Jenny Sanford: I Won't Run Against My Ex
Says she's not seeking congressional seat
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 8:19 AM CST
In this photo taken Feb. 26, 2010, Jenny Sanford sits in the courtroom during her divorce proceedings from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, at the Charleston County Courthouse, in Charleston SC.   (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

(Newser) – There will be no dramatic contest between Jenny Sanford and her ex-husband, onetime South Carolina governor and no-time Appalachian Trail hiker Mark Sanford, when it comes to Tim Scott's open House seat. Mark Sanford is expected to run for the seat in a special election, and while some had hoped scorned ex-wife Jenny would run against him, Politico reports that she announced yesterday she will not. She enjoys being a mother and thinks that's a more important job, she told reporters, according to the AP.

Jenny Sanford had earlier signaled an interest in running. Meanwhile, Mark has not yet made a formal announcement, but was on a search for office space in Charleston last week and has campaign funds. Numerous outlets have reported that an announcement is imminent. Candidates can file as soon as Friday, with primaries scheduled for March 19 and the general election May 7. If Mark Sanford wins, he'll be back in the same congressional seat he held from 1995 to 2000.

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Jan 15, 2013 9:48 AM CST
Wonder what he threatened to say about her.
Jan 15, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Mark Sanford is delusional. He like many politicians image their popularity and greatness to be real. we can only hope the people of SC are disgusted by him and vote against him in big numbers.