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. Adele

    I always wonder why women always stay with men who have affairs. Look Mrs. Sandford, the fish pond is very shallow you can catch a lot of fish.

    August 7, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Peter

    The institution of marriage have been comercialized upto the point it has lost its true meaning! real mean becareful with Gold diggers. Who just comes in for the green bills.

    August 7, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. NOFaux

    Annie 3:49
    You hit the nail on the head but include this gesture " throw betrayer Sanfords belongings out the door for pickup just before the garbage truck arrives."

    August 7, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Stand Tall Jenny

    I can not believe the post on here bashing Jenny Stanford. She is a smart, attractive woman with a very successful track record of her own. When did it become a "fault of character" to try to work out a troubled marriage and forgive someone. She had already moved out in order to keep her dignity. It is Mark Sanford that is the slim bag here. Makes you wonder if he would have ever become gov. without her. I seriously doubt it. I feel for this woman and believe she will do well without him. I wish her well. As for Mark, I hope his career is toast. I also echo Chip's post.

    August 7, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Doc

    Jenny Sanford moving out of governor's mansion, "Yeah Right" She is not dumpping this scum bag because of his power, and money. Jenny, time for you to stand on your owen two feet, and be a real lady like Gov. Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin our next President in 2012.

    August 7, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    About time, girlfriend. About time.

    August 7, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Bill Will

    Maybe Mark said "Argentinian Tail" not "Appalachian Trail?"

    August 7, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. T.G.

    Is Mrs. Sanford moving out of the governor's mansion a means of reconciliation or separation?

    August 7, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. JFGinOKC

    Good for Jenny! I think she should divorce him and make him court her if he wants her back. AND he should resign – not because of his sexual escapades, but because when he disappeared for 6 days and wouldn't respond to his desperate staff when they repeatedly tried to reach him, he clearly demonstrated his disregard for the voters of SC who elected him, and he was totaly guilty of abandoning his responsibilities as governor. What a joke this guy is with his fine family values and work ethic!

    Plus, there are plenty or women right here in the USA with less than stellar morals who could have benefitted from some free dinners, nice hotel rooms, and illicit attention. I think Sanford is unpatriotic for not doing his economic stimulus stateside!

    August 7, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Richard Puente

    Forgiveness comes alot slower than the sharp cut of betrayel. The way the Republican Party continues to make excuses just adds salt to the wound.
    Get on with your life Miss Sanford, you're holding together well.. Find yourself a respectible man who will not betray you.

    August 7, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. A Wyoming Democrat

    Doc...you're too funny! Sarah Palin is not a governor. She couldn't even hack her first term. She will never be a president and MOST people know it. She has nothing to do with Jenny Stanford anyway. Jenny is a classier, smarter, better educated woman than Palin could ever hope to be.

    August 7, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. klieglamp

    The hypocrisy in the white Governor makes problems in the black community look small.

    What a loser he and the state of SC. Ever hear of impeachment folks?!

    August 7, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Tommy

    I thinks its high time the governor moves out as well (after resigning).

    And to think this guy, along with Dave Vitter (aka prostitute lover), Larry Craig (aka men's room bathroom stall "operator"), Bob Livingston, yada yada, on and on... led the charge for Pres. Clinton's impeachment. And all of these imbeciles remain unaccountable after refusing to resign in light of their own struggles with morality. (Except Livingston, who had enough smarts and possibly enough hubris to leave when he should have).

    I'm sure after much prayerful consideration, the governor will be back on a plane for argentina to kneel at the altar of adultery. I don't think amount of prayerful consideration can save this numbskull from roasting in purgatory from the number of commandments he has broken. If being a hypocrite was a cardinal sin, then EVERY republican to have died would be dangling their toes in the River Styx.

    Aim high!

    August 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Realist

    Good to see all these people out here who haven't the slightest clue about marriage. Until you've been through that experience, you're unable to give any quality advice. Stop wasting blog space.

    August 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tatianna

    I stand by my previous post. Knowing one or more dems would attack her. When Sanford or a sitting rep president looks in the camera eye, pointing his finger saying I did not have sexual relations with that woman. When Sanford or a setting rep president pays settlement for sexual harrassment lawsuit, then you can get back at me. Bubbas back hoping to rewrite his impeached legacy. I never held any rep politician in the image of Messiah. I never held belief a rep president can reverse ocean waves, heal the planet, bring world-wide peace n harmony. Dems voted for a Savior, I voted for a president. Proof that Barack is the Obamessiah – Obamas flock has millions of sheep!

    August 7, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Vickie

    Mrs. Sanford is independentlh wealthy. She does not need him.

    August 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. JFGinOKC

    But Wyoming Democrat......

    Are you really being fair to Sarah Palin? I mean, she demonstrated her commitment to education by devoting 6 years to achieving her bachelor's degree. Oh wait.....that's only a 4 year degree, isn't it? OK never mind.
    She demonstrated her commitment to public office several times too.
    She was elected to the Wasilla City Council after all! Oh wait....she quit that position, didn't she? OK never mind.
    Then she was elected Mayor of Wasilla. Oh wait....didn't she quit that position too? OK never mind.
    Then she was elected Governor of Alaska. Oh wait....she just quit that one.
    And now people actually believe she can be elected President? Oh wait....didn't the recent poll numbers show 40% or less in favor of that?

    One thing we do know is that this lady loves the spotlight. She was just on the wrong bus. She shouldn't have been on the bus to DC, but rather the bus to Hollywood or Nashville, or wherever Rush Limbaugh lives.

    August 7, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. MJ

    Let us not be the first to cast stones – or forget – or forgive .. Does anyone remember Kennedy and a very dead young woman?

    August 7, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Well if she ends up a single Mom with four kids sure hope she has Health Insurance. There's many hard working mothers in the same situation that don't get alimony or inurance benefits. Those are the mothers that I have a concern for, Ms. Sanford is of priviledge.

    August 7, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. chicago4obama

    This country would be a better place without Gov Sanford, Lindsey Graham, South Carolina and the rest of the South!!!

    August 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Renea B

    It's about time. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Jenny, you deserve better. Move on.

    August 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. JimfromTx

    Surly the right can find some way to blame Pres. Obama for this... perhaps another sign of his growing fascism?

    August 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Canadian Chick

    Wow...seriously, with your economy in the tank, your armed forces embroiled in battles that kill young soldiers every day fighting for god knows what your ex-president Bush found worthy of fighting for but not worthy enough to tell the American people the truth about, American children starving and families without decent medical coverage losing their homes down every street, I would think that most of you would be saying...who cares, move on, next subject, big deal.

    Nah...let's slam the guy for cheating on his wife and praise her for continuing to drag it out openly in the media by EMAILING the media (wasn't she just asking for privacy a couple of months ago??). If only someone could make money selling tickets for this show, you would have the completed the American dream.

    Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for it...how 'bout focusing on pulling it up by its boot straps and focusing less on the failures of a mere man and a scorned woman...Geesshhh read Shakespeare if you're that needy for drama.

    August 7, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Jack

    As a resident in the great state of South Carolina, I think this is great! First of all Jenny Sanford doesn't need her husbands money, she comes from a very wealthy family to begin with so she will be just fine living on Sullivans Island with the boys and she will probably send them to Bishop England School. And second Ol Marks not the greatest governor this state has ever seen either, so he deserves everything he has coming.

    Bring Back Carol Campbell!!! BBCC

    August 7, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. sunshine

    there's a lot more to life than living in a governors mansion, like being with someone you can trust.

    August 7, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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