Jenny Sanford: 'The Ball Is in His Court'

She's graceful, has it together, but is 'not emotionless'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 10:46 AM CDT
Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, speaks about her husband's recent affair admission at the family beach house in Sullivans Island, SC, on Friday, June 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
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(Newser) – Jenny Sanford has become a hero to many, the wronged political wife who is neither bitter nor silent. But she is human, admitting to Vogue’s Rebecca Johnson that she Googled her husband’s mistress. Verdict? “She’s pretty.” Sanford, a conservative Christian but not of the in-your-face variety, is forgiving: “I feel sorry for the other woman. It can’t be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment.”

Her husband’s affair shocked Sanford; counseling helped her understand his choices: “I have learned that these affairs are almost like an addiction to alcohol or pornography.” Nonetheless, “I am not emotionless,” she says. “The last six months have been filled with emotion.” As for a reconciliation, “it’s up to my husband to do the soul-searching to see if he wants to stay married,” she says. “The ball is in his court.”