Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is joining Fox News as a contributor, the Huffington Post has confirmed.
The New York Times was the first to report the news that Sanford —who became notorious for his affair with an Argentinean woman — would become just the latest ex-politician to join Fox News. (He also becomes at least the second governor with a sex scandal to gain a position on cable news within the last year, following Eliot Spitzer's CNN experiment.)
Sanford was considered to be one of the up-and-coming figures within the Republican Party before his sudden bizarre disappearance in 2009. The press was infamously told that Sanford was "hiking the Appalachian trail." However, he was actually in Argentina, visiting his then-mistress, Maria Belen Chapur. After a week in which he was AWOL, Sanford suddenly turned up again. In a bizarre, highly emotional press conference, he admitted to his affair.
Sanford did not step down, choosing to serve out his term. His wife, Jenny, filed for divorce. Recently, Sanford has gone on something of a media tour.The Times reported that he will stay on with Fox News at least through the 2012 election.