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Jenny Sanford: Son called my husband's affair 'worse than Eliot Spitzer'

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South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford writes in her new book that she got short of breath and later felt unwanted and ugly when she found out about her husband's affair with an Argentine woman.

The New York Daily News reported on its Web site Monday that Sanford also writes that one of her sons exclaimed that it's "worse than Eliot Spitzer" when she told them about Gov. Mark Sanford's infidelity.

Spitzer is the former New York governor who resigned after acknowledging he was a client of a call-girl ring.

Jenny Sanford's memoir "Staying True," published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Inc., goes on sale Friday. She will be interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 on Thursday night.

Sanford has filed for divorce from her husband of more than 20 years. The divorce will be final later this month.

Mark Sanford disappeared from the state for five days last summer, and his staff told reporters he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. But he was really in Argentina seeing his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, during a trip that was supposed to be an economic development mission.

Mark Sanford, who later called the other woman his "soul mate" in an interview with The Associated Press, publicly confessed the affair in a news conference upon his return.

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They have a son turning 14, I think today, a son almost 12 and one almost 17 and one almost 18. They are old enough to know about all of what is going on without the mother telling them anything. They are teens or almost teens and they can't be kept in the dark. They are old enough to have opinions of their own. I am sure they had plenty to say to their mother about the situation. When their father was the butt of late night comics and the focus of investigations and legislative inquiries and their entire life has been turned upside down, they will have an opinion. She has a right to do what she thinks best with her kids. If she thought it was appropriate to include one of their comments I'm sure she had reason. She can pretty much do s she wants- she is the one with all the money.

Posted by: alaskan2 | February 2, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Understand her pain, but why quote your young son. Putting him in the middle?

Anyway one spells 'infedility' across economic/cultural/social lines it delivers pain.

In the end no one wins. That said Mark should be a poet. Not a governnor. Those emails to the Argentinian, wow! Beats the "Sons of Solomon."

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 2, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Considering we're the state of DeMinted, Joe Wilson and Andre Bauer, I do want to point out that the Sanfords are carpet baggers.

And - they have proven that trash and rich, well, one don't rule out the other.

Posted by: edismae

My goodness, you sure are angry -- seems a little off topic but I guess it is easy to hate rich people.
However, do you know Jenny Sanford?
Or, her children? I feel very sorry for the children especially.

Despite what her husband did, Jenny and her family appear to be very decent people. But who am I to judge?

Posted by: pjcafe | February 1, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Jenny Sanford and Elizabeth Edwards have opted for divorce. With a string of infidelities that will make John Edwards' and Mark Sanford's actions look amateurish, Elin is still considering, weighing her options.

So many millions!!!!

Posted by: pKrishna43 | February 1, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Considering we're the state of DeMinted, Joe Wilson and Andre Bauer, I do want to point out that the Sanfords are carpet baggers.

And - they have proven that trash and rich, well, one don't rule out the other.

Posted by: edismae | February 1, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I am from SC and if we had any Representatives with any backbone Sanford would have been impeached. A young person asked me if what he did was not wrong. I said yes it is definitely wrong and immoral. His next statement was, well why is he still the governor. I had no answer except that our legislatures has no guts. I hope our representatives can sleep well at night. They certainly slept through this debacle.

Posted by: racam | February 1, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Just curious: Why is this story on the 44 "Politics and Policy in Obama's Washington" blog?

Posted by: dadada | February 1, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

newagent99, actually what is cruel and tasteless is the lies and mistrust initiated by Governor Sanford (and his request and insistence in continuing that affair) that brought this on. Adultery and divorce is shell shocking to any family unit, but the Governor didn't care about his family's best interests. Let me guess cheated on spouse(s) should suffer in silence, right?!

Posted by: ledouard | February 1, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I have real problems with the Jenny Sanford story. They both admitted it wasn't a true love match; those who know her in SC refer to her as the Ice Queen; she brought in a film crew to cover her move from the Governor's mansion, with her similarly dressed girlfriends joining her for the party, when she certainly could have hired movers. On the other hand, Mark Sanford claimed that he and Maria knew each other for years before the affair started. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

Jenny Sanford is a multi-millionaire in her own right and a very smart PR person too. She will be just fine and her book tour will be a circus. She's no victim; she's playing this just the way that she wants. And rolling that window down to hand her press release to the media, and dragging the kids in front of the cameras, was all part of her getting even.

Hopefully, both Mark and Jenny Sanford will end up in relationships where they are honored and loved and trusted. Clearly, that wasn't the case in the Sanford marriage for many years.

Posted by: carolineC1 | February 1, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

ah, Jenny Sanford.. on the way to making her career as the jilted republican wife.

and quoting her son on in her book... how tasteless and cruel

Posted by: newagent99 | February 1, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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