Mark Sanford’s Ex-Wife Allegedly Caught Him Trespassing

It looks as though anti-gay, 'traditional marriage' defending, Republican former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who left office over and extramarital affair and is now running in a special election for the state's 1st Congressional District seat, may be toast again.

SanfordThe AP reports:

Documents acquired by The Associated Press Tuesday say Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her South Carolina home on Feb. 3. Her attorney filed a complaint the next day and she confirms the documents are authentic.

In them, she says he was using his cellphone as a flashlight as he left. The couple's divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission.

Sanford has been ordered to appear in court two days after his election.


  1. RichB in PS says

    If only I was a SC resident, I’d support Jenny S. to run for public office especially for the 1st Congressional District seat. I also think [burnt] toast is too good for Mark Sanford.

  2. Lars says

    And I totally agree with RichB: Jenny Sullivan Sanford is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know her politics, but I admire and support her anyway. While her ex trips all over himself, she comes out looking like a strong and sympathetic figure.

  3. Patric says

    How pathetic to see gay men expressing political support for a person like Jenny Sanford, who over the past couple of decades has supported the candidacies of some of the worst homophobes in South Carolina, including her ex-husband and, since their split, current Gov. Nikki Haley. Have a little self-respect.

  4. Voter says

    NOM should hire Mark Sanford as a new non-cognitive spokesperson for their Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.

    (For either Mark or Jenny Sanford to oppose marriage equality of course reeks, to high heaven, of hypocrisy. Mark is also a friggin’ liar [Appalachian Trail].)

  5. Mark Parker says

    researching this a little more reveals this has been an recurring pattern for him. He’s trespassed already several times on her property. So he’s a sick puppy who has issues of stalking his ex wife it seems or something.

  6. jeff says

    I wonder what nasty piece of audio, video, letter, photo etc, that would have cost him the primary he was rooting around in her house trying to find. Hopefully she has it in a safe place and can release it about 3 days before voting day.

  7. MIke says

    I don’t know if you saw the photos when he won the primary, but his kids were on stage with him and his girlfriend, the Argentinian, made a “surprise” appearance. He’s got a kid maybe 10 or 11 and the look on that kid’s face and his body language would break your heart. The man is disgusting for doing that to his son, who obviously loves his mother.

  8. SC David says

    Sanford had a brilliant strategy in the primary. He blithely said from day one that he believed in “a God of second chances.” Meaning that if you brought up the Appalachian Trail lies and shenanigans you were attacking God. It was a maneuver of nearly Swift Boat nefariousness (did he have Rove on retainer?), and it worked. The tea party / Christian Right candidates who attacked Sanford failed miserably. Tax-cut-lovin’ Republicans just don’t want to hear about that stuff. Sanford has a knack for changing the subject to his being a more-righteous-than-thou small-government purist regardless of his actual behavior, his inability to work with others, or his lack of solutions.

    To give you an idea of how impossible Mark Sanford is, during budget negotiations with the state legislature back when he was governor, he called a press conference inside the statehouse where he carried two baby pigs, one under each arm. The pigs were named Pork and Barrel. The pigs shat all over the floor of the House. The legislature was infuriated. Virtually all of Sanford’s vetos as governor were overridden, almost a standing joke here. When it came time to bring him up on ethics charges, well, there were plenty of legislators lined up to supply the rope. Oh, and in a further demonstration of his personal style, Sanford announced that he’d barbecued the pigs and eaten them.

    Jenny, who brought family money to the marriage, raised some eyebrows with her tell-all autobiography, but other than that (she says she needed the money) she has been altogether far classier than Mark Sanford has deserved. She really has tried very hard to stay out of it. The home where she raised the boys is tasteful but not over-the-top extravagant, although it is located in an expensive beach neighborhood.

    Colbert Busch has avoided talking about Sanford’s morals, concentrating instead on depicting her as a self-made business-savvy single mom who understands how people struggle. Not usually a winning strategy in such a highly red district, but we’ll know in three weeks. Notably, she has criticized Obama for excessive spending and a bloated budget. Working against her is the highly conservative makeup of this gerrymandered district, which is programmed to vote for somebody just like Sanford. One wonders, though, if his support among Republican women might just slip a bit…

    And Mike (11:56:10) is spot on. The primary-victory celebration pic showing Sanford with his wounded sons as he is “surprised” by his mistress/girlfriend/fiancée? That’s a Tennessee Williams play in one image. The man really is a walking reality show.

  9. Paul R says

    Oh, I’m fairly certain there are rubes just as dumb in at least half the states. Not like Sanford is currently holding office. If the GOP tries to support him after this, it’s just more digging its own grave. Go for it! Why not just print up bumper stickers: We love insanity!

  10. MichaelJ says

    Ditto what Patric wrote about supporting Jenny Sanford.

    One thing that the religious right and economic elite portions of the Republican base have in common is an elitist notion that they should not be held to the same standards/same rules that they want everyone else to be held to. The rich and their sychophants rant about the 47-percent while generally paying a far smaller proportion of their income and wealth in taxes. And the religious right seems all too willing to forgive politicians and preachers who support their agenda of dictating personal behavior but whose own behavior is anything but exemplary. Whether by the heavenly god or the god of wealth and power, in their elitist world view they are to be given second chances — chances that are to be denied everyone else.

  11. SC David says

    The trespassing story got heavy local coverage today. Sanford’s campaign has just released a prepared statement:

    “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. Given she 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.”

    “There is always another side to every story, and while 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, I agree with Jenny that the media is no place to debate what is ultimately a family court matter, and out of respect for Jenny and the boys, I’m not going to have any further comment at this time.”

    So, you have your whining about publicity just before the election (Jenny’s lawyer filed the day after the trespass, back on Feb 4, and Jenny denies originating the leak), the claim that he only did it for his kid’s benefit (no explanation of the alleged multiple previous trespasses), and the delicious blaming of others for causing his children “embarrassment.” Very Republican, no? Surprisingly, no reference to God, guns or lower taxes. Perhaps I don’t have the full press release. 😉

    Although Mark is obviously well-connected in the political/legal system (they are very intertwined here), you underestimate Jenny at your peril, as she is a Georgetown grad and was a mergers and acquisition VP investment banker before meeting Mark. Mark had an smart society wife with connections; he left her for an exotic, younger, hot TV journalist. The divorce decree specified that neither may enter the other’s home without permission, so at the court hearing Mark will have to show cause why he should not be held in contempt.

    Colbert Busch has refused to comment on the news, but scuttlebutt is that her early lead in the polls has changed to being slightly behind. She has had a few fundraisers but is running a very low-key positive campaign (talks at retirement homes, lunches at diners, upbeat let-me-introduce-myself TV commercials, that sort of thing). Sanford has never lost an election and has an experienced and ruthless machine. His campaign signs—plywood spray-painted crudely like a rural sign with the words “SANFORD SAVES TAX $”—are so odd that I suspect they’re astroturfed. His campaign has criticized her relentlessly for taking money from unions, tied her to Obama, and now claims she is refusing to debate him. Might be a good time for an out-of-town mystery donor to fund a 3rd-party attack ad campaign portraying Sanford as a stalker.

    Oh, and one more thing–we already do have a reality show (“Southern Charm”) about to launch in this weird and wonderful city. It’s centered around the true story of a handsome, rising young local politician who was known as a party boy but lost his career due to a cocaine trafficking conviction. Unusually, he actually had to serve time, but they were Federal charges so his family name was less potent. File under don’t-know-whether-to-laugh-or-cry the fact that his big complaint now is that he can’t own a gun.

  12. Gabe R L says

    Why did you even post that ridiculous statement? Couldn’t think of anything constructive to post? What does his age have to do with this matter?

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