On Wednesday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford joined the growing list of cheating politicians. He admitted yesterday in a press conference that his 7 day absence was spent in Argentina visiting the women with whom he has been having an affair. Gov. Sanford had been a presidential hopeful in 2012 and known for following conservative values. This affair will surely have a destructive impact on his career. He recklessly left the country without telling anyone where he was headed and left the state at great risk with no one to lead in case of emergency.
The First Lady of South Carolina, Jenny Sanford, later released a statement regarding future separation and the affair. Here’s an excerpt:
In a statement that clearly was from the heart, Mrs. Sanford said that a lot of work went into trying to save the marriage, yet the couple has agreed to a trial separation. Mrs. Sanford shows her strong belief in marriage and respect for her husband despite his indiscretions. Keeping her children’s interests in mind, she is attempting to keep her family out of the public spotlight, and I hope the press respects her wishes.
“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.”