria Belen Chapur, is no longer his fiancé.
“No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement,” Sanford wrote. “Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what’s now happening.”
The non-conducive environment — discussed in agonizing detail with no fewer than seven references to God — involves the ongoing legal battles over custody of the former couple’s children and finances.
“Jenny’s attorney’s newest summons asks that the visitation schedule be changed to limit my visitation with our youngest son Blake,” Sanford wrote. “The question is how do you change what does not exist? There is no visitation schedule. She has full custody. Over the last five years she has determined the visitation schedule and informed me at the beginning of this year that I would not be given one. I pleaded otherwise, pointing out that no boy wants to be put in the place of having to pick between their mother and dad.”
He attempted a piece-by-piece rebuttal of the various court summons against him, accusing his ex-wife of lobbing accusations that “seem designed to generate media attention.”
Sanford, who brought new meaning to the phrase “hiking the Appalachian trail” when staffers tried to explain his absence from official events during the affair, revealed why he decided to make his deeply personal woes public.
“One, in as much as you sign my paycheck and you have elected me to represent you in Washington, I think I owe you my thinking on this personal, but now public matter,” he wrote. “More than at any time in my life, I believe I am subject to not just the laws of God, but the authority of my fellow man.”
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