February 9th, 2010
08:51 AM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford calls memoir 'cathartic'

New York (CNN) - South Carolina's first lady, Jenny Sanford, said Monday that writing her much-anticipated memoir of her husband's affair was a "cathartic" and "cleansing" experience.

In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Sanford called "Staying True" - which hit bookstores Friday - "an honest account of the values I hold dear."

It was her husband Gov. Mark Sanford's loss of values that she blames on his much-publicized affair with an Argentine woman that was exposed by reporters after he disappeared for several days last summer. Staffers said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he later admitted he was actually visiting his mistress in Argentina.

"It saddens me because I believed in him and a number of people believed in him," Jenny Sanford said Monday.

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  1. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is a very classy education woman who has a lot to offer.

    February 9, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    Sanford is just as good a governor as he ever was. He is the same guy South Carolina elected: a Conservative who waves the flag while promising to enrich the upper class and impoverish the middle class. That's what South Carolinians apparently like.

    If we did a lie detector test on all elected officials and impeached all those who had been unfaithful spouses, we would not be able to get a quorum in Congress or in any state legislature. While women certainly enjoy the ritual shaming of unfaithful politician-husbands, it does distract us from real issues. I say that we should let family problems be resolved within the family. Let political problems be resolved in politics. Let the two stay far apart.

    BTW, genetic scientists have determined that about 4% of children are not related to the man their mother is married to. About a third of all children are born to single women. That's about 37% of all women who would be ineligible for any elected office if we impose a fidelity oath on office holders. And those are just the women who got pregnant. Surely there are many more. We need to buy more lie detectors...

    February 9, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Hayes Simmons

    WHY oh WHY does the media spend so much effort on everyday marital problems? So who cares anymore? Just another bad marriage ended with divorce. Same old, same ol.......

    February 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Gravitas

    Another opportunist. Shouldn't you be home healing with your family, instead of shredding the little bit of privacy you have left? These people deserve no compassion.
    I'm sure there's more to this story. A man does not just get up and cheat on his wife, unless he wasn't getting what he was supposed to get from the marriage. She's not all that innocent, it shows from her actions ever since this incident broke.

    February 9, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Conservative Voice

    Call it whatever...it is just a way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone...make $$$ and humiliate him they way he humiliated you....

    February 9, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Jack Fl

    Happy she left the cheater

    February 9, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Tom in FL

    It's an old story. The right-wing Republican nut-jobs who proclaim the loudest how holy they are turn out to be the biggest scumbags in the game. When will we learn?

    February 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Clint

    Have some personal pride. Its great that it helped you get over this, but to air it in public for money is sleazy. You should have written it and then locked it in a drawer.

    February 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. t22

    The more I see of this woman, the more I understand the governor's actions!

    February 9, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    In most of these cases, I think the wives really know, they just look the other way. Then when it hits the media, they can no longer look the other way.

    Womanizers, tend to be that way, all of their lives, right to the day they die.

    February 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Kari

    There were plenty of red flags before she married him. But, she married him and had children with him. When asked by Jon Stewart how her children feel about her book/promotional tour and she said "time will tell." Well how about being the parent and err on the side of caution: assume they will not be proud of your actions. First priority should have been protecting them and their privacy, not your catharsis. Just my opinion of course.

    February 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. kd

    who would buy this book? What's the point?

    February 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Steph

    Please do your cleansing in private!

    February 9, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. malia

    Liberal women should take note from a conservative and classy lady like Jenny Sanford...

    February 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    I'm glad that Mrs. Sanford had a catharsis.
    I have no interest in reading about her husband's sex life.
    How are the book sales going?

    February 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Angus McDugan

    Amzaing how cathartic money is!

    I know, she was done wrong by her idot husband.

    February 9, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Steve

    You know, when are we going to stop people like her writing books and making money? It's like vultures, preying on the dead.

    February 9, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |