In a bizarre, long-winded, rambling, and self-serving Facebook post from Friday, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) told his constituents he’s breaking his engagement with the so-called love of his life, because his mean old ex-wife won’t stop tormenting him and denying him visits with his youngest son.
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.
But the Post and Courier reports Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny’s lawyers cry foul — after all, Sanford had just filed in court for a gag order today to keep their ongoing divorce-related legal battles from going public.
Attorney Marie-Louise Ramsdale told reporters Sanford tried to get his licks in before his gag order would hopefully take effect:
“Mr. Sanford’s Facebook post directly contradicts his filing in court today [before he posted on Facebook] wherein he requested a gag order regarding this case for, as he stated, ‘the protection of our sons. Apparently, he only wants a gag order after he has publicly laid out his position and disparaged my client – what he claimed she would do to him.”
In the latest flare-up in the Sanfords’ acrimonious divorce, Sanford’s ex-wife’s lawyers demand that he stop drinking and doing illegal drugs in front of his youngest son. But Sanford claims he drinks so little his friends give him “a hard time about it.”
Wow. What kind of “friends” give you a “hard time” about how little you drink once you’re done with college and move out of the frat house?
“On this one, all I can ask is that you talk to anyone who has seen or known me over my entire 54 years in the Low Country.. I have never taken any illegal drug in my life. I did not drink in high school or college and though I do drink now, my consumption is so limited that my friends give me a hard time about it. I will have but one beer or two when out at a social occasion.”
Sanford makes a comeback, with help from the Koch brothers.
Wait… That Mark Stanford? Yes, the former South Carolina governor who disappeared for a week back in June, 2009 — while supposedly hiking the Appalachian Trail — and turned up in Argentina with his mistress and “soul mate” María Belén Chapur.
Sanford’s wife separated from (and eventually divorced him), plus he resigned from as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. After three impeachment hearings, the S.C. legislature voted to censure Sanford, but he remained in office until the end of his term in 2011.
Many of us Americans had hoped we’d seen the last of Sanford, but Fox hired him as a political contributor in October, 2011. Then, in 2013 he ran for Congress — and trounced Steven Colbert’s sister and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch — in a special election after Governor Nikki Haley appointed his predecessor Tim Scott to Senator Jim DeMint’s vacated seat.
So how does this scumbag keep getting elected? This Facebook post from March 17th, after the special election, sheds some light on the subject:
Freedom Works, of course, is one of the ultra-conservative “dark money” groups copiously funded by the evil Koch Brothers. And shameless Sanford barely even bothers to disguise his intention of advancing their interests instead of his constituents’!
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If you have the stomach for it, you can read Sanford’s rambling, long-winded, and self-serving Facebook post from Sept. 12 in its entirety below… or just scroll down for our handy-dandy summary:
… Or the top six take-aways from Sanford’s Facebook post.
For those who want the short and sweet version of Sanford’s Facebook rant, here are the top six take-aways.
1. Sanford just wants to avoid conflict with his ex-wife:
One, it seems that history well documents that those who work to avoid conflict at all costs wind up being those destined in many instances to find much conflict. Peace at all costs rarely brings it. On the other hand, Jesus was incredibly clear in the book of Luke that we are to turn the other cheek at offenses and that if someone took our shirt, we were to offer our coat as well.
2. But he can’t, because Sanford’s ex-wife insists on dragging his sorry @ss to court:
In this light I have struggled in how to respond since being contacted little more than a week ago regarding yet another lawsuit by yet a new, and third, lawyer retained by my former wife Jenny. I first learned of it through the media and I didn’t want to respond at all, but given the level of accusation after waiting a day I gave a brief response.
3. Of course, Sanford would never air his dirty laundry in public — that would be unseemly — but he feels obligated to his constituents:
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. 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.
Oh, and by the way, he’s finally going to hire a lawyer.
4. Sanford gave the beeyotch everything, but she’s still out to publicly humiliate him:
Three, let’s recognize the degree to which what’s being done seems designed toembarrass me rather than change anything. As mentioned I never hired a lawyer at the time of the divorce which in practical terms means I just folded all the cards in giving Jenny what she wanted at that time. She wanted a certain financial number that I didn’t have, and so I gave her pieces of our family farm that my dad and mom assembled in the 1950’s and 60’s. They were obviously not “marital assets” normally divided in a divorce, but the only way I could manage to get to her number. She wanted full custody of the boys, I gave it. She wanted full control of their custodial accounts which were very significant in size, I gave it.
5. Sanford’s ex issued a restraining order to bar him from consuming alcohol and illegal drugs in the presence of their younger son… and demands a battery of tests to prove his fitness as a parent :
“Consuming or being under the influence of illegal drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol in the presence, or while responsible for, the care of the minor child.” This really is crazy. Why would one throw out the need for restraint if it were not a problem – or if one did not want to raise the specter of a problem? On this one all I can ask is that you talk to anyone who has seen or known me over my entire 54 years in the Low Country. I have never taken any illegal drug in my life. I did not drink in high school or college and though I do drink now, my consumption is so limited that my friends give me a hard time about it.
6. Sanford sacrificed his relationship with Belen, the supposed love of his life, because he couldn’t bear to put her in the middle of his acrimonious conflict with his ex-wife any more:
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. 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. Belen is a remarkably wonderful woman who I have always loved and I will be forever grateful for not only the many years we have known and loved each other, but the last six very tough ones wherein she has encouraged me and silently borne its tribulations with her ever warm and kind spirit.
h/t LJ Review.