Sanford on divorce: "I want to take full responsibility"

The South Carolina governor puts out a statement responding to his wife's decision to terminate their marriage

By Alex Koppelman
December 12, 2009 1:30AM (UTC)
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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has now put out a statement in response to his wife Jenny's decision, announced Friday morning, to file for divorce. It's a remarkably conciliatory statement, one in which he puts all the blame on his own shoulders, and deservedly so. Given the hits he's already taken, it's not like he has anything to lose, but still -- you don't see this amount of contrition coming from a politician every day.

The full statement, with a hat-tip to GOP 12:


While it is not the course I would have hoped for, or would choose, I want to take full responsibility for the moral failure that led us to this tragic point. Jenny is a great person, and has been a remarkable wife, mother and First Lady. She has been more than gracious these last six months and gone above and beyond in her patience and commitment to put the needs of others in front of her own. While our family structure may change, I know that we will both work earnestly to be the best mom and dad we can be to four of the finest boys on earth.

I will join with her in asking the press to respect our shared desire for privacy as we quietly move forward. We respectively ask for your prayers.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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