Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford lands job as cable news contributor

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who left office in disgrace after a highly publicized affair with his Argentine mistress, has joined the Fox News Channel as a paid contributor.

Sanford famously told staffers and the press that he was “hiking the Appalachian trial” in June 2009 when he was in fact visiting his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, in Argentina.

The former governor was considered a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender before the affair and the ensuing scandal ended his political aspirations.

Despite calls for his resignation, and attempts to impeach him by the state legislature, Sanford finished his term as governor, leaving office in 2010.

His wife, Jenny Sanford, filed for divorce and moved out of the Governor’s Mansion with their four children. She had earned the majority of their wealth as an investment banker.

The New York Times broke the news about Sanford’s new television career Friday evening. A Fox News representative confirmed the news, but no details about his role have been disclosed.

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