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Cheating Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford Set to Run for Congress… Against His EX WIFE

Disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark  Sanford is reentering the political limelight with a run for Congress three and  half years after he was famously caught cheating on his wife with an Argentinian  journalist.

Sanford is expected to announce his bid for  South Carolina’s open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, the Weekly Standard reported, citing sources close to  Sanford.

In a twist, Sanford’s ex-wife is also  rumored to be considering a run for the House seat, which was left vacant by Tim  Scott when he was appointed to the Senate. Scott replaced Sen. Jim DeMint, who  left the Capitol this month to run The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based  think tank.

Mark Sanford once held the House seat  himself, from 1995 to 2001. He did not run for reelection in 2000 and instead  ran for governor. Sanford won the 2002 gubernatorial election and was  successfully reelected in 2006.

He was once thought to be a potential 2012  presidential contender, but his political aspirations were dashed when he was  caught cheating on his wife in 2009.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford arrives with his wife Jenny at a White House dinner on February 22, 2009. Sanford admitted to cheating on his wife several months later

The scandal surfaced after Sanford, a father  of four, mysteriously vanished on June 18, 2009 for six days. Sanford had told  his staff that he had gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but in reality, he  was off in Buenos Aires cavorting with his Argentinian mistress, Maria Belen  Chapur.

His hiking story eventually foiled and his  affair was revealed.

He later admitted to visiting Chapur and said  Chapur was his ‘soul mate.’

‘I’ve been unfaithful to my wife,’ Sanford  said at the time. ‘I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear  friend from Argentina.’

Sanford said he wanted to try and mend his  relationship with Jenny, his wife of 21 years, but she filed for divorce shortly  thereafter.

Sanford’s affair didn’t stop him from seeing  out the end of his term for governor after South Carolina lawmakers  unsuccessfully called for his impeachment following the  revelations.

He was eventually forced to pay $74,000 in  ethics fines after the state ethics commission discovered Sanford’s use of state  planes and campaign cash to orchestrate his affair.

Sanford is currently engaged  Chapur.

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