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Questions for Jenny Sanford, ex-wife of S.C. gov?

staying trueTo 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?

24 comments Add your comment

Teresa Sheppard

April 27th, 2010
7:52 am

What kind of father is he? What is his relationship like with his kids?

Tom T

April 27th, 2010
8:18 am

You might recommend that she read the book “Private Lies”, by Dr. Frank Pittman. It might explain a great deal of what she has been through. I had the same experience.

Elizabeth

April 27th, 2010
8:38 am

What kind of a woman would go on a book tour trashing the father of her children? Is her bitterness helpful to her kids? After all, he is still their father.

Is the best revenge living well–instead of trashing your ex?

butts

April 27th, 2010
8:50 am

well, check out her interview with john stewart (not sure if this link will post)
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-8-2010/jenny-sanford
she would not stop talking about how she missed having her staff of prison inmates to wash her dogs, tend her flowers, etc.

what an elitist bitch.

butts

April 27th, 2010
8:53 am

let me add: it doesn’t mean she deserved a cheating husband.

curious

April 27th, 2010
9:14 am

Hi, Jenny. Welcome to Atlanta. Nice to see that you brought some books with you.
By the way, are you staying with your new boyfriend? I understand he’s from the Atlanta area. Do the boys know?
Do you think Mark has anything to say about this?
Poor things. Mistakes in this marriage were not as one-sided as this book says: Mark meets lover in Argentina; Jenny goes to media, writes book.
Like a car in need of a tune-up, there are some timing issues that Jenny fails to disclose: Divorced in March; yet in an another relationship by April. Jenny, it sounds like you have more to tell.

Marcus Graham

April 27th, 2010
9:28 am

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

April 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Somehow the wife is always responsible and if she tells her side she is disloyal and to blame. No matter how much of a louse the husband is. Privately mistreated and publicly humiliated and lied to…just like the state he leads. Maybe it’s SC’s fault too.

Kai T

April 27th, 2010
9:43 am

Why she still keep using Sanford as her last name?

Big Mac

April 27th, 2010
10:15 am

What are your priorities for plastic surgery now that you are on the market?

Diana

April 27th, 2010
10:27 am

So glad she is moving on and is open to another relationship-do the kids approve and what is her relationship at present with Mark.

Jackie A

April 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Read her book and found her to be a class act. Mr. Sanford has some deepseated problems.The only problem I found with the book was she is to kind to him.With her book and her interviews she has been nice and even loving to him.She’s a better woman than I am.Glad she found someone and hope it works out for them.Would love to know how Sanfords family is dealing with the divorce.

oldfart

April 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Hell hath no fury and all that but who the hell wants to read a book about it?

Juanita

April 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

It amazes me that people can be so madly in love for years, break up, and be back in love with someone else in such a short period of time. I believe in moving on……but give me a break, can you really move on that quickly? uummmm

jackie A

April 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

The man Ms. Sanford is seeing is from Augusta not Atlanta.They went out to dinner and also went to the Masters together,I don’t remember love being mentioned.Having dinner with someone is a long way from being in love with them.Don’t forget that Mr. Sanford has been cheating on her for fifteen years,I think she’s entitlled to an evening out.Very few woman take back their maiden name after divorce when they’ve been married twenty years and have children.I know alot of divorced women,they all kept their married name.Would love to know why she was so nice to him in the book,I would have trashed him.Would also like to know about the woman in S.C.he was involved with.

KenFromCalifornia

April 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

question for ms. sanford: what advice does she have for other political wives who will be faced with the choice of getting in front of the tv cameras alongside their philandering husbands in a show of, “standing by my man”?

personally, i’m glad she had enough dignity for herself and her kids not to do it.

Elizabeth

April 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

Her ex is still the center of her universe as long as she keeps talking about him.

I wouldn’t want to give my power away to a man like that…

luckie1

April 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

If he was untrue for over ten years, why did she stay in the marriage? Why do Southern Belles front like they have a happy marriage. However, they are good at playing the game- write a book, go on the book tour, and get back into another relationship, while keeping the married name at the same time. I am saving my money for Elin Woods book.

Casandra

April 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Good for her! Love her!

Jackie A

April 28th, 2010
1:35 pm

Jenny Sanford is not a Southern Belle,she is from Chicago,and she didn’t know he was cheating on her until he gave the A.P.interview after his return from Argentina.During that interview he mentioned the other women,she found out the same time the world did.She divorced him after finding out,she didn’t stay with him.Nice to see a political wife with a spine.Just read that Mrs.Spitzer says her husbands affair was her fault,how sad that she would feel that way.Stand tall Ms. Sanford,be a leader for these sad political wives.

Tawny

April 30th, 2010
6:13 am

What an idiot! Go back to SC and shut-up.

FEK

April 30th, 2010
10:18 am

why would anyone read this book? are we supposed to care?

Archie

April 30th, 2010
12:15 pm

I don’t understand why people come to a webpage to announce that they’re not interested in the subject on that webpage. Why not just skip the webpage? I did not read Jenny’s book and I don’t have any hard feelings for those that did. At least she admits she knew he was quirky which is more than some women will do. I don’t see Jenny as some great martyr but I like some of the moves she’s made.

Debbie

April 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

Has Mark tried to reconcile with you since the divorce and does he tell you he still loves you? Is he still seeing the other woman? How do you deal with the pain?