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. mayahh

    call Madea, Tyler Perry can surely give you a few tips..

    August 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Peter

    Mark finally you are free!!! now bring in the one from Argentina. You are total man! nothing to be ashamed of! the shoe wearer knows where it hurts most!!!

    August 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Back to B.A.

    Must have "goosed" a barmaind on the Continent! You go girl! "Don't Cry for He Argentina"!

    August 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Island girl

    A few bloggers have thrown Obama's name into this story. One has even labeled him an "illegal muslim terrorist". I must be dreaming. This is about Sanford's marital problem and his derliction of duties. The hatred and "isms" are in the wrong comment section. Be nice to your heart!

    August 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Be blessed!

    I am praying for this family. This man has no clue haow blessed he is to have a smart, beautiful wife that gave him four amazing boys. On top of it all, she gave up her career to launch his. I am amazed at the stupidity of men that would give all of this up to have an affair. let his soulmat write his speeches and run his campaign. He will miss her when she and his beautiful boys are gone. I applaud her strength and courage.

    August 7, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. RD

    Cool – they have a fat place over on Sullivans Island – now that Mark is out of the way, time for RD to slip in the back door!

    August 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. hjs3

    Guess the Govenor is gonna be hiking the App. Trail alone after all......

    August 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. getreal2

    Well, now that your husband has made a public spectacle of your private life, Jenny, you're doing the right thing. Give that man the boot.

    August 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. A Black

    I get so sick of hearing about unfaithful spouses. It is completely unacceptable and we should not support those who do not take their wedding vows seriously...

    Shame on the press for releasing such garbage.

    August 7, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    These things happen hundreds of times every day in America. What about everyone else in this situation. Where is the sympathy and hatred for every day Americans. The Sanford family is no different from the family on your street, maybe even your family five years hence.

    August 7, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. tabby

    A party of family values.....
    OOh wait, Obama is very well married to Michelle and had had no problems, nor does he cheat. Republicans with their bible thumping party will all go to hell!

    Mark sanford
    Lousiana senator-don't know his name(was going with call girls)
    larry craig
    nevada senator
    and the rest
    you all have lost all the credibility !

    August 7, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. beachgirl

    I thought Jenny would have made this move LONG TIME AGO apparentely she does not have enough brains and/or courage to have done it. HER HUSBAND DOES NOT, DOES NOT deserve a second chance, HE IS THE BIGGEST LOOOOOOOOOOOOSER!! and she may the next looser if she does not ask him for divorce.

    August 7, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Reiner

    If the Governor is one of the chosen one then he should move in with his family.

    August 7, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. CMG

    Take your sons and run, Jenny. He gives a whole new meaning to the word, "slug." You are far to good for him.

    August 7, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    If anybody should move he should – he was the one who messed up. I guess it would be unethical for the family to stay if he moved.

    August 7, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Kim

    Who cares???? We have bigger things to worry about like congress spending 1/2 billion dollars on new jets. that's our tax money providing luxuries for people that don't deserve it. when will this stop????

    August 7, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Andrea

    I kind of like this Jenny. She is refreshing.

    August 7, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    and why isn't numb nuts following her out ?
    he needs to get out and never run for office again
    and good luck to his astranged wife
    hope she finds someone that can be honest

    August 7, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Ted

    RD be careful about "slipping in the back door". I think there are sodomy laws in SC.

    Jenny, be a good little Reupb housewife and stand by your man. Even if you aren't his soul mate. Trust me, soul mates are way over-rated!

    August 7, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. The Great Northwest

    If my spouse had been gone and then told the world he had been "with his soulmate in South America ' as this idiot repeated to the whole world the door could not open fast enough to push him out a$$ over eakettle.
    If that isnt telling his wife who is on the top rung and that the wife is out of sight and out of his mind what would it take to wake the wife up ?
    Then this scumbag starts repeating from the Bible as if that will change him what a sneaking,cheating lier throw him under the bus and don't forget to include Ensign along with him.
    Jenny and children start a new lifew/o this idiot you never deserved this creep

    August 7, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. A Wyoming Democrat

    She ought to divorce the cad. To hell with her duties as first lady of her state. Her husband didn't uphold his duties to her. I don't understand women who stand beside their cheating men. She seems like a strong woman and she should dump the guy and get on with life.

    August 7, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. jayel

    Way to go Mrs. Sanford. This is the dignified way rather than make a spectacle and tabloid material out of it. You have a lot of class.

    August 7, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. hehe

    Hmm I wonder why...

    August 7, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. david

    jenny has made her choice and that is to stay with mark. mark too has made his choice and that is to be in love with another woman, not his legal wife, while continuing to stay married to jenny. seems like the two deserve each other, have each made their decision, so guessing everyone should butt out. if voters want him out of office, they can recall him and since there is no reported movement to recall him then south carolina approves of it all so guessing the rest of the usa should just butt out. my neighbor's wife looks good to me and she has been giving signals so might as well get some since everyone cheats anyway.

    August 7, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Richie

    When is Mark moving out?

    August 7, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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