No, Seriously

Sanford Goes Back to Work

After three weeks of silence, it's time for Mark Sanford to get back to politics. The South Carolina governor said today that he is ready to move past the media frenzy surrounding his admission of having a yearlong extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur, an Argentine he's referred to as his "soul mate." "I made a mistake in life," he said. "I've apologized for that mistake. I've said all I'm going to say on that one. I'm moving forward, and I think the people of South Carolina are ready to do the same," Sanford said. He has been spending time with his family, including a trip last week with his wife, Jenny, to an undisclosed location. Although his scandal remains fodder for late-night TV banter, Sanford said he is determined to not let that affect the final 18 months of his second term as governor. "Life and the choices that we make begin each day anew," Sanford said. "It's as much as a distraction as you want to make it. I'm going to move on with my life. The question is, will you?...It is time to move on, and that is what I intend to do."