Skip to comments.Mark Sanfordís ex-wife: He asked me to manage his new campaign for Congress
Posted on 03/04/2013 10:06:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind
When I saw this detail in yesterday’s LAT piece, I had to read it three times before feeling confident enough to post it as a Headline item. I was sure I had misunderstood and that the “she” referred to was someone else. This guy may be a shameless careerist, but asking the spouse you wronged to help get you back into Congress while you’re planning a wedding with the woman you left her for would take things to a Charlie-Crist-ian level of soulless ambition. “House of Cards” would reject it as a plotline on grounds that not even Frank Underwood would sink so low. (Well … no, he would. And Claire, unlike Jenny Sanford, would accept. And then she’d have a fleeting moment of humanity with a waitress or a homeless woman before shoving it out of her mind to concentrate on plotting to destroy people.)
New York magazine says it’s true:
When he first ran for Congress in 1994, he installed Jenny as his campaign manager. He did this for reasons of economyYoure free, he told her at the timebut she proved a natural at the job. She blossomed into a shrewd political strategist, running Marks subsequent campaigns and becoming his top adviser. Will Folks, a former Sanford press secretary, says, Theres absolutely no way he would have ever won the congressional seat or been governor without her.
According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend. So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal. Since youre not running, I want to know if youll run my campaign, he said. We could put the team back together.
Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasnt going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.
I could pay you this time, he said.
Later in the piece:
Although Mark explicitly sought and received all four of the boys permissionI told them if they didnt want me to do it, I wouldnt do it, he saysJenny believes hes put them in an impossible position. Of course the boys would like to see their dad succeed at something he loves after all thats gone on, she told me. Having said that, what mother in her right mind would ever want to watch her children see all of their fathers trash rehashed again? Now that Mark is running, Jenny finds herself similarly boxed in. Shes furious at him for doing this and she doesnt want him to win, but hes still the father of her children, one of her friends says. Does she want her sons to always think of her as the person who prevented their dad from getting back on his feet?
Hard to be sure but it looks like both New York mag and the LAT found out about Mark’s job offer to her through Jenny herself or her inner circle, which I guess is her way of making life difficult for him without making it too difficult. Naturally, she doesn’t want to put her kids through hell by watching mom campaign publicly against dad. On the other hand, she knows how the public will react to hearing about the campaign offer. She’s not taking a side, just offering voters an extra little data point to inform their decision. Two powerful South Carolinians, Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney, have already endorsed one of Sanford’s opponents in the congressional special election. We’ll see if this shakes a few more loose.
Here’s the craziest thing about this, though, which New York picks up on: I think Sanford’s shamelessness is due less to reptilian calculation, a la Crist, than to a sort of startling obliviousness that’s unusual for a successful politician. One of the striking things about his meltdown in 2009 was how authentic it seemed. It was the opposite of damage control. Instead of issuing some pat statement about how he’d sinned and would no longer answer questions out of respect for his family’s privacy, he ended up blubbering to reporters about how his affair was actually “a love story.” I don’t think he fully realized how that looked and sounded, especially to his wife; his introspection actually contributed to the obliviousness. By the same token, I can sort of believe that he approached Jenny Sanford with the offer to manage his campaign without grasping how insulting it might be to her and how callous it might make him look to outsiders. If he had grasped it, he’d never have asked her: The downside risk of it being exposed and damaging him was greater than the upside chance of her saying yes, since he really doesn’t need her to win this seat. He can likely win it through name recognition alone. All he has to do is stay on her good side and not antagonize her into campaigning against him, but by approaching her with the offer, he probably made that slightly more likely than less. In the end, he’s more Peter Russo than Frank Underwood.
lol, what an idiot.
Mark Sanford is a selfish bastard. I hope the people of SC are smart enough to see him for what he is. But who knows...they keep re=electing Linsey.
To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, “Stay classy, Mark.”
I would crawl over ground glass to vote for Obama before I would cast a ballot for this cretin. How on earth could anybody vote for this worm?
RE: I would crawl over ground glass to vote for Obama before I would cast a ballot for this cretin
Even if he were to be another vote to repeal Obamacare or cut taxes?
I would not vote for a person with so little character for any office for any reason.
I know a man whose lesbian wife left him for a woman and she took 3 bank account with her.
he still has her working as his book keeper.
You want to talk about stupid.
>>>>RE: I would crawl over ground glass to vote for Obama before I would cast a ballot for this cretin
>>Even if he were to be another vote to repeal Obamacare or cut taxes?
It’s South Carolina. EVERY House candidate is another vote to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes. We don’t have to settle for damaged goods.
Yep, that’s stupid.
I remember the good old days when you disgraced yourself and shamed your family, you slunk off into the shadows and didn’t embarrass them any further...
Speaking of the Breck Girl- is he in jail yet?
If he asked his ex to manage his campaign while receiving a chemo drip...
Then I might be impressed.
Must be something in the water in the Carolinas, nah look at jesse james jr, or charlie rangle or the william bent-one klintoon, or any politician, most have no morals, and if they start with them, somewhere during the process, they make a deal that begins the process of the selling of their soul, and they can never go back.
I’d probably vote for Sanford, we know and he knows we know that he is a skunk whereas the rest of the skunks are still trying to fool us.
This guy is a shallow, selfish cad. If the good people of SC cannot find a good and decent conservative to elect to Congress then they deserve what they get which won’t be much.
2 things: 1) He was in love. 2) You only live once.
My friends, It happens more than we care to admit. I couldn’t afford to take the same path but when your time on this earth is limited and financial issues are not an issue those people are more likely totake the plunge for what’s real. I don’t think their marriage was an ‘arrangement’ like the Clintons. I would agree with you all in that he should find something else to do rather than run for public office. If I were prez I’d have no problem appointing him to a cabinet post.
If he betrays the biggest vow he makes in his life, breaking his promises to his constituents is nothing to him.
This would mean trusting him implicitly.
I’ve got another one for you. Sid Vicious of the rock group Sex Pistols kills his similarly unstable girlfriend and then kills himself. What do his parents ask of her parents? They asked that they be buried together.
This sounds just like my ex-son-in-law. This behavior is called narcissistic. My daughter ran her husband's three local campaigns, which he won. She was lucky enough to dump him.
Seen his new campaign signs? They’re spray painted on unfinished plywood to look like a grassroots operation.
Saw one yesterday. Yeah, sure.
When did you ever depend on a Politician’s vow? Sanford is bad but the rest are at least as bad if not more so.