July 4th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford to return to SC on Sunday

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/26/art.sanford3.cnn.jpg caption="Gov. Mark Sanford will return to South Carolina on Sunday after spending the weekend with his family in Florida."]COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford will return to South Carolina on Sunday after spending two days with his wife and four boys in Florida, according to his office.

Sanford departed Columbia on Friday.

The visit marked the first time Sanford has seen his wife in person 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. “I am willing to forgive Mark for his actions.”

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. SlowGun

    @VON BISMARK,Vienna. July 4th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

    Is any THOU SHALT NOT more imperative than the other?


    Yes...how about these two

    THO SHALL NOT push religious views on others
    THO SHALL NOT mix religion and politics

    July 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Carl

    Why won't Mark Sanford resign...especially when he called for Clinton to do so...then voted as a congressman to impeach him? This DO AS I SAY...NOT AS I DO hypocrisy is very damaging to the GOP. Now with the the inexplicable and bizarre resignation of Sarah Palin, it seems that the Republican party is in MELTDOWN mode. GOP hypocrites like John McCain, Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Guiliani all cheated on their first wives then married their mistresses. Guess the Republican Adulterers Trio (RAT...for short) will need to change their name as they add Sanford and John Ensign to their membership. Why is it that Republicans want Democrats to quit when caught...yet continue to stubbornly cling to power when the scandal is theirs? Larry Craig finished his term as a senator even after pleading guilty to gay sex solicitation. David Vitter enjoyed the regular company of D.C.prostitutes and voted to impeach Clinton too. He remains in the U.S. Senate today... Say what you want about the Dems...they are no saints...but they do not preach social values...family values...only to ignore them. Sanford abandoned his responsibilities as governor by disappearing for 5 days...lying to his staff about hiking the Appalachian Trail. If he refuses to resign, the South Carolina legislature should move forward on impeachment for dereliction of duty. Bill Clinton had a brief dalliance with a White House intern...but he NEVER walked away from his job...and told no one!

    July 4, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. lila

    John is right.
    If I thought for a moment that Mark Sanford could be happy and true to his wife and love her I would cheer his effort. But i don't. I think the only reason Mark is going back is because of public pressure. Maybe Jenny is OK with that? She already gave him a choice 5 months ago and he broke his word.. again and again. He says this other woman is his soul mate and has proclaimed his love for her to the world like a man who has found God... it's clearly not for Jenny that he is back. I personally could not endure knowing my mate was with me by public force and not honest will. How creepy.

    July 4, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Maybe he should start dating Sarah Palin. I hear she is availvable and cruisin the lower 48.

    July 4, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. k

    Sanford and Palin have their shortcomings, for sure. But the real nitwits are the Republican/Conservative leaders who back such weak candidates in the first place, apparently without much vetting.

    Government is serious business, folks. It affects all of us, some in life-and-death ways. When a person lies to his "lawfully" wedded mate and 4 kids like some 4th grader about an affair , or another believes in the "end of days" while looking to get their hands on the nuke keys, you have to question their capacity to make rash decisions in office.

    It's too bad reasonableness is gone from our political calculations.

    July 4, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Chad of New Jersey

    Hey, if B I L L C L I N T O N could continue as President of the United States when he did FAR WORSE things than Gov. Sanford (Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinski – and that's only the ones we KNOW about!), then leave it alone!

    This is a PRIVATE matter between Sanford and his wife. It's nobody else's business.


    And that goes DOUBLE for the PRESS!

    July 4, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. A.L.

    Ah! Now I see the (so-called) "conservative" come-back strategy - supply America with a steady stream of soap opera tales in hope that we will become beholden to them for melodramatic pablum!

    July 4, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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