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.


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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Anna

    Un-eventful or irrelevant even to a mouse!

    July 1, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. John from California

    How can anybody believe this man on any topic when he has been proven to be a liar and hypocrite?

    Where was his fiscal conservatism during the eight Bush years?

    Where is his outrage over the pork barrel spending at the Savannah Rive Site in his state?

    This man has no credibility!

    July 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. a_racquet

    I think he and wife are playing a crazy game publically. Her icy eyes when she proclaims her intention is to preserve her family – nope. She is cutting him where it counts. His soul mate confession? His counter move. I think HE wants HER to leave him, so he has the wimp get out of jail free card. Called her bluff. He HAD to know what he was doing, saying I will TRY to fall in love with wife. Ohhhhh boy. I bet they HATE each other.

    July 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    Bill July 1st, 2009 4:28 pm ET

    Only in America….

    This country getting rotten on republicans watch!
    ----------------
    News flash!! The dems are in control of the country! Your are right about the rotten thing though, under both parties watches!!

    July 1, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Alex in Wisconsin

    It should be a book about this Republican man's personal journey to reach out to the Latina community despite the Republican Party's current policy and it should encourage other Republican men to do the same.

    July 1, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. jt

    So, According to Sanford 'Living within his means' means that you get the taxpayers of South Carolina to pay for your international luv fests? Then you lie about it while refusing to hand over financial information?

    Sorry Sanford, you are the proud owner of ZERO credibility now. Nobody will ever believe you. Give up that moral high ground you claim to own.

    July 1, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Dave

    SO......all this crap about com,ing clean, etc and baring his soul was just free publicity for a BOOK DEAL?
    typical, cynical Republican ...figured his marriage was over and he has nothing to lose so he does all he can to cash in...typical...just typical

    July 1, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. a_racquet

    And another thing...how DARE him compare himself to David? I am a Christian, saved by grace, as FLAWED as they come. My mistakes? I don't say, "oh well, I am just like David, etc". No, you are not and here is why: David, didn't have a MODEL to follow, complete with consequences and all. The Govenor did – so should have known better.

    July 1, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Diane

    How did he have time to write a book about how the government needs to spend less and have an affair and lie to his wife and children and staff and constituents. And spend lots of money traveling to have the affair! Let's hope that he has enough shame to keep from writing another book – this one about the scandal he was living while writing the first!

    July 1, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Dave

    in all fairness to the Governor and his staff:
    "Hitting some Agentinian tail" and "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" do sound alike if mumbled into a cell phone with a bad connection from the Atlanta airport....

    July 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Fred the Moderate

    He'd write it, but who would read it?

    July 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    I didn't even think he could write a sentence, I know he can
    fool the public.

    July 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Bethie in TX

    Mark Sanford should keep his love within his marriage and his body parts within his pockets.

    July 1, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Palm hair TCM

    @Uncle Steve the real one.Good post, unkle mike steele would be proud of you.

    July 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. DJW

    I admire Gov Sanford for being honest if not anything else but putting his wife of 20years out to pasture is another thing. He should just leave her sorry – He seems to not be in love with her. Let Mrs Sanford have her life now!!

    July 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Squigman

    Here's a heads-up for the publishing company. Better make it a cheap book to purchase, otherwise it's going to set on the shelves a long time. Also, make the print big, and the sentences few per page., for those who do decide to purchase the book. I doubt anyone with a high school education will want to waste their time with it, your best chances for sales will come from the people who dropped out of school before reaching the 8th grade.

    July 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. avatar

    I'm a conservative, and no one is going to read his book and take him seriously. How about no one is just going to read his book, period.

    July 1, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. John

    Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Hillary = Prudent, Intelligent, Wise and Nice People = America is Safe.

    Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld = Criminals, Warmongers, Liars, Low I.Q., Jerks = Ruined America.

    July 1, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Andi

    so much for you Sanford defenders saying it's a 'private matter between him and his family'. Ain't private if the dude's writing a book about it.

    He's one sick puppy. I hope his book causes financial ruin to his publisher. They'd deserve it.

    July 1, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Andrew Fraser

    Mr Sanford,

    You are a despicable man. But a typical politician in America today.

    July 1, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. jt

    Can you imagine, the book would be a Harlequin romance novel mash with 'I am morally and fiscally superior' to everybody – Gah!

    I'd rather re-grout the shower than read one sentence of this book.

    July 1, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Bill Sampson

    How about a manifesto on a conservative's view of the "sanctity of marriage"? With forwards by Vitter, Gingrich, Craig, Ensign, Giuliani, etc., etc....

    July 1, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Michael

    Who cares about this book deal? I have never seen as much a fraud, liar, and a hypocrite who claimed his morals are better than anyone else
    married to a woman who thinks like he does and does not even have the courage to admit that his marriage is over and abandons both his unfeeling wife and a woman he loves in Buenos Aires. An absolute coward who belongs in a garbage can!

    July 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. I Had Chinese

    I Had Chinese Food for Lunch and im already talking to my publisher about writing a book about it,, should come same week as Sanford's Book.

    it's titled (MY CHINESE LUNCH)

    Buy My Book if you like Chinese Food

    July 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. johnnie

    cnn never reports the true facts, their a errand boys and girls for the gop. sanford,how many times do we have to say it ,is toast

    July 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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