July 3rd, 2009
01:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Sanford leaves to visit family in Florida

‘Gov. Mark Sanford will spend the July 4 holiday in Florida with his family.

‘Gov. Mark Sanford will spend the July 4 holiday in Florida with his family.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford has left the governor's mansion and is on his way to visit his family in Florida, his office said Friday.

Sanford departed the mansion, where he has spent much of the last 48 hours, in the passenger seat of a state vehicle.

Sanford will spend the holiday weekend with his wife and their four boys.

"The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend," his spokesman said in a statement yesterday. "The Sanford's also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July."

The trip marks the first time Sanford has spent time with his wife since he revealed to the Associated Press that his mistress is a "soul mate" and that he had "crossed lines" with other women.

Jenny Sanford released a statement Thursday calling Sanford's actions "inexcusable," but she left the door open to reconciling with her husband.

"The real issue now is one of forgiveness," she said in a statement. "I am willing to forgive Mark for his actions."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. concerned citizen

    There it goes another episode of the days of the life of our beloved SC .governor. After becoming an embarrasment to himself, his family and of course to the much discredited GOP he goes to Florida to spend time with his family and trying to be in love again with his wife after leaving his soul mate. We the citizens hope he can go on with his life, but still he must resign and let someone with the ability to lead to run the affairs of the state

    July 3, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. david

    sanford is probably going by way of argentina so he can see his lovely maria. jenny is such a fool.

    July 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. B.H.

    Just keep heading south and stay there!

    July 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    Wow! 48 hours and he's ready for another vacation and another woman! Wonder if his kids still have the Father's Day cards they made him ... since he wasn't in the country for the actual holiday.

    July 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Denna

    Frankly I think he should have gone back to Argentina. I'm guessing that Maria will be warmer and more loving than Jenny is. I'm willing to bet that this woman is going to clothe herself as a martyr and whine continuously. She needs to take a clue from Hillary Clinton. Now there is a woman who kept a stiff upper lip during Bill's naughty experience. Jenny should now just tell reporters that she is working on her personal life and that she would have no further comment. In other words, shut up before you lose sympathy.

    July 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Great, that is the excuse, where is he really going?

    July 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. SandraWI

    You might want to put a low jack on him to make sure he's where he says he is.

    July 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Patrick, Lake Stevens, Washington

    Hope he does not get lost, sidetracked, or decides to take the scenic route!

    July 3, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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