Sanford to Wife: Let Me Have This Affair
SC's first lady told him 'in no uncertain terms' to stop seeing her
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 8:42 PM CDT
This June 13, 2006, file photo shows South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford smiling as he is joined by his wife, Jenny, after he won the Republican gubernatorial nomination , in Columbia, SC.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain,File)
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(Newser) – Gov. Mark Sanford not only had an affair, he asked his wife to condone it, she says. In an interview that ended in tears, South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford told the AP that he had asked permission to visit his mistress after Jenny discovered the affair. "I said absolutely not. It's one thing to forgive adultery; it's another thing to condone it," she said. "He was told in no uncertain terms not to see her."

When the governor disappeared last week, Jenny "was hoping he was doing some real soul searching somewhere and devastated to find out it was Argentina." He had sworn to end the affair. "I believe he has," said the first lady, who plans to focus on their four sons. But "we'll just see what kind of spirit of reconciliation he has himself." Separated for 2 weeks now, the couple have gone to counseling. "It's hard to find out your husband is not who you thought he was."