Jenny Sanford Gets Even

Jason Zengerle sees her fingerprints all over trespassing leak
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
Jenny Sanford Gets Even
Jenny Sanford sits in the courtroom during her divorce proceedings at the Charleston County Courthouse in South Carolina, Feb. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alice Keeney, File)

Jenny Sanford says she's not behind the leaked trespassing complaint against her ex-husband. "It was my understanding that they were to remain sealed," she said yesterday. And that may, technically, be true, writes Jason Zengerle at New York. But her fingerprints are still all over this. "Jenny's not a dope. She's a savvy political operator, and she had to have known that simply by filing those court documents in the middle of a campaign, there was a very good chance they would eventually leak."

While Jenny Sanford has stayed officially neutral about her ex-husband's candidacy, "she's waged a brutally effective passive-aggressive campaign against it," doing all kinds of little things to keep his past transgressions in the news, like revealing that one of her sons hadn't met Mark's new fiance until she appeared onstage at his primary victory rally. Now, Sanford's campaign looks so dead that people are talking about organizing write-in campaigns—with one group openly floating Jenny's name. "She's certainly proven to be a better pol than her ex," concludes Zengerle; click for his full column. (More Jenny Sanford stories.)

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