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Sanford's Wife: I Asked Mark Not To Contact Us

(AP)
Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, put out a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that she asked her husband to leave two weeks ago so that she could "maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong."

Sanford admitted at a tearful press conference on Wednesday that he had been engaged in an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina for more than a year. He spent time with the woman during a trip to Buenos Aires from which he returned Wednesday morning.

"This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage," Jenny Sanford said. "During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week."

Asked at his press conference if he was separated from his wife, the governor said "I guess in a formal sense we're not."

Jenny Sanford did not appear by her husband's side as he announced the affair. She said in her statement, however, that he has "earned a chance to resurrect our marriage."

"Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him," she said. "I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance."

"This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family," she added.

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