Scandal Fallout a 'Gut Punch': Jenny Sanford

SC first lady dishes on confessional press conference: 'way too long'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2010 1:42 PM CST

Jenny Sanford continues to offer tantalizing glimpses into her relationship with South Carolina governor and soon-to-be ex-husband Mark Sanford and the fallout of his affair. Sanford sat down with Good Morning America and provided NPR with an excerpt of her new book, Staying True. Some quips and revelations:

  • The confessional press conference: Sanford continues to make short work of questions about why she didn't appear with her husband when he announced his affair. "I don't know what I would have stood by him about," she tells NPR.

  • The aftermath: "How'd I do?" Mark Sanford asked after the press conference. "Talk about another gut punch," she says. Want her opinion? "He did not say what I wished he had said. And frankly, from a political perspective, he talked way too long."
  • Yes, he's cheap: Well, frugal. One year, for her birthday and for Christmas he gave her two halves of a drawing of a bicycle. "And then he delivered the bike—it wasn't even a new bike. It was a $25 used purple bike."
  • The scandal has taken its toll: "You get one good shot to raise your kids," she tells GMA. "And we've had a lot of challenges thrown on our plate this year." But she's optimistic about her four sons. "My hope is in the long run they'll be better men for it, better husbands and fathers in the long run."
(More Jenny Sanford stories.)

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