Jenny Sanford: ‘I Also Feel Sorry for the Other Woman’


This week, Jenny Sanford breaks from the mold of spurned politicians' wives even further by deciding to hold a candid interview with Vogue about the South American infidelities of her husband, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. Here are some of the money quotes :

“Mark is not a bad person,” she says. “What the world saw in that press conference is someone who is struggling. None of us are perfect. We are all trying to do the best we can. I also feel sorry for the other woman. I am sure she is a fine person. It can’t be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment. If she knew the newspaper had those E-mails back in December, why did she want him to come in June? But I can’t go there too much. All I can do is pray for her because she made some poor choices. Mark made some poor choices. A lot of people were brought down by this, and I am sure that is not what they wanted ... . All I can do is forgive. Reconciliation is something else, and that is going to be a harder road. I have put my heart and soul into being a good mother and wife. Now I think it’s up to my husband to do the soul-searching to see if he wants to stay married. The ball is in his court.”

The money shot, of course, is the photo included here — in which she looks gorgeous, happy, and generally better off. In Vogue.

Notes on a Scandal: Jenny Sanford [Vogue]