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. John

    This bozo better resign before this book hits the shelves. The crash and burn from this book will be down right Shakespearian.

    September 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. therealmarie

    The Sanfords should just go away. Who cares about their personal life? What kinda woman is she, to place her personal business for profit, in the public market. Did she even stop to think about what this may do to her kids and other members of her family. If she needs to talk about it, why not seek professional help.

    September 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Marie in California

    Glad she's doing the book deal. And Sanford should just voluntarily step out of the political arena. He's a jerk.

    Add him to the long list of philandering politicians of both parties......Willy with the Wandering Willy, John Edwards' hidden mistress and baby, NY governor Eliot Spitzer, and more.

    Immoral behavior does not respect party lines. These people are supposed to be the moral and ethical standard-bearers for our country, and when they show moral corruption.....well, they just gotta go.

    September 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    What, we haven't heard enough already? Nice going Mrs. Sanford, first you divorce the clown and then make money off of him.

    Imagine what would happen if, say, Hillary left Bill and wrote a book. All the right-wingers would have fits!

    September 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. jaye

    Good Grief!
    Like she's going to air her "dirty laundry" about her cheating husband – she'll write a book full of pure nonsense about how she's "standing by her man."
    WHO CARES!!!

    September 22, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. wisconsin

    Can't these women just form a support group with each other and leave the rest of us alone?!

    September 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. DawnL,CA

    Oh good grief! Up til now she showed some class & dignity. What happened? She doesn't need the money & to write a book just to slam her husband seems very low class.
    Just get on with your life-the best revenge is to be happy.

    September 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Paul, CA

    Both losers. She's proving it!

    September 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Mike

    Good for her! She should at least make some money after the so called family values point man did to her and her kids!!

    September 22, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Stephee

    I'm not sure if this is considered a good idea. Yet, it was expected.
    Sanford better think twice about not resigning once the book hits shelves. For all he's put his wife and kids through (along with so called "Family values" politic), he gets what was coming to him. (More shame)

    September 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. GOPer

    Anything to make a buck!

    September 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    I say "good for her" if her book does not cause more pain for her children. When that looser said on national TV that he had found his soul mate I ached for his wife. How humiliating for her. He deserves everything bad that comes to him. It was not enough for him to break his vows, lie to everyone and cheat the state and he HAD to tell everyone how great his mistress was. I say ruin the man. He does not deserve the family he had. The selfish ass even did this on Father's day weekend!

    September 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. ljh64819

    Who cares about either book? Certainly not me and, hopefully, not anyone else. Who wants to read about a disfunctional family and why they are getting paid probably millions because of that situation! There are too many people, including myself, who have had to deal several times with a cheating spouse, and the majority of us in the private life have not pubhlished a book!!!

    September 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Ellie - California

    First I was on her side and felt compassion for her and most of all their children. Now making a book deal to publish her story?! Who cares about for more details and trying to justify to everyone! Stop being like Mr Sanford and a hypocrite!

    September 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. George

    It's cash in time for Jenny. Just wait 'til she files the divorce papers and goes for a nice property settlement from lover boy to top it off.

    But don't worry, Mark. I understand that two can live as cheap as one in Argentina.....

    September 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Mickie

    Its about time a women in her position left her cheating husband!!! So many women who are married to men in office just look the other way, I'm not sure why, its probly the money? To hell with that, I would rather sleep in the streets than live with a husband who is having an affair. More women should be like Jenny, she is setting the right example. YOU GO GIRL!

    September 22, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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