Mark Sanford, the anti-gay South Carolina Republican governor who blasted former President Bill Clinton and demanded his resignation in the Monica Lewinsky affair, becomes the latest "family values" conservative to admit to lying and adultery. Sanford confessed to his own "extramarital affair with someone in Argentina" after mysteriously disappearing for almost a week.
Sanford's aides first claimed they didn’t know where he was and later maintained "he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail but unreachable." The New York Times reports the press conference "began rather oddly", with Sanford "rambling about his love for the Appalachian trail" and pleading "exhaustion."
Sanford is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage adoptions by gay couples—and adoptions by gay couples—and once claimed he taught his four sons "marriage was something between a man and a woman." Obviously that was before the lesson that it's "okay" to abandon your children over Father's Day weekend for a hookup.
Only 12 days ago, Sanford appeared on MSNBC and said the Republican Party should not change its views on same-sex marriage. AFTER THE JUMP, watch that clip, plus via Think Progress, Sanford's teary confessional this afternoon on CNN. Don't cry for me Argentina .. the truth was I never left you ...