To hear his ex-wife tell it, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford was a tightfisted jerk long before he left on a trip to the “Appalachian Trail” that turned out to be a tryst with his lover in Argentina.
He went on a mountain hiking trip with his buddies just two weeks after his first child was born. He pressed his wife into service as his campaign manager because he wouldn’t have to pay her, and demanded she return a diamond necklace he bought her after deciding he’d spent too much money.
And, in an ominous bit of foreshadowing, he had the bit about fidelity stricken from their wedding vows.
“He was worried in some odd nagging way, he said, that he might not be able to remain true to that vow,” Jenny Sanford writes in her new memoir, “Staying True.” “In retrospect, I suppose I might have seen this as a sign that Mark wasn’t fully committed to me, and with the benefit of the knowledge I have about Mark now, I could point to this moment as a clear sign of things to come.”
She will be in metro Atlanta this week to sign her book, a quick and compelling read at 212 pages. She’ll be at the Discover Mills Mall Books-a-Million store on at 7 p.m. Friday.
We’re talking to her later today. What would you like to know?