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Sanford: 'Wild and woolly politics'

"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Sunday he considered resigning his office after his steamy affair with an Argentine hottie became public last week," the New York Daily News writes. "He decided to fight on."

The New York Times says the future of Sanford's political career "may now depend on something more complicated than even the human heart: the wild and woolly politics of South Carolina."

Video: Returning to work after publicly admitting to having an extramarital affair, Gov. Mark Sanford is facing disapproval from many – including the state's first lady. NBC's Mark Potter reports.

Politico's Jonathan Martin adds, "In the should-he-stay-or-should-he-go drama now playing out in South Carolina over Gov. Mark Sanford, there is one group of people that is fervently, if quietly, hoping that he will stay. Their motivation is not loyalty to their adulterous governor. It is dismay over what would happen if Sanford bows to pressure and steps down: Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer would step up. That would give Bauer – like Sanford, a Republican – an advantage in what was already shaping up as a brutally competitive GOP primary to replace the term-limited incumbent in 2010."

The Washington Post profiles Sanford's wife, Jenny, who it says "seems to have drawn a new path for the aggrieved spouse of a philandering politician… 'Jenny is the hero in this story,' said Cyndi Mosteller, a longtime friend and a prominent Republican operative here. 'She's the hero to her children, and I think she's the hero to this state. In the midst of this tragedy, she is standing strong to who she is and what she believes in. . . . I think Jenny has not had these types of ambitions, but I think every woman in South Carolina would vote for Jenny Sanford for governor right now.'"

Video: The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is speaking out about her husband's political future and says she's keeping focused on her children. NBC's Norah O'Donnell reports.

Potential Republican 2012 candidates were asked about the Sanford affair on the Sunday shows. Tim Pawlenty said, "Any time you have leading figures who are engaged in behavior that is sad and troubling and hypocritical, other people are going to look at that and say, 'Hmm, they don't walk the walk.' And so the words and the actions don't ring true. It certainly hurts the brand… I think I can make a contribution, in a positive way, for trying to rebuild this party. And it needs it." (Pawlenty also seemed more open to certifying Al Franken's victory, if the Minnesota Supreme Court declares him the winner.)

"Just talking about the Sanford matter is impolite, said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour… Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who ran for president in 2008, said the culture of the nation is hurt at such times."

Meanwhile... "The Argentine woman linked to Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina said Sunday that she had a 'firm suspicion' of who broke into one of her e-mail accounts that discussed her relationship with the governor, but she declined to name the person... Ms. Chapur said her Hotmail account was 'hacked' around Nov. 24. Sometime in December, the hacker sent the e-mail messages to both the friend who she spent time with in Brazil, as well as to The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., she said."