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Rep. Mark Sanford Back In The News For Sad And Sanguine Reasons

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) wore a somber look as he appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning to talk about the church massacre that took the lives of nine people in his congressional district, including a state lawmaker who also served as a pastor.

Asked about the fact that this happened in South Carolina, Sanford said, “No, this was so out of place. That’s why people were shocked. This is out of character for Charleston and South Carolina. It does not make sense. You’re left in disbelief and thoughts and prayers for family and friends.”

In what is really unfortunate press timing, Politico came out with a more personal report on Sanford today in its “KGB File” gossip column. Writer Kate Bennett reports that Sanford — dubbed the ‘Luv Gov’ — has resumed a romantic relationship with Argentinian Maria Belén Chapur, a former TV reporter. She called them “nutty lovebirds” — referring to Sanford’s 2,000-word “rambling” of their breakup last September. The long and short of it: The pair were spotted recently at the Congressional Baseball Game.

“It appears the couple is giving their union one more go,” the item says, noting that Sanford’s congressional office did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

At the time of the Facebook manifesto, which has since been deleted, Chapur told the NYT that Sanford was “truly the love of her life” but also said she felt she “wasn’t useful” to him anymore.