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.”

Filed under: Mark Sanford
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. patNY

    Recent pictures of Sanford shows him not wearing his wedding ring.

    June 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Island girl

    Why doesn't he opt for a hiatus from the political arena and appoint somebody to run the state for a while? This would ease the agony, put him out of the spotlight and let the media forget about him.

    June 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is getting blow out of proportion. As much as I love watching the GOP sink their own ship, Sanford's done. He should resign and call it a day.

    June 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Is it just my imagination or does it seem that the morally superior Republicans have an extremely difficult time with faithful behavior in the marriages they so revere that they do not want to include all in that institution. After all, they are the party continually bleating about one man and ONE woman. Of course, that could easily be one woman after another in their eyes. Can you say HYPOCRITES?????????????? Don't talk the talk if you aren't going to walk the walk here.

    June 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    He called for Clinton's resignation and impeachment yet he did the exact same thing, lied about it to his office and constiuents so sanford should be impeached also. Right republicans because certainly you guys wouldn't want to be known as the HYPOCRITES you are would you???? Karma is a mother!

    June 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    I have no sympathy for the Governor and could care less that he got caught. I think this should be a lesson to the family value republicans, they should choose their words carefully when they talk about the Democrats and their lack of vaily values. You never know when the same thing might come back to bite you. Such is the case of Bill Clinton who he voted to impeach him.

    June 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. D

    He's been so hard at work the last few days he just had to take a few days off

    June 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Tom St. Paul

    One can only imagine the tension in that beach house. Thicker than the humidity on a June day in SC.

    June 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. ED FL

    While the GOV is not exactly a day at the beach , it seems that automatically men are always pulverized when cases such as this occur, How come we have'nt been given the fact that it might be possible that the situation might be two sided. Immediately the male is the only one misbehaving and their is no doubt that the other half is always the Saint and above reproach. Just this instance[ for example ]the other culprit happens to also be a married person Nothing disparaging has been put forth about her. REMEMBER IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO>

    June 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Proud American

    Didn't this guy just come back from vacation with his girlfriend?

    June 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Dee

    I do not understand political wives. Why would you support a man who lied to you repeatedly? But they always seem to stand by their man. I don't get it. As for Sanford I would prefer he fade into the sunset never to be heard from or of again. I'm tired of one silly "crisis"after another when there are real problems in our country and in the world.

    June 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Enough

    FORMER republican – He didn't lie about it, but Billy Boy sure did. Pointing that finger at us as he told those bold faced lies. Until the proof was on the dress. When will you morons realize it is a bipartisan issue and quit throwing stones. Politicians are sleezy liars, party lines don't discriminate.

    June 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. ANNY

    He should be impeached.....that's what he wanted when Clinton got caught with his hands in the cookie jar.......so be it........GOP is the party of HYPOCRITES

    June 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Moonbeam

    Lucky for Mrs. Sanford! She doesn't have to "stand by her man" : she is a very rich woman in her own right.
    Tough for Gov. Sanford, though. Prenuptial agreement must be a real killer!

    June 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. rand

    I bet Ensign is thrilled with Sanford taking the spotlight off of him.

    The Sanford's need to make or break their marriage and that is their business. What's our business is holding our elected officials accountable for "what they preach" and exposing the blatant hypocrisy that seems rampant with the CONSERVATIVE, FAMILY VALUES, MORAL MAJORITY party.

    June 25, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Midge from Ohio

    Whatever about the marriage, but he needs to step down as Governor. He doesn't deserve it. He really helped darken the horizon of all Republicans.

    June 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Briana the college student

    from one Christian woman to another Mrs. Sanford you are being a complete doormat. You can forgive someone without taking them back.

    June 25, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. d1120

    The family went to the island....he secretly went back to ARGENTINA !

    June 25, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. The black spider

    If this woman is accepting him back that means she has also a huge responsability in pushing her husband offshore. Only him, her and family really knows what's going on.
    Sometimes we only judge the affair without trying to know what lead to the affair.
    1. Sometimes it's due to a vendeta (wife also cheated)
    2. Sexually depressed (wife is being to busy or reticent)
    3. Lack of attention or respect (very common in american women)
    4. Just because of sex addiction or lack of sex satisfaction (wife not creative)
    Love is a growing tree that need attention and care otherwise it dies.

    June 25, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom

    Its interesting that the usual GOPers are not commenting. Had this been a Democrat they would have been shouting for his resignation.

    The problem with the far-right is their holier-than-thou attitudes, so when these people fall, they fall hard.

    I remember the GOP's rage at Clinton! Impeaching a president because he lied about an affair! Good grief.

    Sanford should resign not because of adultery, but because he failed to do his job. No one disappears from their job for 5 days and has a job waiting when they return, they would be fired.

    May God bless Jenny Sanford and her sons, this is a tragedy.

    June 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Too bad he didn't meet with his boys on Fathers Day. That is what Americans get when they mainly vote in rich, privileged people who belive they are "entitled"into power.

    June 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Steph

    Please leave the family alone. His wife and children should not have their privacy invaded by the media. Mr. Sanford has done enough to hurt them. The media (and the American people) need to focus on his ability to do his job. If I left my job for a week without telling anyone where I was and without handing over decision making power to a second in command, I'd be fired!

    June 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. jim


    Agreed this is a bipartisan issue – difference is the republican party and their supportes think they are morally superior, yet live lies like this that is a republican trait.

    Leave the man and his family alone – they have enough to sort out; hwoever he should be held accountable for leaving is post without notification; this is unacceptable. Not sure if he needs to resign over this but he needs to be held accountable.

    June 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Obama 08

    Not that the Gov.'s personal life is any of my business, but why does he deserve a 2nd chance when he went to S. America to see his mistress during his 2 week separation that was supposed to "help" his marriage? That being said, as a South Carolinian who has always thought Sanford was a joke, the only bad thing about him resigning is that we'd be stuck with the law breaking Andre Bauer.

    June 25, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ ED FL: Maybe it "takes two to tango" as you so eloquently put it, but please remember that while the "other culprit" may also be married she is not an elected official who's salary is paid by the tax-payers of SC. BIG DIFFERENCE!

    @ Enough: "Billy Bob" did lie, yes he did. However, I don't recall President Clinton ever claiming to be morally superior to anyone. Sanford has and continues to do so! Also, how can you say "he didn't lie" with regard to Sanford????? What the hell would you call what's been going on the last several days??? The truth is, he DID lie, and most likely would STILL be lying if he hadn't gotten caught!!!!

    A confession after you get caught doesn't really hold much water in my book

    June 25, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
1 2 3 4