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

Sanford to return to SC on Sunday

Gov. Mark Sanford will return to South Carolina on Sunday after spending the weekend with his family in Florida.

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. Bob of Lompoc

    Dispise the man and his politics, but had a feeling, when he kept confessing, over and olver again, in various ways, that he was ill, needed assistance, and that his emotional growth stopped a long time ago. He sounded like a love sick teenager, not the Chief Executive of one State of the United States of America. What on God's Green Earth is wrong with these Republicans ?

    July 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Zero.

    You sit and hide in the White=House, like Obama...

    That's how you cheer on your troops.

    July 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Hold your heard up, do the job you know you can do...and take things one day at a time. God's speed to you.

    July 4, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. renea

    People can say what they might put its solely up to his wife to take him back. He said he is trying to fall back in love with his wife well this is a start.

    July 4, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    The outright nerve of some people is amazing. Sanford has talked about how his garbage fits into "Gods plan." Rush Limbaugh excuses his actions because of the effect Obama has had on him. The Republicans have come out and said that they would support him keeping his position as Governor if he kisses and makes up with his wife, and his wife is going to forgive his actions unconditionally.

    Are these people all taking powerful medications? Seriously... you could not make this stuff up.

    July 4, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Blueskys

    What loosers they belong to each other after saying someone else is "his soul mate " she must be afraid of loosing her castle .

    July 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. joel palmer

    Jenny would do well to dump this pathetic whining loser.

    he makes most of us want to puke

    July 4, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Carole

    I think he needs help bad. I did not like the hypocrisy of him blasting President Clinton. But either he is having a breakdown or has actually met his soulmate. Does his wife think it is a happy home with daddy yearning for someone else being miserable? Or, visiting happy daddy? I just wonder what is the Mrs. getting out of this?

    July 4, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. GPC

    As a native South Carolinian, I am sickend by the whole Sanford scandal. I am glad to be living elsewhere right now. While the unemployment in SC is well into double digits. Sanford has nothing better to do than jet off for a trist with his "soul mate," unless it is to refuse Federal stimulus money.

    How terrribly sad!

    GPC in Lubbock

    July 4, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Jon Krieger

    I'm sure they had lots to talk about!This guy sure has a pair of big ones.He should step down and step down now!

    July 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Perusing-through

    Dear Mrs. Jenny,

    Forgiveness is the right thing to do. But you need to think long and hard before accepting this pool of puke back so soon. I believe in forgiveness because it helps expedite the healing process of the victim (Jenny) and the offender (Mark). But your husband and you need "time alone" to comprehend all the elements that led to this disaster, and to get a deeper appreciation of the pathetic state of this public catastrophe.

    July 4, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Jack in Florida

    He needs to resign now.
    She needs to kick his butt to the curb now.

    July 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Wasn't Mark Sanford calling for Bill Clinton to resign over his affair with Monica Lewinski?


    July 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. T Mckinley

    Wasn't Mark Sanford calling for Bill Clinton to resign over his affair with Monica Lewinski?

    Well? What ever happened to practicing what you preach?

    July 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Lori laughs at the GOP and Palin's "leadership". At least Obama, the community organizer, doesn't quit!

    At first I had respect for Jenny Sanford but now I realize that she's just like the other dumb women that 'stand by their man' when they cheat on them. The disgusting part of this is that the Republicans CLAIM to be holier than the rest of us until they're exposed for who they really are. Note to Jenny: You can still forgive him AND you can dump him too.

    July 4, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Karrie

    His transgressions aside, with Palin’s way of thinking, here’s another lame duck (since he can’t run again) who should step down instead of “business as usual”, plodding along, wasting taxpayer money. Then he can be South Carolina’s greatest gift to the country.

    July 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. ck

    Which trail has he been "hiking" now???

    July 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Is any THOU SHALT NOT more imperative than the other?

    July 4, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. SlowGun

    Is he bringing Palin with him now that she resigned can they have their affiar in the open?

    July 4, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Sara from Arizona

    Why should anyone resign, just because they have an affair. It is really none of anyones business.

    July 4, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Sherrol in Canada

    Folks, I do believe Jenny is alot smarter than we think. She, in my opinion, is calculating, manipulative and yes, spiteful. She is killing Mark Sanford with kindness – as her latest press release shows.

    She speaks of and to him as one would a child.

    Is it possible that he has so little control over his family, that he displays defiance and acts like at rebel rowser in his professional life?

    July 4, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. lila

    I now believe Mark and his wife deserve each other. They had a chance to both find happiness but have chosen to say in the sink hole. Let them drown in their stagnate waters.

    July 4, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. John, Brooklyn, New York

    "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."

    Now...let me get this straight. He confessed his affairs to the press BEFORE he met with his wife in person to discuss the crisis in their marriage!? Clearly he has placed his desire to save his public image above his desire to save his family.....once again.

    July 4, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. SlowGun

    The Charleston Post and Courier reports that Mark Sanford, as a congressman, called on Clinton to resign when his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was revealed. Sanford is now Gov. Sanford. And, as just about everyone knows by now, he confessed today that he had an affair with a “dear, dear friend” in Argentina.

    But back in 1998, according to the Post and Courier, he said of Clinton, “Very damaging stuff. This one’s pretty cut and dried.” Calling the overall situation messy, he added: “I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally [to resign]."

    John Ensign had similar thoughts back then. Ensign is now Nevada’s junior senator. As the Ticket reported, Ensign's popularity slumped after he admitted that he had an affair with a former staffer.

    In 1998 he served in Congress and had this to say to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "The honorable thing for him to do is to resign and not put the country through this."

    No word from Sanford or Ensign on whether either man plans to resign.

    What are they waiting for?

    July 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. md

    I agree Ms. Sanford's most recent statement was disappointing, but I would hardly call it dumb.

    Politically, she is the only thing can have save him now, and she realized it.

    Her public message subtly implied: "Well, South Carolina, if I can forgive him, why can't you?"

    She could have killed his political career. She didn't. I don't believe this is ultimately for the good of anyone–herself, the state, especially the children–but if her goal is to keep him in office, she's done quite well.

    This is the only plausible reason she would feel compelled to update the world at large on her state of forgiveness. It was a smart move. A sad move, but a smart one nonetheless.

    I hope he appreciates her. Okay, I know he doesn't, but apparently he owes her getting into office at all and he most surely owes her retaining it.

    July 4, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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