Jenny Sanford: Praying For Maria Belen Chapur

by at . Comments

Jenny Sanford, scorned wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, has become a heroine, a graceful figure in the face of his tawdry affair with Maria Belen Chapur.

Her public response to her husband's strange liaison led the Washington Post to call her a "role model," and Newsweek to deem Mrs. Sanford a "media genius."

Back in June, when Mark Sanford publicly and tearfully admitted that he had not been traveling along the Appalachian Trail, as he claimed, but in fact traipsing around Argentina with mistress Maria Belen Chapur, Jenny was cool and composed.

Jenny (along with her sons) has since moved out of the governor's mansion, but the former investment banker and mother of four vows to give Mark a chance.

She recently sat down with Vogue Magazine to talk about being a politician's wife and how she's dealing with her husband's public infidelity. Some excerpts:

Jenny Sanford: Vogue

On understanding her husband's affair: "It became clear to me that he was just obsessed with going to see this woman. I have learned that these affairs are almost like an addiction to alcohol or pornography. They just can’t break away."

"Everybody would like an escape sometimes. I’d like somebody 5,000 miles away I could E-mail. It’s not exclusive to men, but I know that isn’t realistic."

On Mark's mistress, Maria Belen Chapur: "I feel sorry for the other woman. I am sure she is a fine person. It can't be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment. All I can do is pray for her because she made some poor choices."

On the beginning of her marriage to Mark Sanford: "We weren't madly in love, but we were compatible and good friends  ... I like to think we balance each other out. I am a conservative at heart, but I’m not passionate about ideas like he is."

On the next step: "All I can do is forgive. Reconciliation is going to be a harder road. I have put my heart and soul into being a good mother and wife. Now it’s up to my husband to do the soul-searching to see if he wants to stay married."

Maria Belen Chapur Picture

Jenny Sanford, left, and "other woman" Maria Belen Chapur.

Tags: , ,
Avatar

your right mb, why did you marry him, if were not madly in love. Did you think you were buying a car, or a house ? and saying i think this car would be nice for me,And the kitchen in this house this house has a lot of potencial...and the bacyard would be wonderful for entertaining....

Avatar

What struck me is that she said, "We were never madly in love." Seriously? Then how in her right mind could she expect a full filling marriage?

Avatar

Good role model? How about good door mat? If she wants to stay married to someone who lied to and cheated on her (and his constituents,) so be it but don't infer that other women should model themselves after her. That's just plain insulting.

Avatar

Jenny-YOU ARE A STUPID woman!! DIVORCE Mark! You are better off WITHOUT HIM!! Mark IS and ALWAYS will be a CHEATER LIAR DOUCHEBAG!! You are a LOSER, if you take him back!!

Avatar

Jenny is now being a STUPID DESPERATE COWARDLY woman! DO NOT TAKE HIM BACK or GIVE HIM A CHANCE!! Mark CHEATED LIED HUMILIATED you and WILL KEEP DOING IT!! Be a SMART and RESPECTABLE woman-DIVORCE him!! If not, you are a STUPID SHAMEFUL PATHETIC person!!

Avatar

Pray for your self. You are better off without him.

Mark Sanford Biography

Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch Mark Sanford is the Governor of South Carolina. From 1994 to 2000, he served as the Republican representative in the U.S. House of... More »
Born
Birthplace
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Full Name
Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr.
×