Sanford's wife warned him not to see mistress

Jenny Sanford was shocked to find her husband had been in Argentina, because she'd told him not to go there

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 26, 2009 7:20PM (EDT)

Michael Jackson's death may have taken the spotlight off him for now, but things still aren't looking up for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

The governor has now had to offer to reimburse his state's taxpayers for part of the cost of a trip he took to Brazil and Argentina last year. His critics are welcoming that move, but aren't exactly about to let him off the hook politically for it.

And Sanford's wife Jenny, a key figure in his political career, is speaking out. In an interview with the Associated Press, Jenny Sanford said she discovered her husband's affair in January, when she found a letter he'd written to his girlfriend, and that he agreed to break things off. Before he disappeared last week, she says, he told her he was going somewhere to write -- that's what she'd said from the beginning -- and that she specifically told him not to go visit the other woman in his life.

That he went anyway is unlikely to do his marriage any good, obviously; in a state like South Carolina, where a majority of voters already want to see him resign, it won't help him politically, either.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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