An affair destroyed former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's career, and he wanted his ex-wife Jenny to manage his comeback. What a jerk! Except, Jenny Sanford is not quite the picture of a helpless victim blindsided by her now ex-husband's jerkery at every turn. She probably saw this coming — her memoir, Staying True, is about what a weirdo her ex-husband is — and it's now time to dispose of the sad little Good Wife trope.
Sanford was famously caught having an affair with an Argentinian when he disappeared in 2009 and his staff told the press he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail." Instead of holding a perfunctory press conference with a brief admission of the affair, he rambled about the nature of "forbidden love." Jenny moved their four sons out of the governor's mansion and filed for divorce. Almost four years later, both Sanfords were floated as potential candidates in the South Carolina special election to fill the congressional seat vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's Denate seat. Jenny decided not to run, and when Mark found out, he visited her and asked for help, New York's Jason Zengerle reports. "Since you're not running, I want to know if you'll run my campaign," Mark Sanford said. "We could put the team back together… I could pay you this time."