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Jenny Sanford in Atlanta tonight

staying-true-197x300Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, signs her new memoir at 7 p.m. tonight  at the Discover Mills Mall Books-a-Million store.

You can pretty much ask her anything.

“The world knows my personal business,” she told us during an interview this week.”They did even before I wrote the book.”

In the book, a quick and compelling 212 pages, she details life with Mark Sanford, who seems like a tightfisted jerk long before he bolted for a tryst with his Argentinian lover and said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But although she writes candidly about how he went on a mountain hiking trip with his buddies just two weeks after his first child was born, made her work 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, she shows no bitterness toward the father of her four sons.

“I’ve always respected Mark for the way he led in office,” she said. “Whatever it was that led him to the events of the last year or two doesn’t take away from my admiration from that. I knew when I married him he was a quirky guy. I still believed in his innate goodness.”

In one of the book’s most stunning passages, she details the scene in which she and her supportive girlfriends are watching the governor on television as he reveals his infidelity and rambles about his “soul mate.”

Right after the painful press conference ended, Mark Sanford rang his wife’s cell phone, asking, “How’d I do?” as if she were his dispassionate campaign advisor.

“Are you kidding?” was her response.

Today, she and the boys are living in their Sullivan Island home and she has confirmed she’s dating Augusta businessman Clay Boardman. She doesn’t rule out marriage again saying, “Sure, why not? I think I was a good wife to Mark.”

She and Boardman attended the Masters this spring, where all eyes were captivated by famous philanderer Tiger Woods.

“Each situation is unique,” Sanford said, adding that Elin Woods and her family are “in my thoughts and prayers.”

Moving forward, the former Wall Street finance wiz says she feels more drawn to business than politics. We think she should enter the motivational speaking business.

“You do the best you can every day with what God gives you.  Too many people want to play the role of a victim. You have a choice,” she said. “I have a great peace about me.”

While the South Carolina Governors Mansion, still and quiet without the rumble of her children “brings tears to my eyes every time I go back” and “feels lifeless now,” she sounds remarkably positive.

“I see the good in Mark Sanford,” she said, noting that she and her ex talk every day and are committed to raising their kids together. “I see he made some poor choices. God’s the ultimate judge of our actions. It’s not my place to judge him. I’ve had to deal with it but bitterness is something I’ve chosen not to pursue. Too many people remain bitter. I don’t want to be a bitter woman. I want to move on.”

8 comments Add your comment

Jackie A

April 30th, 2010
8:35 am

Ms. Sanford has been a class act through this entire mess.I wish Mrs. Spitzer could borrow alittle of Ms. Sanfords backbone.How pathetic it is that Mrs. Spitzer says her sick husbands problems are her fault.Stay true Ms. Sanford and go for it with Mr. Clay Boardman,life goes on,enjoy it.

Austin Rhodes

April 30th, 2010
9:34 am

Class act all the way ! She is an amazing lady…

Jessica

April 30th, 2010
11:57 am

D E

April 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

I wish Jennifer Aniston would learn to stop being the victim and move on ,,,,,,she does everything she does for Brads attention she knows the media will compare and show the pictures that is why none of her guys she uses hang around…………Take Mrs Sanford she is a class act and you can make a divorce work as wel las making a marriage work especially if children are in volved both of my exes were a big part of my kids lives and we all have good memoties now and the kids dads are both deceased and there are good memories rather than bad ones .

Kat

April 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

DE: Um…Jennifer Aniston is a movie actress and paid to be in the spotlight. Does she throw herself out there? No more than any other celebrity including the Brangelina team. As a note, I could not care less about celebrities, just calling it like I see it. Also, Jennifer Aniston DID NOT write a tell-all book, unlike this “classy” lady.

buckeye729

April 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

I would hope all young women would emulate the classy and healthy way Jenny Sanford has faced adversity. It was such a joy to hear she is dating. Mr. Boardman is a very wise man who know quality when he sees it. God bless all!

Tawny

May 3rd, 2010
11:36 pm

She is not classy. Example being, those racist comments she made on the Jon Steward show that someone referenced, but was taken down. AJC, you need to monitor other articles that are full of hateful comments. There is nothing classy about this lady. She knew he was having an affair long before the rest of us and she stayed. She only left after the public humiliation.

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