S.C. Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement Friday after his wife, S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford, announced that she was filing for divorce after twenty years of marriage …
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.
Gov. Sanford mysteriously disappeared from the Palmetto State for five days in late June – Father’s Day weekend, to be precise. He later confessed to having an extramarital affair with his Latin lover, Maria Belen Chapur, a woman he described as his “soul mate.” The governor also admitted to “crossing lines” with other women.