As reported First on FITS earlier today, S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and her four boys have moved out of the S.C. Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, S.C. and are heading back to Charleston – leaving Gov. Mark Sanford all alone in a big, empty house.
Mrs. Sanford’s move comes after the couple spent two weeks in Europe with their boys and another week together at an undisclosed location ostensibly working on their marriage, which was rocked earlier this summer when the governor admitting having an extramarital affair with his Argentine lover, Maria Belen Chapur.
Here is the statement released by Mrs. Sanford earlier today:
I am so thankful for the overwhelming support and prayers we have received from people all across South Carolina. I am literally in awe of how blessed we are to have such love and support from family and friends, old and new. It is with this support, and after much careful and prayerful consideration, that I have decided to move back to our home in Charleston with our sons for the upcoming school year. From there, we will work to continue the process of healing our family. While we will be leaving Columbia, we will return often, and I will remain engaged in activities in my role as First Lady, acknowledging that my responsibilities to my family come first. Once again, when it comes to personal family matters like this, I respectfully ask that members of the media allow us to go on with our lives in peace.
And here is the statement issued hours later by her husband, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford:
The First Lady’s Office has already put out a statement that speaks for the family, on this decision that we felt best, both for our process of reconciliation, and for the boys in the upcoming school year. I stand by this family decision and accordingly ask the media to honor the zone of privacy that Jenny has asked for on behalf of the healing process and our four boys going forward.
Neither the governor nor the First Lady were available for comment.
Obviously, there are a number of theories as to what’s going on here, so stay tuned to FITS for our observations later this afternoon.