June 25th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford visiting family in Sullivan's Island

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Mark Sanford left the state capital of Columbia this morning and traveled to Sullivan’s Island to visit with his family, the governor’s office said Thursday.

Sanford’s spokesman also said the governor is calling state legislators and other state officials by phone.

Sanford’s wife Jenny has been at the family’s beach house on Sullivan’s Island since last week along with the couple’s four children.

The South Carolina governor returned from Argentina on Wednesday and admitted to an extramarital affair at an emotional press conference in the state capitol. Jenny Sanford said yesterday she asked her husband to leave two weeks ago for “a trial separation.” After the press conference, Sanford said in a statement that “Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage.”

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  1. Linda in Southern Indiana

    Since I have not been in this woman's position, I don't know for sure what I would do. I know he would have to assure me it is over and go for counseling. It would take a lot of forgiving and working through such a mess. I would have to know WHY?

    June 25, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Sam - SC

    Why are there 6 stories on this ticker about Sanford and NONE about the cap and trade bill being put on the House Floor TOMORROW!!!! This is the biggest tax increase in HISTORY being snuck in the back door.

    CNN needs to be held accountable for this negligence in reporting on our "current" government.

    June 25, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Slowgun

    Sniffit June 25th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

    Leave his family (and him, to the extent he's dealing with this private issue) alone for crying out loud. Enough. Honestly, if you want to destroy your ability to spoon feed the American public this kind of tabloid nonsense as though it's real "news" and has anythign to do with the governance of this country, then you'd best back off or you'll forever cross the line.

    Hey Sniffit, where were you when the Republican party spent millions of tax payer's money investigating and then impeaching President Clinton over this kind of thig?

    June 25, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. John

    So, Who's running the state?

    June 25, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Slowgun

    matt June 25th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

    To the liberals trying to say that Sanford should be impeached because Clinton was impeached…these are two completely separate situations. Clinton lied under oath to Congress about the matter. Lying to Congress is a crime. When the President commits a crime, he gets impeached.


    Exactly...very well said Matt. Now if Sanford lied to congress about , oh I don't know say WMD, or using torure, or wire tapping...then you could start the impeachment process

    June 25, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Pat, CA

    LacrosseMom June 25th, 2009 12:33 pm ET
    . . . I remember the GOP's rage at Clinton! Impeaching a president because he lied about an affair! Good grief. . . .

    In addition to Clinton, I also remember Ted Kennedy causing the death of a young woman (and now he's the "Lion of the Senate" ). And John Kennedy's numerous affairs. And Franklin Roosevelt's, and Jesse Jackson's child out of wedlock. And Eliot Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, James McGreevey, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom, Gary Condit, Gary Hart, as well as Barney Frank's prostitution service from his residence (and plenty on the other side, as well).

    "Good grief" . . . don't YOU be such a hypocrite . . . but hey - have fun trying to politicize this to YOUR advantage this time. But just remember, what goes around comes around.

    June 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. andrea

    Should have hiked to Sullivan's Island to begin with instead of crying in Argentina for 5 Days.

    June 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Really?

    Sanford needs to resign for the purpose of taking care of his family. That would be an example of putting his priorities in order.

    June 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    I still want to know if Ensign spent taxpayers money for his girlfriend to double her salary, her husband to be paid and her son to be paid.

    Why has THIS one gotten a free ride in the news?


    June 25, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Debra

    I hope he spares his family, and the rest of us, all of the days of media discussions of what he did and just do the right thing (apparently for a change) and resign.

    June 25, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Kim in Michigan

    So he sneaks out of town one week, and now he's enjoying a vacation at the beach.

    Through the bum out, South Carolina, and while you are at it get rid of the Confederate Army flag.

    June 25, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Julia

    I'm not a Republican, but these are just people. Like many marriages, theirs is going through the ringer. This poor lady and those kids have to go through this. I hope it works out for this family. This is a thoughtless mess this guy has gotten them all into. Terrible.

    June 25, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. DawnL,CA

    Just curious. How did the State Newspaper in SC get his e-mails? How do we really know he's on some island(or care)? Give it up Sanford-you are DONE-you hypocrite.

    June 25, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. johnnie

    cnn, you know this fool is done, but your network is a puppet of the gop ,your network is falling into a right wing hole, you dont tell the facts,the gop is done , period.every day the same old tired bull,do you read your emails,from the american people daily.we support the president,get use to it ,the change is hear to stay.stop being so jealous of president obama,you cant defeat him,no matter how you try.sanford would never be president,look at that confederate flag ,waving in his state.cnn needs to get real,or can you?cnn is a tool of dividing this country,its a shame, we the american people are not dumb,we have a president ,finally for the us,when will your network stop this false news,as i said read your emails. sanford is a joke, come on cnn.the majority is with the president, do you get it?

    June 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Lary Craig

    this visit was courtesy of tax-payers i bet

    June 25, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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