July 1st, 2009
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Details of Sanford book deal to come this week

 Details regarding Gov. Mark Sanford’s book deal are expected to be revealed later this week.
Details regarding Gov. Mark Sanford’s book deal are expected to be revealed later this week.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs, his publisher told CNN Wednesday.

Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford entitled "Within Our Means" in their Spring 2010 catalogue, the proofs of which have already been sent to the printers. It was described by the publisher as "a manifesto about fiscal conservatism - why the government needs to spend less and fix the deficit ASAP."

That was before Sanford's life changed forever. Sentinel associate publisher Will Weisser told CNN Wednesday that the company will "most likely" make an announcement about the book's fate later this week.

Weisser would not elaborate on whether that meant Sanford would write a new book about the scandal, or if it simply meant the book deal has been scrapped altogether.

"We'll announce a decision about what's going to happen about the book," he said. "So it could be anything."

Sanford's office had no comment.


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Deb in Colo

    I don't want to read his book – I don't want to read ANY book by somebody trying to cash in.

    I'll stick to fiction!

    July 1, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Paul I

    So Sanford stays has an affair, stays in office and gets a book deal. Spitzer pays for sex, resigns from office and gets blasted on the front page of the Daily News. You've got to admire Sanford for making the best of a situation.

    July 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Joe

    just when you thought you've heard everything....

    July 1, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Paul from Kissimmee

    Wow. I really don't get what this guy's doing. Hasn't he done enough to his wife? I mean, he actually said that he was going to try hard to fall back in love with his wife. Unbelievable. I know that the liberals are trying to paint every Republican with the likes of this guy. Just blood thirsty I guess. You guys can be hypocites all you want, but not me. I wish this guy would get out of office. If he wants to try to save his career, he should label himself a liberal, since this type of thing is ok on that side of the tracks.

    July 1, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Kimberley in California

    I saw the headline: "Unfaithful Governor to Write Book" and thought "which one?" But really.... no thanks, Mark. Shut up and go away. Hopefully your children will retain some respect for you.

    July 1, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. RSB

    Why does he want to do this to his wife and children? They're not stupid. He's so full of himself, just like Palin, Boehner, and Chaney. Just shut up!

    July 1, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Bil

    I think I'll wait for the movie... "Foreign Relations – It's not just for Presidents Anymore"...

    July 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Brian

    Ugh. Do you know why people like this are given book deals? Because people actually buy the books and read this tripe. If you buy this book, you are a moron. Leave them rot on the shelves and teach these publishers (and the miscreants they glorify) a lesson.

    July 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. elvera

    Thank you, Sniffit; it is brilliant!

    "Political Career Checklist:

    1. Get married.

    2. Have children.

    3. Get elected.

    4. Have scandal.

    5. Resign or suffer impeachment or, at the very least, cause huge scandal made worse by "the poor wife and children."

    6. Make millions on book and laugh all the way to the bank."

    July 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Zero.

    When a male stands, you have no concience. But you will never run again...

    July 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Why would I care, exactly?

    July 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. HJA

    He should crawl back under his rock.

    July 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. WOW

    Trying to make money off his own adulterous action? Is this the new republican tactic: screw up and make money from it. Maybe he should donate the money to some 12 step program on teaching politicians how to keep it in their pants!

    July 1, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Joe in Austin

    Every bozo today "writes" a book. Presidents Grant, Roosevelt, Carter actually wrote. this will be nothing more than warmed-over conservative theory excusing them from paying into the society that supports them.

    July 1, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Michigan

    The emails and conversations coming out are just unbelieveable...at some point it almost sounds like he's bragging about his exploits like a 14 year old...or a man going through a mid-life crisis. I feel so sorry for his wife and children to have to live this in the public eye...there is no way this many is trying to mend his marriage. If I were his "soul mate" I would kick him to the curb too...especially with the confession that he's acted inappropriately with other women.....AND governor of state...?!

    July 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Steve

    If Sanford's career has "effectively brought an end to his political career", then why is Barney Frank still Chair of the House Financial Services Committee? The guy had a gay prostitution ring run out of his townhouse on Capitol Hill years ago, and more recently was defending his ex-gay-lover Herb Moses, whose programs at Fannie Mae are responsible for packing high risk loans into bank vehicles that effectively brought down the international financial industry and is largely responsible for today's economic disaster – and yet Frank spent years shutting down all attempts to regularly his ex-gay-lover's work at Fannie Mae. Yet FRANK is still in office. How is Sanford's political career "effectively" at "an end"?

    July 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. maxine nichols

    just stop talking and make up with your family. clinton was in white house when his happen. god bless you and faily, will pray for you.

    July 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. MJM

    TO Brian: I AGREE!!!!!!

    July 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Robin

    Bil July 1st, 2009 5:21 pm ET

    I think I'll wait for the movie… "Foreign Relations – It's not just for Presidents Anymore"…
    =====================================================

    Okay, even I have to admit that is funny!

    He does need to step down, but not because he cheated as both parties do that. But because he left his job for 5 days. He has ruined what could have been a very promising career.

    I do however give him credit for owning up to his mistakes and taking responsibility.

    July 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. DeeTee

    MORE! (Stop me somebody!):

    "Jenny Who!?!?!? One Man's Quest to Totally Humiliate His Wife"

    "TMI: That Mark's Insane!!!"

    "Marky Mark on a Lark: Travel Tails with Mark Sanford"

    July 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. RUSH NEXT

    The question is Who will buy his book....Now if he gets a book deal and makes millions of dollars America have no moral value. It has become the sodom of hell. Politicians have long been playing politics for self wealth and have zero regards for their office. YES he will get his pocket full from americans who love scandal and sex.

    July 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Spitzer for Governor

    The only cheater I am willing to forgive is Eliot Spitzer (of course I'm not married to him) – he was energetic, driven, strong and very smart!

    Strictly speaking as a politician, he is indispensable!

    July 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Kwesoe

    Title suggestion: "Polygamy: A Governor with a soulmate and a wife"

    July 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Deb n Texas

    Who wants to read HIS book? He needs to read 'The Cat in the Hat.'

    July 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. hitobito

    Here are a few titles:

    1. How to multi-task on a government budget

    2. Off shore drilling in Buenos Aires

    3. How to have you cake and tortillas too!

    4. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail to Argentina

    5. How to write Sexy emails in two languages

    all guaranteed to be best sellers!

    July 1, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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