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. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay....he resigned right?....so she's got to move out. How is this news?? This lady is wealthy (thank God). She really doesn't have to put up with his or anybody else's crap!

    August 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    A House Divided ................................

    August 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Alpha and Omega - The Great Physician Against Republicans

    Christians always point to Republicans as those who always have high standards and morals and always take the high road. This is not true at all. The Republicans have a secret sinners club house in D.C. where, if the truth were known, Americans would be stunned at all the crap these liars get involved in.

    August 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Good she's showing some guts. Now lets hope it continues. He should be fired.

    August 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. ch

    Another in a LONG line of dysfunctional republican families (i.e. Reagan and his whack job offspring, the drunken Bush twins, Giuliani’s kids who refuse to have anything to do with him, Palin’s knocked up teenage daughter, etc)

    They preach “family values” but these GOP hypocrites can’t abide by them!

    August 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Good for her. Now if they could only get her husband out too.

    August 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Matt

    Its amazing how hypocritical Republicans are....

    August 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Once Upon a Horse

    she's just doing this as a diversion to take away the attention on the GOP healthcare mobs since they've been outted as fakers.

    August 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    I don't agree with her politically in any sense of the word, but my heart goes out to this poor woman who has only tried to be a good supporting wife and mother and who has suffered the indignity of betrayal in the public eye as a result.

    August 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Just a private affair....CNN

    Where are all the grades for the 10 questions..CNN...? What you do
    show your are fudging...Hopeless cnn you are part of it...!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. shiba

    GOOD FOR JENNY. Maria, the homewrecker in chief has destroyed 2 familes in a row... she had an affair with Daniel Haddad (the Ted Turner of Argentina) who was also married with 4 kids, and now this. Congratulations.

    August 7, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. GOP = 21st century dodo

    GOOD FOR YOU, JENNY! That man's slime and you deserve better. Let him go frolic with his "soulmate". Let's see how long that lasts.

    August 7, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. yuri

    OK, guys, this time she got the wind of the fact that Mark is datin' a Brazilian beauty whom he met in a Samba dance drama, while performin' a complicated maneuver.

    August 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Shari, NY

    Let's wish this lady well – she has four boys to raise. It must be very difficult to share the same living quarters with someone who confessed that he had found his "soul mate" with whom he had trysts for some eight years. Face it, whether or not he resigns, he is done.

    August 7, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Charles

    I just have to ask if the people of that state are so stupid as to not have the Gov :"leave the mansion". Why is this guy still there, more so in a "Bible and guns": state? Or perhaps morality and integrity are only "Sunday clothing for church" other wise the find it OK for their Emperor to be naked in what one calls "Foreign relations". Please tell me that Agentinea is NOT their "sister nation or state". that would just make it to kinky or almost to kinky for the R party.
    Seems his wife is "good political wife". en a great lil wumens that dun suppurts her man" or she'd have walked. You can only guess at the humiliation levels these folks put up with to remain near the powers.

    August 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Island girl

    When this man eventually demits office (willfully or otherwise) he should become a vociferous advocate for disease prevention, e.g. AIDS, STDs, etc. That would be a wonderul act of penance.

    August 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Tp

    I want to hear Republicans tell me again how gay marriage is a threat to the 'sanctity of marriage'

    August 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. LC

    this is in response to ch's comment who refers to the Republican's having dysfunctional families. Well, there is a long list of Democratic ones too. this comes from being human and has nothing to do with what one's politcal party is. Look at Bill Clinton. How soon we forget.

    August 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Pepou

    Drop the bastard ! You will feel better.

    August 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. sms29s

    I have a feeling that Mark Sanford is going to pay dearly for his actions when his sons are grown. They are going to remember their mother as a lady and their father as the expletive who humiliated her in public. I don't think it bodes well for his future relationship with his children and grandchildren to be.

    August 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. LoLo

    @Tatianna,
    I believe that both Michelle and Mrs. sanford stood by their Husbands sides. The difference is that Mark stepped out on his wife and it was made public. Mark just did not care about his family's feelings at all. To actually hold a needs conference claiming that he has found his soul mate is unbelievable. IF you see a double standard i do not see how. I bet that you would not put up with this from your husband? Here you are trying to make it a republican democrat thing. The real issue is that this man left the country without telling anyone. He should be fired. I do not care about what goes on in their personal life. I know I would have kicked him to the curb. Please get you story and lies straight.

    August 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Donna from Colorado Springs

    This gives her and her boys a chance to get away from her lying,cheating husband and father, and hopefully, she will grow a backbone and not go back to him!

    August 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Va 4 Obama

    She REALLY needs to dump her loser husband !! Does she want condone her husband's horrible behavior and have her boys grow up to think it's fine to cheat on your wife...she'll stay with you anyways????

    August 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. JonDie

    This may be news in South Carolina but it isn't news in the rest of the country. CNN is more like the Maurie Povich show that a news source.

    August 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. The Real Issue

    Come on Jenny. The Real Issue is that the Governor has not been truthful to you or your family. His heart is with the other woman. Now it appears that you are not being truthful to your citizenry in South Carolina. Tell the truth and indicate that it is not working with this man!

    August 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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