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. Joyce

    Jenny realized Mark is a jerk and is moving on with her life. Good for her!
    I am sure her book will have more class than Mark's life.

    September 22, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. AJ

    Anything for a buck...

    September 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Leave the Bum!

    September 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Buster

    CNN, if you spent as much time on Obama's LIES instead of Sanford, then maybe you would have more viewers. Rick says Fox lies, well CNN doesn't report the REAL stories.

    September 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Ledia

    Another waste of trees... Unbelievable!

    September 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. travis_bdboy

    Surprise surprise....DUH

    September 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Ren from Baltimore

    Well, no one knows really how much money Jenny has. Is it "enough" to pass along to her kids, to keep her healthy and happy in her remaining years?

    No one really knows either what sort of ghosts she needs to rid herself of. All those times when the Governor was on travel, couldn't make a family dinner or ball game or holiday...what, she must now think, was going on all that time?

    For most of us, this is a set of experiences and questions we will never have to consider. Reading about it, mostly ladies I presume, will help with the empathy we all feel toward Jenny Sanford. Good luck to her and the family.

    September 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    How do I get one of these?....

    Oh, that's right: do something controversial.

    September 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Bob of Lompoc

    Good. She deserves it. Her dimwit husband is about to become another smelly load on the trash heap of history.

    No woman, none, not even the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, all of them together, are worth what The Governor did to that family.

    September 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Jon

    This entire thing was a setup to score a book deal. I feel so dirty.

    September 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. John M, NoHo

    A whole book based on one event like that? Wouldn't a pamphlet or one interview on the View suffice?

    September 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. RCD Princeton

    Awesome. She's smart an accomplished in her own right and, unlike the wives of innumerable other disgraced politicians, had the good sense to ditch him the minute he mortified her on a national stage. I hope it's a best seller.

    September 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Squirt

    I WILL buy it! Don't care if it's 10 pages of expose and 245 blank pages. I will buy it just to support this LADY!!

    September 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. chelle

    Where in the article does it say she will be revealling personal information? It is a memoir...she can gloss over any ugly details she chooses. What a bunch of inane remarks – she hasn't written a word but you know what she's going to say?

    September 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Irma in North Caroliina

    I bet more people will buy this book then they would the one Sarah is putting out.

    September 22, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    Jenny will make millions from her book by playing the sympathy card, and she has every right to do so. Mrs. Sanford is very popular because she dumped her creepy husband, unlike the usual political wifes of Sen. Ensign, Sen. Vitter and Sen. Craig who forgive all kinds of affairs in the name of political expediency. Jenny has a fine reputation to uphold and two boys to raise, so she has every right to defend the Sanford name.

    September 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Roger

    Jenny writing a tell all? I don't care to hear what she has to say. She wasn't the one running around. She is responsible, wise and mature. I want to hear what the ol' tomcat has to say!! he is irresponsible, foolish and childish, that makes for great reading material. I want to hear all the sordid details of what went on with him and his Argentina soulmate!!

    September 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Many are writing books that few want to read! All these books! What are soap operas for?

    September 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Chuck, Tennessee

    Why do some of the dems who post here think the Repubs have cornered the market on cheating, lying, abd stealing? People from all parties, all professions, all walks of life, etc will make wrong choices in their lives. It doesn't make every person in the same group a crook, cheater, or liar.

    September 22, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    Go for it – he said he has found his soul mate and he hasn't been thinking of anyone but himself for a long time. He has embarrased you and your kids for years talking trash, so let it fly. I won't buy it, but if morons like the Beck-ler can make money spreading nasty lies about the Dems & Progressives then an intelligent woman like yourself sure as heck ought to make a buck telling the nasty truths about your hypocrite (republican) hubby.

    September 22, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Wisconsin mom

    For God's sake, Jenny! Dump him and move on already! You will further just hurt your kids more by writing a book! They have been put through enough already!

    September 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. laura

    Write a book, it's the Republican way.

    September 22, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Deb (long island)

    Good for Jenny Sanford. Long gone are the days of "standing by your man" no matter what the embarrassment. It is time we had strong women in both political parties.

    September 22, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. J.Crobuzon

    Looks to me like you blood-and-thunder "fiscal conservatives" are not very conservative in their relationships, while us crazy liberals are still married to our wives. It's socialism, that's what it is.

    September 22, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Who cares about an "inspirational memoir?"

    I want to know what this woman has to say about the man she is, unfortunately, married to, why she stays with him, what affect his jerkiness is having on her and her four sons, what failures exist in her marriage, how she feels about her hubby's "soul mate" chippie, and on and on.

    September 22, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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