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E-Release- First Lady Jenny Sanford Issues Statement [Did Sanford lie again in the press conference?]

June 24, 2009


Contact: Meg Milne

Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford

I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage. As well, for the last fifteen years my husband has been fully engaged in public service to the citizens and taxpayers of this state and I have faithfully supported him in those efforts to the best of my ability. I have been and remain proud of his accomplishments and his service to this state.

I personally believe that the greatest legacy I will leave behind in this world is not the job I held on Wall Street, or the campaigns I managed for Mark, or the work I have done as First Lady or even the philanthropic activities in which I have been routinely engaged. Instead, the greatest legacy I will leave in this world is the character of the children I, or we, leave behind. It is for that reason that I deeply regret the recent actions of my husband Mark, and their potential damage to our children.

I believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity, dignity and importance of the institution of marriage. I believe that has been consistently reflected in my actions. When I found out about my husband’s infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage. 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.

I believe enduring love is primarily a commitment and an act of will, and for a marriage to be successful, that commitment must be reciprocal. I believe Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage.

Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.

This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Laur permalink
    June 24, 2009 4:59 pm

    What a wonderfully dignified response by Mrs Sanford

  2. KansasGirl permalink
    June 24, 2009 5:14 pm

    Get lost Mark, we don’t need your kind.

  3. June 24, 2009 5:29 pm

    hmm… how strong is she? isn’t it?

  4. June 24, 2009 5:43 pm

    Lives are crushed because He is a weak man and couldn’t go the distants. He looked so little in his press conf. My heart and prayers go out to Jenny and her son’s.

  5. yougo girl permalink
    June 24, 2009 5:43 pm

    Jenny Sanford sounds like an amazing woman. Mark is profoundly stupid to walk away from such a wonderful life partner. Sure hope he learned a lesson

  6. elaina permalink
    June 24, 2009 5:59 pm

    Why is it that women are the ones to pick up the pieces for the family and the ones on the relentless lone journey to turn young boys into men. Truly lacking is the noble example of a decent, respected father. How can we expect our young guys to turn into the men they need to be with examples like this and many, many others like him. History proves that indiscretions like this will never cease, unfortunately.

  7. Anon permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:23 am

    Women STILL just don’t get it.

  8. Sherry permalink
    June 25, 2009 5:42 pm

    Thank you Jenny Sanford for your very meaningful comments. May the Lord continue to give you wisdom, strength and grace in the days ahead. I thank Gov. Sanford for being honest and repentant at the press conference, and pray that he will be restored. IF he truly repents and your marriage is saved and strengthened, it would bring hope to many families in similar circumstances. I’m very sorry this happened.

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