Jenny Sanford Moving Out

I’ve previously expressed respect for how Jenny Sanford has handled the scandal surrounding her husband’s “hiking the Appalachian Trail.” She has now announced that she is moving out. The State reports:

First Lady Jenny Sanford announced Friday she is moving with her four sons to Charleston and will no longer live in the Governor’s Mansion.

Gov. Mark Sanford later issued a statement saying he stood by the decision and that it was best for the family’s reconciliation process and for the boys in the coming school year.

The Sanfords have been trying to work on their marriage since Gov. Sanford admitted a yearlong extramarital affair in June with an Argentine woman.

Jenny Sanford had this to say in her statement:

“I am so 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.”

“It is with this support, and after much careful and prayerful consideration, that I have decided to move back to our home in Charleston with our sons for the upcoming school year.”

“From there, we will work to continue the process of healing our family.”

Personally I see one good reason for Jenny Sanford to move out of the Governor’s Mansion–in this case she can’t kick her husband out of the house.


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    Pug says:

    GOP, the party of family values.

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    Eric Dondero says:

    Help me out here… Aren’t Liberals supposed to be “tolerant,” of sexual diversity?

    Sanford had a mistress on the side. As do many American males, most especially Swingers.

    Why the double standard? Okay, for instance, for Gay males to sleep around, but not okay for hetero males?

    Where’s the tolerance?

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    Eric Dondero says:

    To the commenter above, apparently you are unaware that there exists a strong LIBERTARIAN! wing of the GOP.

    Not all Republicans are social conservatives. Most especially Mark Sanford, who is clearly identified with the libertarian wing of the GOP.

    In fact, we libertarian Republicans are quite tolerant of Men having mistresses on the side, and of the Swingers lifestyle.

    How can there be inconsistency on the part of Sanford, if he comes from the libertarian wing of the GOP?

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    Ron Chusid says:


    You are one sick dude if you don’t understand this one.

    This has nothing to do with gay versus straight males. It is a matter of whether one is in a committed relationship (gay or straight) and violates the trust of their partner. Jenny Sanford previously confronted Mark about the affair and insisted it be stopped. Mark Sanford failed to honor this and I respect Jenny Sanford for refusing to put up with this and leaving.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Now I get it. You have frequently shown that you have no idea what libertarianism really means. I think you have confused libertarian and libertine.

    Eric Dondero, Libertine Republican. That would be far more accurate than billing yourself as a libertarian.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    If we are to look for a poltical/philosophical explanation for Sanford’s infidelity, it has  nothing to do with libertarianism. This is more consistent with the view of C Street that they are God’s chosen people and above conventional morality.

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    Fritz says:

    Ron, I think you are reaching a bit there.  It is utterly normal for powerful men to have mistresses.  This has nothing to do with C Street or whatever.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    I was responding to Eric’s claim that this was related to libertarian views of Sanford. If you want to go the route of tying this into political views, then C Street would be a better answer than libertarianism. The belief that they are above conventional morality is an important part of their world view so at least this makes more sense than to tie it to libertarianism (not that there is a need for any political explanation).

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    Ron Chusid says:

    To elaborate a bit more on that, being in The Family is relevant as Sanford probably does use their beliefs about being above conventional morality to justify his actions. However it is also likely that if he wasn’t in The Family he would still have had the affair and come up with some other way to rationalize it.

    There is some relevance to Sanford’s views from C Street here, but this has nothing to do with libertarianism as Eric wrote. These are dangerous authoritarian nut cases, not libertarians. A group such as The Family which supports foreign dictators because of thinking they are also God’s chosen people are hardly libertarian (except in Eric’s bizarre view of libertarianism). Actually, having anything to do with C Street is actually an even stronger reason for a sensible woman to leave the guy than the fact that he had an affair.

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    mercedes says:

    congran alivio recibi la noticia que jenny y sus hijos se mudo ya que en cualquier momento su esposo corre a ver a su amante. ya le hizo perdermucho tiempo., ya basta de humillaciones despiadadas. es hora de poner las cosas en su lugar ya nada de lo que dice el es creible suerte jenny y no afloge el fue muy claro , no la quiere se canso de proclamar a los cuatro vientos reivindicando el sucesoque dios la bendiga a ella y a su hijos.

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    Fritz says:

    Mercedes — ¿Es usted una porteña?

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