On or around the day his wife asked him to move out, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford booked a ten-day trip to Buenos Aires, a person familiar with the governor's travel plans told POLITICO.
Sanford booked the trip on Delta Air Lines on June 10, using the company's SkyMiles program, the source said. He bought a ticket for June 18, returning June 28.
Jenny Sanford said yesterday, June 24, that she'd "asked my husband to leave two weeks ago."
Sanford's trip was cut short after the local press raised questions about his absence, but the dates offer a glimpse into both his decision to depart as his marriage frayed, and after months of counseling.
The bookings also cast light on the governor's recklessness, and his belief, or hope, that he could vanish from the state for well over a week without raising questions about his absence.
He spent his time in Buenos Aires in Palermo, a fashionable residential neighborhood, and was not, reportedly, a recluse: He was seen in the local bar, Guido's, with Maria Belen Chapur last week.
Jenny Sanford said Friday that she warned her husband not to travel to Argentina last week to visit his mistress.
In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, the first lady of South Carolina said that her husband agreed to end the affair in January after she found a letter from the governor to his Argentine mistress.
When the governor recently informed his wife that he would be leaving the state, Jenny Sanford said, he told her that he needed time alone to write. She then warned him not to visit the woman in Argentina and said she was shocked to find out that he had.
Jenny Sanford added later in an interview with reporters that her husband’s career “is not a concern of mine.”
“He’s gonna have to worry about that, and I’m going to worry about my family and the character of my children,” she said.
This guy has some nerve refusing to step down.