During that strange press conference in Columbia, S.C. this afternoon, Gov. Mark Sanford was asked if he and his wife Jenny had separated. He said that “in a formal sense we are not.”
The State newspaper just published the following:
Jenny Sanford, in a statement issued late this afternoon, said a “trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage.”
“When I found out about my husband’s infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage,” she said in her statement. “We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.
“During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week.”
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