April 16, 2010

King of Politics: Playboy, Palin and Low Places

Posted: 02:40 PM ET

In a week that started off with the largest gathering ever of foreign leaders in Washington, D.C. for a nuclear security summit and ended with the final stop of the Tea Party Express in the same city, there's been a lot of political news.

However, here are some of the stories you MAY have missed this week (click on the links for the full story!):

1. Former U.S. Secretary of State is 'crazy' for his iPhone.  Who knew?? (USNews)

2. A few months after her divorce with SC Governor Mark Sanford was finalized, former SC First Lady Jenny Sanford has a new boyfriend! (fitsnews)

3. Why did former Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann draw such a huge crowd at a Minn. rally? Bill Maher believes its because they are 'MILFs'.  What's a MILF, you ask?  Click here. (NowPublic)

4. One of these people sang "I Got Friends in Low Places" to the other: Garth Brooks and Senator Dick Durbin. You're first guess is probably wrong. (politico)

5. Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's call girl posed for "Playboy."  The pictures are out there, but not linking them up here. You can certainly google them, though.

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Filed under: Bill Maher • Colin Powell • Jenny Sanford • Michele Bachmann • Politics • Politics is King

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February 5, 2010

Silent no more, wives go public about husband's affairs

Posted: 11:15 AM ET

South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford talks to Larry about the sex scandal that ended her marriage. Her husband cheated on her and lied about it. Now she's moving on. Her story, Monday night at 9 ET.

(CNN) - In front of cameras and on the pages of widely promoted books, the wives of a few high-profile cheating husbands have been finding and broadcasting their own voices, a pronounced shift that has some who study infidelity applauding.

Available in bookstores Friday is "Staying True" by Jenny Sanford, who filed for divorce in December from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose affair with an Argentine woman was exposed by reporters after he disappeared for several days last summer. Staffers said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later admitted he was actually in Argentina with his mistress.

Sanford's published perspective is the latest addition to a small library of books written by wives betrayed by their prominent husbands. And the book arrives with perhaps the shortest time between marital shock and print.

Dina Matos McGreevey was one of the first political wives to make the public about-face with the release in 2007 of "Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage." She stood shellshocked three years earlier, by the side of her then-husband, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, as he stepped up to a microphone, quit the office, and came out as a "gay American."

Elizabeth Edwards provided a glimpse into her journey with "Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities," published last May and months before she and her husband, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, eventually separated.


Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Larry King Live

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December 15, 2009

What's next for Jenny Sanford?

Posted: 01:46 PM ET

By Andy Barr via Politico

After spending years as a key player on her husband’s political team, South Carolina’s soon-to-be ex-First Lady Jenny Sanford now finds her own prospective political career the subject of considerable speculation.

With extensive connections, an impressive resume of her own, access to the state’s top fundraisers and a widespread belief that she played a central role in her husband’s political successes, Jenny Sanford has South Carolina political insiders wondering privately and in local political blogs whether a run for Congress—or even governor—is on the horizon.

Sanford announced Friday that she is divorcing Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, whose once-bright national political career was crippled by his admission of an extramarital affair.

While Jenny Sanford has avoided mention of any political ambitions of her own, her background suggests she’s well-equipped for a run for public office. After serving as her husband’s campaign manager both for his first run for Congress in 1994 and his initial run for governor in 2002, she emerged as a backroom powerbroker with ties to the state’s political elite.

And prior to her work on her husband’s campaigns, Sanford was an accomplished investment banker who became vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Lazard, the New York investment bank, by the age of 27.

“From my personal knowledge of her personal intellect and demeanor, I know that she is one of the most talented and smartest political operatives I have ever seen,” said Katon Dawson, the former chairman of the South Carolina GOP and longtime confidant of the Sanfords.

Indeed, some even credit Jenny Sanford with helping to save her embattled husband's job this summer. While she notably did not appear by his side at the press conference where he admitted to his infidelity—and quickly moved out of the governor’s mansion—when pressure for the governor to resign was at a fever pitch in July, it was she who reached out to state legislative leaders to quell the calls for his job.


Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford • Politics

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August 18, 2009

Jenny Sanford: "I Feel Sorry For The Other Woman"

Posted: 11:18 AM ET

By Rebecca Johnson via Vogue

Before Jenny Sanford came along, the options for wronged political wives were pretty poor. You could suffer silently (see Silda Wall Spitzer), deny everything (hello, Hillary), or make catty asides about the harlot who caused your husband to stray (Elizabeth Edwards). Then came Jenny Sanford. jenny sanford
Early this past summer, just as the world was savoring the news that yet another conservative Republican politician had tumbled from grace in a manner worthy of the best French farce—“hiking the Appalachian Trail” will never have the same meaning—there emerged an unlikely hero in the mess down in South Carolina. Petite, clear-eyed, strong-willed, pious without being smug, smart without being caustic, Jenny Sanford became an unlikely heroine by telling the simple truth. Her children were the most important thing in the world to her. She had kicked the lying bum out of the house when he refused to give up his mistress, but marriage is complex, life is hard, and if he wanted to try and make the marriage work, the door was open.

Her one-page statement saying as much was written without the help of spin doctors or media consultants. It came from her heart and her head. It mentioned God without making you squirm. The world took note. Newsweek dubbed her a “media genius”; The Washington Post hailed her as “a new role model for wronged spouses.” On television, Diane Sawyer called her classy, praising her “grace in the glare.” While her husband was giving overly emotional press conferences about soul mates and impossible love, Sanford kept her mouth shut and her head down. Just as the scandal was finally dying down, she agreed to sit with Vogue and set the record straight about what really happened in the low country of South Carolina.


Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford

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