August 7th, 2009
06:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford moving out of governor's mansion

Jenny Sanford will live in Charleston while her husband lives in the governor's mansion in Columbia.
Jenny Sanford will live in Charleston while her husband lives in the governor's mansion in Columbia.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and her four boys are moving out of the governor's mansion in Columbia and back to their home in Charleston for the upcoming school year.

The wife of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford announced the news in a statement e-mailed to reporters on Friday, days after the family returned from a two-week vacation to an undisclosed location in Europe.

"While we will be leaving Columbia, we will return often, and I will remain engaged in activities in my role as First Lady, acknowledging that my responsibilities to my family come first," she said.

Mark and Jenny Sanford's four boys have attended Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, but they will presumably enroll in a new school in the Charleston area.

Updated with Mark Sanford's statement after the jump

The Sanfords have lived together in the governor's mansion on Arsenal Hill since 2003, when Mark was sworn in as governor, but the family has also spent a good deal of time in their private Charleston residence.

The couple have been working to repair their marriage after Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman in June. He has rebuffed calls for his resignation and says he plans to serve out the remainder of his second term.

In her statement, Sanford said she was thankful for "the overwhelming support and prayers we have received from people all across South Carolina."

"I am literally in awe of how blessed we are to have such love and support from family and friends, old and new," she said.

UPDATE: Mark Sanford's office issued the following statement on Jenny's move:

"The First Lady's Office has already put out a statement that speaks for the family, on this decision that we felt best, both for our process of reconciliation, and for the boys in the upcoming school year," Sanford said. "I stand by this family decision and accordingly ask the media to honor the zone of privacy that Jenny has asked for on behalf of the healing process and our four boys going forward."

UPDATE: Gov. Mark Sanford issued a statement on the decision Friday afternoon asking for privacy for his family.

"The First Lady's Office has already put out a statement that speaks for the family, on this decision that we felt best, both for our process of reconciliation, and for the boys in the upcoming school year," he said.

"I stand by this family decision and accordingly ask the media to honor the zone of privacy that Jenny has asked for on behalf of the healing process and our four boys going forward."


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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Jean

    Get rid of him. You have so much and he has so little.

    August 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Alicia

    How nice that these children are getting prime education.

    I wondered how anyone could continue to be with someone who publicly continues to state his love for another woman. I feel bad for her trying to keep her family together. She tried.

    I do not feel this thing that men in the MSM say "Well, he is in love'. That is bull! He took a vow and had been flirting with other women, until he found a taker. He betrayed his family.

    August 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    I would find it very hard to ever trust the guy again. Despite saying that they are working on their marriage, could this be a first step to leaving him? I speculate as this is really not our business.

    August 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Liberty Queen

    Well ,Jenny, it's about time you dumped this creep and thief! Putting you at risk for life-threatening STD's...Mark Sanford should be in prison.

    August 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    So should her husband if he has any token of decency left. Maybe CNN should conduct another poll........you know the ones where only Republicans are called and the Republicans bury the on line polls. Then the next day the report results that are not correct...........like where the TV reported a D for Reublican performance and then TODAY within these articles they report a C-. I think that between Lou Dobbs and Fox the original NEWS???? source is suffering. wonder how much CNN stock is owned by Insurance Co. ?????

    August 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    With all of this drama, this should be a reality tv show.

    August 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Kyle

    Another plastic response. How about this, " My husband met a woman he had a deep connection with therefore our love is dead and I am moving out. We have been married for many years and lost our connection and now our relationship is over." Are we monkeys or people? I think the politicians thing we are monkeys. When will we start reaching deep inside and articulating our feelings with passion and truth? How do you think wars start? This stuff is not static and impersonal; it is ultra personal. I am tired of this plastic world that is run as if by robots. We are human beings. The change we need must go even deeper than we thought.

    August 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Peter V

    Okay Mark, stick a fork in your marriage, it's done. Now go move to Argentina and be happy, for Pete's sake.

    August 7, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Carol from Pennsylvania

    Mrs. Sanford appears to be far more articulate, and a whole lot smarter, than her husband the governor. Maybe South Carolina voted for the wrong Sanford.

    August 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. quarterback

    Dump that idiot. Take him for all he is worth.

    August 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. madison

    Guess Mark's efforts to fall back in love with his wife aren't going so well. Maybe he'll be heading back to Argentina soon????

    August 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. family value party my a_ _!

    He should resign. I have no respect for these so called family values Republican's. One of the few men I have witnessed that actually demonstrates family values is President Obama – period!

    August 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Obama 2.0

    You should stay, it's your husband who should go!

    August 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Steph

    Good for her!

    August 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Tatianna

    During presidential campaign, Michelle was stomping for her hubby. Her statements on campaign trail were representing Obama. People criticized her. Obama suggested that spouses be off limits, calling them civilians and saying, they didnt sign up for this. So why are dems attacking Jenny (a civilian spouse?) Perhaps dems hold Michelle to a higher standard than other spouses.

    August 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Peoples Voice

    Now all that needs to be done is to get Mark to move out.

    August 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Leave it CNN. Be the bigger person. I know some people out there will salivate over this, but it's really just someone's personal life falling apart off which you're trying to make money.

    August 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Jim in San Jose 2

    Classic... First her husband bails on his job, now she's leaving the Governor's Mansion. While I don't blame her for wanting to leave the guy, she should just leave him and be done. He's not teaching the kids anything close to responsibility, and she's just wanting the best of both worlds...

    August 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Bridgette

    Well when you are on the television talking about you found your soul mate and constantly begging your wife to go and see her what do you expect. There is something wrong with all of these Republicans you can't keep trying to live like you are a perfect being because no human being is.

    August 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. CA Don

    If Governor Sanford does not resign he should be impeached. But the Republicans have a double standard and will not do so. This is so much more serious than the offense committed by President Clinton that it is laughable. This just underscores the fact that impeachment is not really a legal process, but a political one, and it should be judged as such.

    August 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    I guess sharing "family values" with another woman got to be too much for her. Can't blame her for leaving at all. Hopfully she can get her life back together again.

    Sandford, you really should resign. I can't image all this reality TV is good for your state or your children.

    August 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. benny

    Good for you, Nancy!! Stick to your guns, speak your OWN truth, take your children with you, AND GET RID OF YOUR HUSBAND!! HE IS A BUM!!!

    August 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Arden Muller

    My prayers are with Jenny and her sons. What she is doing is the right thing and I really have a lot of respect for Jenny Sanford for doing this. I believe that she will accomplish great things without her husband. We wish you all the best.

    August 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Letty, NM

    She should just stay there, why bother with the pretense?

    August 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. OldUncleTom

    I hope that Jenny has good prenups. I'm already sure the house in Charleston is hers.

    Now, all that remains is evicting the trash from the governor's mansion, and maybe SC can give a stab at being part of America again.

    August 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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