June 25th, 2009
08:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford: 'His career is not a concern of mine'

(CNN) – Jenny Sanford said Thursday that her husband Mark Sanford's political career is "not a concern of mine" and that she'd be just fine - whether or not their marriage survived.

She would not speculate whether her husband would resign as South Carolina governor.

"His career is not a concern of mine," she told reporters as she departed the family's vacation home in Sullivans Island, South Carolina. "He's going to have to worry about that. I'm worried about my family and the character of my children."

She added that she would be just fine, with or without her husband.

"I have great faith and great friends and great family. We have a good Lord in this world and I know that I'm going to be fine and not only will I survive, I'll thrive," she said. "I don't know if he'll be with me, but I'm going to do my best to work on my marriage because I believe in marriage. I believe in raising good kids is the most important thing in the world."

She would not reveal whether she was headed back to the family's home in Columbia. "Right now we're taking it a day at a time. Right now we're going out on a boat."

Gov. Sanford, leaving the family home in a different car, was in a far less talkative mood. "I'm going back to Columbia," he said.


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  1. carrie

    I really like this lady , maybe she should be the governor !
    She is not a rug to be walked on as so many political wives seem to be!
    She is not living through him but in spite of him, and that reeks of strong character and class!
    You go girl!

    June 25, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Lynnette

    Good for her!

    June 25, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. lynn in NM

    Good for her. She needs to concentrate on her life, and her children's, to make sure they have the best life possible. Dump the jerk!

    June 25, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Linda Hiller

    I believe that Jenny Sanford is a good person and I believe that she will survive. She nor her children asked for this, neither do they deserve what her husband inflicted on her and her boys.

    June 25, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Marie

    Jenny is playing it smart, who knows she may even run for a polical office in the years to come. As for her husband, he is just doing what the majority of people are doing, even if it is wrong. Maybe that is why he didn't care about gettting any help from the president for his fair state of SC They do like to keep their people down especially the blacks/

    June 25, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Amanda

    We've been calling for this for a long time. Education budget cuts with a ranking of 49th in the nation on SAT scores; refusal of the economic stimulus with state employee layoffs, furloughs, and hiring freezes; elbow-rubbing with "drill baby drill" eco-terrorist Sarah Palin; suspicious hiring practices with coke-snorting treasurers; you name it – it's been there. What saddens me is that what gets news is not his absurd failings across the board in his gubernatorial tyranny, but instead his wayward bedroom romping ... means to an end, though, I suppose. MARK SANFORD = MAJOR FAIL. Get out, idiot, and let a democrat clean this mess up!

    June 25, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. Karen - Missouri

    Wait a minute...this is contradictory. She wants the marriage to work but his career isn't a concern of hers? A marriage won't work that way at all. What a message to send kids. It's ok to have affairs after there's kids and loveless marriage is ok????? Not a role model at all.

    June 25, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Shipwreck

    I have mad respect for this woman. Strong and dignified. Hold your head up Jenny.

    June 25, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. BK in Mass

    Governor Sanford should run for President in 2012: No one can come close to his proven expertise in foreign affairs.

    June 25, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Karen

    Just saw a video of the very dear friend on Fox.com........he got the short end of this deal. He should have stayed home with his wife, a woman of strength, morals and character. Oh well not thinking with his brain.

    June 25, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Claudia in Houson

    Good for her not worrying about his career. He built his career with her help and she has more than done her part. I respect this woman because this is something that happens often to women and their children, it happened to me.

    June 25, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  12. Really?

    If he were a Democrat, he would have already been forced to resign by 'righteous 'Republicans.

    Mrs. Sanford, if what you say now is true, you should have gotten rid of him months ago when you found out. You waiting to say this even longer than he waited to fake apologize isn't very convincing.

    Btw, this supposed paragon of Conservative values, Gov Sanford, used state money for trips to see his mistress? He should repay the money to South Carolina and, if he has any of those principles that he talks so much about, RESIGN. Didn’t he refuse stimulus money for South Carolina on his FAKE principles?

    June 26, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. Rosalyn Casson

    She's in pain and trying to hide it. I've been there. I can see it in her eyes.

    June 26, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. I am Newt's ex wife

    He resigns and becomes a "reporter" for Faux News.

    She divorces him and becomes a "reporter" for Faux News.

    Newt divorces two times and is the front runner of the GOP.

    Gotta love those GOP values.

    June 26, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. rainbowgirl

    OMG she's my hero! She seems to be a strong woman and her concern is in the right place, with her children and her dignity.

    June 26, 2009 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. renea

    My heart just goes out to her and her family, My problem with her will be if she starts to talk down her husband. yes he messed up but she should not let the media influence her my guess will be she been knew about this but as soon as the news started to leak she acted differently towards him. He need to take some time and decide what he really want because he probably wont give the other woman up so i feel he need to resign or be suspended.

    June 26, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. Dee, 1 Vote

    Ms. Sanford, You did your job (family, Gov Mom). Rest, rest, God is on your hand's!

    June 26, 2009 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  18. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Mrs. Sanford is having a difficult time, it's never easy, seems that she focus on the imediate needs of her boys. But the most impotant thing on a marriage is the marriage.
    If the marriage is OK the kids will be.

    Oh.. The press..!! leave the Sanford's alone..

    June 26, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |