Jenny Sanford Gives Statement on Mark Sanford Affair in Argentina
Jenny Sanford has issued a statement about the Mark Sanford affair. The wife of the South Carolina governor talked about how she and Mark Sanford agreed to a trial separation, which explains why she didn't know about the Sanford's whereabouts.
We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.
This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week.
Mark Sanford has said that he ended his yearlong affair with an Argentinian woman known as Maria Belen Shapur and that his wife has been aware of the tryst for the last five months. He added that he hopes to reconcile with his wife.
Prior to the news of the Mark Sanford affair, Jenny Sanford had given up a career on Wall Street to campaign on behalf of her husband.