September 22nd, 2009
04:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford scores book deal

Jenny Sanford's memoir will be published in May 2010.
Jenny Sanford's memoir will be published in May 2010.

(CNN) – Jenny Sanford, the estranged wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is writing a book.

Sanford has sold the rights to her "inspirational memoir" to Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, the publisher told CNN Tuesday. The memoir is slated for release in May 2010.

Ballantine did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Aside from a flattering interview with Vogue magazine, Sanford has remained mostly silent since June, when her husband publicly revealed an affair with an Argentine woman. In July, she and the couple's four boys moved out of the governor's mansion.

Gov. Sanford also had a deal to write a book about fiscal conservatism before the scandal short-circuited his political career. Sentinel Publishing was planning to publish "Within Our Means" in March 2010, but the company released Sanford from the deal in July, calling it "a mutual decision."


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. DJ

    Destined for the 99 cent bin...yeah the poor kids. Nice to know how the Neo-nut GOP base has such family values to put speeches to Communists, hiking trips err...cheating on the wife ahead of public duty.

    September 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    "Lemons into lemonade"?

    Money trumps everything, you mean.

    September 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Lowcountry Liberal

    Jenny is a smart lady: She took her kids and left the governor's mansion before they could be evicted!

    September 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Dem Hater

    No one seams to remember about Edward's wife's book deal. Hilliary has a book about how screwed up dems are, or I guess how her husband had a good time. It's no wonder the crime rate is what it is. Democrats believe they are above the law! It's obvious.

    September 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Mike S

    I thought she handled everything very well at first, but this is a bit much.

    September 22, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Farrell in Houston

    Another smart woman, just like Elizabeth Edwards, looking out for the financial welfare of she and her children knowing her husband isn't trustworthy. These two women have no way of knowing what the financial fallout will be due to their husbands adultry and the possibility of other children due to their affairs. They are smart in protecting and generating their own assets for themselves and their children and not for those outside of their marriages. Women can learn a lot from them by not sitting around waiting for the courts to decide who shares assets.

    September 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. the dude

    of course she is....

    September 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. wisconsin

    I am so sick of "tell all" books airing politicians' dirty laundry! Keep it to yourselves . . . . oh, that's right . . . there's money to be made airing your dirtly laundry! Ewww!

    September 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Phat Elvis

    As a Democrat i really like Jenny Sanford. she's been a class act through this whole ordeal. But why put her family through the scrutiny this will create? I guess she's making the best out of the situation.
    Best of luck to her, that stupid governor threw away a real gem.

    September 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Christian Values

    Typical of republicans. Use their family, embarrass them and drag them through the mud for a little cash. Republicans have NO family values at all!

    Yes, I agree: It was horrible what her husband did to her. But let's be serious, it's not like she didn't know he was a horrible person. He was a republican when she married him after all. It's just the way they are.

    September 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. u2canfail

    Ms Sanford needs a book deal. You see, she hasn't enough $$$. Be ugly, make more $$$, it works! You did see where Mr. Wilson is rollin in dough since his BAD behavior! Ha, the South shall fall some more.

    September 22, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Bill of Florida

    I think Mark Sanford should write another book: "According to Your Means." It would be a fitting swansong to his political career.

    September 22, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. david

    would rather read a book by argentina maria, sanford's lover. jenny certainly doesn't need the money since supposedly she was wealthy, powerful before marrying mark. judging by pictures on the Net of maria, she is a beauty compared to jenny. in a way, can't blame mark for straying.

    September 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Kris in AL

    How about calling it "Why I'm Staying with this Bum."

    September 22, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Steph

    Don't you think your children have gone through enough? Aren't you a conservative, family values-type Mrs. Sanford???

    September 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Lee

    Maybe she is writing this book for her children – to confirm that there is a sense of responsibilty in one of their parents. Money was definitely not the motive of her book as she is already rich herself. In fact some blogger even mentioned that each of their boys are richer than their father ever will be.

    I think the book is good for women in general, that we need not stand behind or by our idiotic husbands. She gave her best to her husband and he threw her under for an insecure, selfish, immoral woman who should have known better as she herself has a broken marriage. Now he realizes his mistake but the glass is cracked and almost impossible to repair.

    September 22, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    This was what the sorry SANFORD WAS HOLDING OUT FOR. Perople ought to ban the bvook right up front. No one should profit for immorality.

    September 22, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. diridi

    every tom dick and harry is writing the books...these books carry any values???? idiots...stop it....people do not buy these books...

    September 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Ted

    Good for her. Her husband is a complete and utter fool, moron, jerk. She is a beautiful sexy woman. Why did he commit extra marital relations? What a jerk?

    September 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. munchmom

    Oh, please.......I hate it when these men who cheat on their wives make it big because they can't keep...well you know what I mean. Here we go condoning inappropriate behavior in order for someone to get rich. Don't buy the book and let him suffer!

    September 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. CindyinPA

    Who would even want to read this book. First off you married an idiot, and now you want us to read up about it in your book? Just goes to show that everyone is a sell out.

    Here's a note for you. HERE IS A BOOK I WOULD NEVER BUY!!!

    September 22, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    I don't think heartache is set up...especially when your husband said he found his soul mate...you just can't pre write that script.

    I look forward to the book...even if the content is just mushy gooshy...I'll feel well to know I helped a woman in pain by buying her book.

    September 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Chris

    Is he entitled to half the proceeds?

    September 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Olivia

    Republicans and their book deals....it'll wind up on your neighborhhood garage sale table. . . priced at 25 cents

    September 22, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. pat cochran

    enough of this already!! these sanford stories are beginning to look like palin reality TV. please CNN let this one just fade away.

    September 22, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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