More problems for Mark Sanford

Jenny Sanford has filed multiple complaints against her ex-husband, claiming he violated the terms of the divorce

By Jillian Rayfield
Published April 18, 2013 5:26PM (UTC)
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Mark Sanford's congressional campaign has taken a number of hits this week, beginning with revelations that his ex-wife filed a trespassing complaint against him. Now comes the news that Jenny Sanford has filed three others against him as well.

According to documents obtained by The Washington Post:


According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, Jenny Sanford filed a complaint against Mark Sanford in March 2012 for violating the terms of having their sons on the Sanford family’s Coosaw plantation. The terms state that “no airplanes will be flown at the children.”

She has also accused him of failing to properly insure the property and of missing a child support payment. Jenny Sanford told AP the latter situation has been resolved.

The news of the first complaint was followed by the announcement by the NRCC, the group of national Republicans that helps elect GOP candidates to Congress, that they would no longer give support to Sanford. As Roll Coll reports, outside groups have no plans to throw Sanford a lifeline, either:

A spokesman for the Club for Growth said that they had no plans to support Sanford, whose fiscal conservatism is in line with the group’s philosophy.

“We have not been involved in the race in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, in the primary, in the runoff or in the general,” said Barney Keller, a spokesman for the club. “We don’t expect that to change.”

Dan Conston, spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund Republican super PAC echoed a similar statement to CQ Roll Call.

Too add to the setbacks, the conservative women's group Concerned Women for America told the Washington Post that they are no longer supporting Sanford, and, in fact, are considering starting up a write-in campaign for Jenny Sanford. "It seems to me that the only other course of action is to write in another name on election day if indeed South Carolina law allows," Penny Nance, head of the CWA, told the Post. "CWA’s staff is still checking the legalities but I gotta say, Congresswoman Jenny Sanford has a nice ring to it. I know I wouldn’t be able to vote for Mark.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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