News Flash: Sanford Also Likes Chick Flicks

The State newspaper publishes more of those Mark Sanford emails today, and now we're getting more of the back story on how those messages were obtained and why the paper chose to not print them until now. As your Gaggler mentioned yesterday, the State reports that it had the Sanford emails since December. According to the New York Times, which has a nice write-up on the press's handling of the affair, someone forwarded the emails to the paper anonymously. A State reporter then contacted "Maria" via her e-mail address in an attempt to confirm their authenticity, but never heard back. They apparently did not approach Sanford's office. "What it was, was a puzzle piece that was hardly discernible," the paper's political editor tells the Times. But the paper didn't really pursue it further, in part because reporters were so skeptical that Sanford might be a cheater. By their own account, Sanford was a weirdo, but an adulterer? No way. The paper still doesn't know who sent the emails—a mystery that is indeed pretty interesting. Here's your Gaggler's question: Did Maria tell Sanford that reporters had contacted her? That was in December, and by Sanford's own admission, his wife found out about the affair five months ago, in February.

BTW, today's round of electronic pillow talk includes a mention of John McCain (Sanford talks about how he had been invited to spend some time in Aspen with the 2008 nom and how it had stirred up VP talk again); talk of their apparent first liaison at an open air dance in Uruguay (They'll always have Punta del Este); and book recommendations (Maria gives a thumbs up to "The Age of Turbulence" by Alan Greenspan). Oh, and there's Sanford's odd movie recommendation: "The Holiday," that Cameron Diaz/Jude Law/Kate Winslet chick flick about couples who fall in love on a holiday but live thousands of miles apart. "It's music was pleasant and made me think of you—its mood and the notion of a holiday (wrapped up in our case over two days) certainly fit as well," Sanford writes.