Jenny Sanford issues statement

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:10 PM
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Statement from South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford:

In a  Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, right, and his wife Jenny, left, arrive at the White House to attend a dinner hosted by President Obama, in Washington.  AP Photo/File
AP Photo/File
In a Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, right, and his wife Jenny, left, arrive at the White House to attend a dinner hosted by President Obama, in Washington.

"I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage. As well, for the last fifteen years my husband has been fully engaged in public service to the citizens and taxpayers of this state and I have faithfully supported him in those efforts to the best of my ability. I have been and remain proud of his accomplishments and his service to this state.

"I personally believe that the greatest legacy I will leave behind in this world is not the job I held on Wall Street, or the campaigns I managed for Mark, or the work I have done as First Lady or even the philanthropic activities in which I have been routinely engaged. Instead, the greatest legacy I will leave in this world is the character of the children I, or we, leave behind. It is for that reason that I deeply regret the recent actions of my husband Mark, and their potential damage to our children.

"I believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity, dignity and importance of the institution of marriage. I believe that has been consistently reflected in my actions. When I found out about my husband's infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage. We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.

"This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week.

"I believe enduring love is primarily a commitment and an act of will, and for a marriage to be successful, that commitment must be reciprocal. I believe Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage.

"Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.

"This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family."

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pizzato
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pizzato 06/24/09 - 05:15 pm
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Time for her to put the trash

Time for her to put the trash out by the road.

R2
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R2 06/24/09 - 05:22 pm
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I don't think he wants her

I don't think he wants her though. How many ways can he say it?

pizzato
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pizzato 06/24/09 - 05:31 pm
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I bet they are having to

I bet they are having to light Obama's smokes for him he's laughing so hard he probably can't stand still.

"the rigors of obama's forced socialism drives god-fearing politician into the arms of another woman?"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/09 - 06:06 pm
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In the news conference

In the news conference Sanford implied they were only separated by her being at Sullivans Island in Charleston and him in Columbia. Another lie.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/09 - 06:11 pm
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Note her great self image as

Note her great self image as she explained what she did on Wall St and how she directed his campaigns. She is a dynamic woman and I wish her well.

gab91494
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gab91494 06/24/09 - 06:15 pm
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God Bless you Jenny and your

God Bless you Jenny and your boys. Keep your head held high for it is not your fault, by any means. I have been there and lived it myself, they say time heals all wounds, however, I still question as to how much time it takes, and it has been 12 years since I lived what you are living with today. Again God Bless you, you appear to be a very smart and strong woman.

shivas
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shivas 06/24/09 - 06:16 pm
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Classic pizzato. Another

Classic pizzato. Another victim of the Socialist, Marxist and Islamic Militant Obama. This plot against the God-Fearing right-wing must be stopped. Liberals are causing them to solicit sex from men in airport terminals and leave the country to have affairs. My God, next thing they'll be having homosexual relations. Damn Liberals!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/09 - 06:20 pm
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Shivas, the thing is that you

Shivas, the thing is that you show your uncaring character when you jump on a sincere revelation like this. I understand you are liberal and that's fine. Making jokes on the Sanford threads is something I did, too. But there is no reason to go a mean spastic here.

shivas
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shivas 06/24/09 - 06:33 pm
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Riverman, ever here the story

Riverman, ever here the story of the goose and the gander? Typical right-wing bellyaching. Go to Rush for your pity party.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 06/24/09 - 06:35 pm
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Wow..she sounds like a great

Wow..she sounds like a great woman. He, on the other hand, sounds like a piece of crud. Course, through my years, I've come to realize that there are always 2 sides to every story. But I just can't go along with infidelity, especially when there are kids involved. Brings selfishness to another level.

realhuman000
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realhuman000 06/24/09 - 06:49 pm
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If anyone read my previous

If anyone read my previous comment, I told you all to check the coast of South America. Sometimes we "know" we more than you all "think". Sorry Mrs. Sanford, but look at the bigger picture there is more politicians out there that will be faithful.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/24/09 - 07:27 pm
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I bet he will soon be kicking

I bet he will soon be kicking himself in the behind many times over for the opportunities lost with his wife, his children, future generations in his family and his public and political life. Her first paragraph says it all.

Ode
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Ode 06/24/09 - 07:58 pm
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She should have spent more

She should have spent more time and effort on satisfying her man.

asustudent75
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asustudent75 06/24/09 - 08:49 pm
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ODE: Satisfying her man???

ODE: Satisfying her man??? What the hell does that have to do with anything! So she deserves to be thrusted into the spotlight for her husbands infidelity and lies? So I guess what you are saying Ode is that we should feel sorry for him for being a lying, cheating SOB? Awwwwww we have taught our children to be able to blame everyone else when something goes wrong, no matter what! This world has become a blame everyone else society, dont take any responsibility because someone else will always be there to clean up the mess. What a bunch of B.S.

asustudent75
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asustudent75 06/24/09 - 08:50 pm
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I feel horrible for the

I feel horrible for the children having to go through this!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 06/24/09 - 09:58 pm
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If she knew it for five

If she knew it for five months and they have been apart for two weeks why would he (if he was trying to salvage his marriage)? go over to Argentina? I would have stayed in the mansion and worked on it, makes me think he's in love with the other woman.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 06/24/09 - 10:00 pm
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Chater?...Sorry, but I think

Chater?...Sorry, but I think you need to remove the hook from your mouth because I'm thinking Ode just caught you on that fishing line he just threw out! I can't believe anyone would actually believe that kind of crap Ode wrote (and I'm talking about Ode, not you!), so I think Ode just wanted to see if he could rile anyone up by posting that. And guess what?..You caught it..hook, line, and sinker! Can't blame you, though. If Ode doesn't believe that, then shame on him for throwing it out there. If Ode DOES believe it, well then just take comfort in knowing that Ode's probably on his third or fourth marriage by now! LOL!!

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Jake 06/24/09 - 10:06 pm
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If you have ever been cheated

If you have ever been cheated on by a spouse then you can identify with the hurt that Mrs Sanford must be feeling. It is not a good feeling and is something only time can heal. I do not care for her husband and never had any political affiliation with him or his ideals. That being said, I hope the best for her and the children.

Still Clarks Hill 2 Me
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Still Clarks Hill 2 Me 06/24/09 - 10:23 pm
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It's a private matter. No

It's a private matter. No statement should have been made. That said, Mark needs to resign

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 06/24/09 - 10:39 pm
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This is a classy and

This is a classy and well-measured statement by Mrs. Stanford. I am sure the Governor will eventually regret his actions on many different levels. This does not negate the good he has done nor does it disqualify his conservative principles . It does, however, discredit his personal integrity. Of course, that would not be a problem were he a liberal democrat.

natchezwhite
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natchezwhite 06/24/09 - 11:18 pm
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Anybody seen a pic of the

Anybody seen a pic of the panther from the pampas yet?

natchezwhite
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natchezwhite 06/24/09 - 11:30 pm
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And I personally believe that

And I personally believe that such as we should all give jenny a map of the appalachian trail so she can go to Argentina and find this women so as such she can get a good education and not blow mark any more

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/25/09 - 06:01 am
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Sincere revelation? He was

Sincere revelation? He was caught 5 months ago, yet after his wife tried to reconcile and forgive him, he continued with his philandering. He would NEVER have confessed, except that he got CAUGHT by the public! True repentance would have been indicated by his never contacting the woman again, after having been caught by his wife.

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prolifer 06/25/09 - 06:21 am
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Still Clarks Hill, how is

Still Clarks Hill, how is this a private matter when he took a govenment owned vehicle out of state, misled his staff, put everyone in a position where they could not account for his whereabouts, left no one in charge of an entire state to have an affair. The affair may be private. And private I bet it was but everything else this man (if you can call him a man) did was a matter of the public. He is a public official. He has to account for his whereabouts. BTW thank God for the lucky reporter that happen to be in the ATL airport. Hope get a promotion for this one but don't forget it could go the other way. You just brought down Mark Sanford.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/25/09 - 06:33 am
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Ode, satisfying her man?

Ode, satisfying her man? Seems like the selfish, self-centered, greedy governor has been satisfying himself. So if "Miss Argentina" was so wonderful then why is he suddenly doing the about face? Ha! Reality is never as good as the sneaking around and the enuendo and the saucy emails. Perhaps the gov. has a bit of a problem. Now he wants everyone to forgive and forget the whole thing because his thrill is over? It doesn't work that way.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/25/09 - 06:35 am
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Actually the biggest problem

Actually the biggest problem with this picture is not the affair. He is a governor! Disappear from your job for a week and see what happens!

Boston93
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Boston93 06/25/09 - 07:19 am
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Governor for several years.

Governor for several years. It is sad that this has happened. The only Governor that fought to the last minute on the stimulus money for SC not to take it. SC will certainly feel the costs that we will have to pay back and our children will have to pay back. Has been good Governor, but this situation will most likely do him in as Governor and should in my opinion. I pray for him, his family, and South Carolina. God Bless and hope things will improve quickly.

ripjones
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ripjones 06/25/09 - 08:05 am
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Mrs. Sanford is a class act.

Mrs. Sanford is a class act. The trip was the "good-bye", but he probably should've just called. After having lived through this by my brother, I can tell you that sometimes things DO work out, and the marriage DOES survive. I wish you all the best, and my prayers are with you.

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AAQueen 06/25/09 - 08:35 am
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Everyones saying Ms Sanford

Everyones saying Ms Sanford this and Ms Sanford that. The picture I get is a controlling, well you get my drift. I think the GOV is just plain tired and probaly wanted out of politics but she controls the strings. I think no matter how she protest she was grooming him for president.

Phish
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Phish 06/25/09 - 08:50 am
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Jenny Sanford for President

Jenny Sanford for President 2012 Hope!!! Change!!!

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