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Gov. Mark Sanford romantic weekend in Florida---with Argentine "soul mate?"

Mark Sanford at one of his excruciating tell-all press conferences last year; his sweetie, Maria Belen Chapur, in a screengrab from Argentina's C5N television channel in 2001. (Mary Ann Chastain/AP; C5N via AP)

Last week, Jenny Sanford unveiled new beau Clay Boardman at the White House correspondents' dinner. One week later her ex, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, had a romantic getaway with ... a tall brunette who looked a lot like his Argentine "soul mate."

Clay Boardman and Jenny Sanford at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party in D.C. May 1. (Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage )

The governor, who officially divorced in March, was spotted Sunday in the Florida Keys with an attractive woman resembling mistress Maria Belen Chapur. The couple were arm in arm at the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, then seen having brunch in Key Largo, according to tipsters who blabbed to Gawker.

The governor's office was closed Monday (South Carolina celebrated Confederate Memorial Day), but Charleston's Post and Courier confirmed with the resort's PR rep that Sanford spent the weekend in Florida with an unidentified female. And, well, he is a single man now.

"The governor has long moved past discussing matters in his personal life publicly," Sanford spokesman Ben Fox told the paper.

Unlike last summer's Appalachian Trail fiasco, Fox said the governor was in regular contact with his staff during the weekend and paid for this trip personally. Last week, Gov. Sanford was cleared of all criminal or civil charges for travel expenses related to the affair after he paid fines and court fees involved in the investigation.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 11, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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There is something about Mother's day and Father's day that gets this guy real horny!

Posted by: shoana1 | May 11, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Because what's good for the children is openly going for other people when they're dealing with a very public divorce. Also thanks for representing South Carolina so faithfully Sanford.

Posted by: gateisdown | May 12, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford planned on divorcing his wife before returning from Argentina. John McCain considered Sanford for Vice President. Of course, I wrote about Mark Sanford's reunion in the book, Selling Sex to U.S. Senators. He did everything he could to sabotage his state, career with the state, and his marriage to his wife. He gave it away when he returned from Argentina.

Thomas Chi
Selling Sex to U.S. Senators

Posted by: thomaschiinc | May 13, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

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