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August 7th, 2009
02:10 PM ET

Jenny Sanford moving out of governor's mansion

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/25/south.carolina.sanford.wife/art.sanford.wife.cnn.jpg" caption="Jenny Sanford will live in Charleston while her husband lives in the governor's mansion in Columbia."]

Pete Hamby
CNN Political Producer

South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and her four boys are moving out of the governor's mansion in Columbia and back to their home in Charleston for the upcoming school year.

The wife of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford announced the news in a statement e-mailed to reporters on Friday, days after the family returned from a two-week vacation to an undisclosed location in Europe.

"While we will be leaving Columbia, we will return often, and I will remain engaged in activities in my role as First Lady, acknowledging that my responsibilities to my family come first," she said.

Mark and Jenny Sanford's four boys have attended Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, but they will presumably enroll in a new school in the Charleston area.

The Sanfords have lived together in the governor's mansion on Arsenal Hill since 2003, when Mark was sworn in as governor, but the family has also spent a good deal of time in their private Charleston residence.

The couple have been working to repair their marriage after Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman in June. He has rebuffed calls for his resignation and says he plans to serve out the remainder of his second term.

In her statement, Sanford said she was thankful for "the overwhelming support and prayers we have received from people all across South Carolina."

"I am literally in awe of how blessed we are to have such love and support from family and friends, old and new," she said.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Good for her!! I hope other political wives take a leaf from her book and quit doing the "stand by your man" bit on incidents similar to this. My best to her and her children – maybe they can all find some peace. More wonmen should behave as she has done.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    Divorce the cad already! A marriage can't be salvageable since the man is in love with another woman. Why would she want to stay with a man who says he has to "work on falling back in love" with his wife again?

    August 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Barbara in Culver City, CA

    I'm glad she has found some dignity and self-respect. She is a better role model for her children by not tolerating her husband's behavior.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  4. Michael C. McHugh

    Maybe Governor Sanford will be moving back to C Street when this is all over. I'm sure they have a room available and will leave the light on for him.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  5. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    I am so not surprised! I truly admire her strength of character and intense independence! She is definitely a lady to be looked up to! I wish her much luck and happiness in her future. She definitely has earned and deserves it.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 7, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  6. JC- Los Angeles

    A person with a backbone and self respect, imagine that; that's something the American people haven't witnessed in ages.

    Perhaps all the failures on Wall Street, Capitol Hill and in corporate America could learn a lesson from Ms. Sanford.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm |