Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford has admitted entering the Sullivans Island, S.C. home of his ex-wife without permission – a.k.a. trespassing – and violating the terms of the couple’s 2010 divorce agreement.
In a statement issued by his campaign, Sanford says he was watching the Super Bowl with his 14-year-old son, Blake.
“I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone,” Sanford said. “Given (Jenny Sanford) was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened.”
Sanford – whose infidelity and subsequent divorce made international headlines in 2009 – is attempting a political comeback by running for South Carolina’s first congressional district, a seat he held from 1995-2001. His Democratic opponent in the May 7 special election for this seat – Elizabeth Colbert-Busch – hasn’t addressed the trespassing incident, but other Democrats are saying the former governor may have violated criminal statutes as a result of his unauthorized access.
Meanwhile Sanford claims sealed court documents have been leaked in an effort to embarrass him in advance of next month’s election.
“I am particularly curious how records that were sealed to avoid the boys dealing with embarrassment are now somehow exposed less than three weeks before this election,” Sanford said in his statement.
Sanford’s statement did not address the allegation by his ex-wife’s lawyers that he has violated the no trespassing clause of their divorce agreement on multiple previous occasions.
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