August 12th, 2009
07:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford: It's 'hard' living alone in governor's mansion

Sanford did a round of radio interviews on Wednesday.
Sanford did a round of radio interviews on Wednesday.

(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford opened up about the state of his family on Wednesday - the first time he has done so since his wife, Jenny, moved out of the governor's mansion last week.

Asked during a radio interview how he's coping with being alone in the mansion, Sanford responded: "That part's hard."

"But there are consequences for any mess-up that we have in life, and that's one of them," the governor told Columbia-based WVOC radio. "That's probably the most bitter part of it."

Sanford said he and Jenny decided to move his four boys to Charleston for the school year because "they deserve to be out of the fishbowl they've been in."

"They've been subjected to a lot this summer," he said. "That was a result of my actions, but nonetheless it put them in a spot they really didn't want to be."

"The aftermath of any of these things is not going to be ideal," Sanford added, referring to his admission of an extramarital affair and the ensuing political fallout. "We take it a day at a time."

The governor did a round of local radio interviews Wednesday and spent much of his time responding to reports that he violated state law by booking expensive international flights and using state planes for personal and political business.

Sanford repeated his assertion that he has spent less on travel than previous administrations and claimed he is being held to a different standard because of his personal mistakes. The governor said that while most South Carolinians are ready to move past the saga, the only ones who continue to harp on the story are "the media and the political class."

"I fell in love with one woman I should not have fallen in love with," he said. "We all get that. Everybody's been trying to move on."

Sanford also acknowledged that his political career is effectively finished.

"I am dead politically," he said at the end of the interview. "I am not running for another office. I just want to make the most of the 16 months that are remaining in trying to honor where I started in this thing, which is, how do you do some things that hopefully make people's lives just a little bit better in South Carolina."


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Cry me a river boo-boo!!

    August 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Scott

    That's some pretty honest talk, at least until you read the part about claiming he spent less on travel than previous administrations. Does he not understand that you can't bill the state for personal expenses? He's not held to a different standard.... it's quite the opposite.

    August 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Larry

    CRY ME A RIVER ...

    Another loser discovers there are consequences to ones actions ...

    Your X wife, apparently not your soul mate, is a smart beautiful woman

    But I guess the grass is always greener until you start eating it

    You deserve being alone ...

    And soon the mansion will be gone as well

    CRY ME A RIVER ...

    August 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Andy

    He said what? "...do some things that hopefully make people's lives just a little bit better in South Carolina." Is this not the same guy who did not want to take Federal funds for his state?

    August 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Cant Get Right

    "I am dead politically," he said at the end of the interview. "I am not running for another office."

    Well, at least He's smart enough to know that Walmart is Hiring!!!

    August 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. CTSadler

    Don't worry, son... You'll be in a single bedroom apartment soon eating Ramen.

    August 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Karen L. Reimer

    Boo Hoo Hoo, I feel for the boys, I don't feel it for the Governor.

    August 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. DeeDee

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

    August 12, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    Well, being alone is not what got the man in trouble.

    August 12, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Oh, you poor thing! Its "hard" living alone in the mansion ... you're lucky that she didn't kick your sorry backside to the curb long ago. Frankly, you should have stayed in Argentina!

    August 12, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Rob

    For as much as I think libs are a bunch of yutzs, this guy only has himself to blame. He lied, then when he came clean and said he wanted to work things out with his wife, he goes and calls his mistress his soul mate. This is the kind of idiotic behavior you'd expect from....well, a liberal.

    August 12, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. No Mo Mark Sanford

    Asked during a radio interview how he's coping with being alone in the mansion, Sanford responded: "That part's hard."**The same thing that make laugh will make you cry (BOO HOO)***

    August 12, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. mike,Texas

    Boo Hoo

    August 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. notfooledtx

    WAAAAAA! You should have thought of that before you cheated your wife and family. No sympathy here.

    August 12, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Typical Republican

    Yea...and that's why it's ok to have an affair. So there! Stop being so mean to this noble guy. All he did was abandon his wife, children, defraud his state of money to be AWOL on same.

    Nothing wrong there. Just a normal day in the life of us Republicans. Get used to it!

    August 12, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Terry, TX

    Lay off Sanford.....I didn't see these democrats calling for the head of Bill Clinton when he was whoring in the White House. CNN you have milked this story....move on. Next there will be a Sarah smear. With all that is going on in the US.....CNN focuses on Sanford, Palin and Michael Jackson. Yawn!!!!

    August 12, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Dianne

    As an SCer, the only way Gov. Sanford can possibly make "people's lives just a little bit better in SC" is to get out asap. He has no character or class as he constantly subject us to his illegal, hypocritical actions. He is an abomination in many degrees. His "bestest" friend in the world Sen. Tom Davis too lacks judgment, accountability and character to choose his friend over consitutents. As a Beafort County resident, it makes me question every decision he makes as well. Constituents come first, friends far second.

    August 12, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Moe,Larry and Curly

    Mark,dont feel blue,you can always join the circus.

    August 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Your 2 heads should have thought about what you were doing to your family before you hiked the Appalachian Trail to Argentina. I have no pity for this man at all, I do for his sons and wife.

    August 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Chrissy, Tx

    AWWW. Don't feel bad Sanford. You won't be the first or last politician that is not perfect. The only difference is that your wife was not stupid enough to stay! Good for her. It's about time these women wake up and take control of their lives. I can guarantee that there are alot more politician's with skeleton's in their closets.. Like I always say, sooner or later your lies will catch up!

    August 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Now it's time for him to move out of the mansion. Perhaps a nearby motel would work. He can use my tax dollars for that.

    August 12, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Reg

    Hahahehe this 24 carat fool is whining about about being alone!

    The comedy is rampant from all the rethug-licans nowadays!
    Please resign Governor you have disgraced your C Street
    Christian Mafia and your uneducated body elective!

    We know your on a roll but your "confederate / holy" atittudes have
    taken you over the edge of sanity and not fit to Govern "anybody"!

    Governor where's the beef / wife?

    August 12, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. VP.

    governer,

    try eHarmony.com

    August 12, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |