From Writer/Producer Doug Furnad
The shroud of mystery around South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's absence has been lifted, to reveal an ugly truth: the Governor was having an affair.
Sanford came back to the Statehouse in Columbia, to tell the world about his transgression.
Turns out he had been having affair with a woman in Argentina, something his wife says she knew about for several months.
She admitted that she asked him to leave a couple weeks ago, but thought the trial separation would be a way to strengthen their strained marriage.
That notion may have ended with his unexplained absence.
Turned out he wasn't hiking along the Appalachian Trail.
He was in Buenos Aires with "Maria."
Sanford was a rising star among Republicans, with an eye toward possibly running for President in 2012.
Now, he's resigned as head of the Republican Governor's Association.
His admission is becoming all too common.
Democrats John Edwards and Elliot Spitzer saw their political futures disappear.
Republican John Ensign is still in the Senate and Mark Sanford is still running the show in South Carolina.
Coming up at 10am ET in the NewsRoom with Heidi Collins, we'll talk with the Political Editor of The State newspaper.
The State broke the story of Sanford's Argentinean getaway.
We want to know what you think: should Sanford stay or go?