(UDPATED) Affair cost evangelical governor his office and marriage, while wife Jenny Sanford gained high profile for her forgiveness.
Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is touting the "God of second chances" as the evangelical politician seeks to restore his career.
"I've experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it," says Sanford in his first television ad as he runs for the same South Carolina congressional seat that he held from 1995 to 2001.
While governor, Sanford unexpectedly disappeared for days before it was revealed that the married politician was visiting a lover in Argentina. He is now engaged to Maria Belen Chapur, but the scandal--including the use of state funds (which Sanford later repaid) to visit Chapur--led to his divorce and eventual exit from politics.
CT's politics blog noted when Sanford admitted the affair and asked for forgiveness in 2009, as well as how conservative evangelicals responded by telling Sanford to get his house in order. "God's law indeed is there to protect you from yourself, and there are consequences if you breach that," he said in a press conference at the time.
Source: Christianity Today | Jeremy Weber