Jenny Sanford, the first lady of South Carolina who won wide acclaim for keeping her dignity while her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, spent the summer blabbering about the extramarital affair with his Argentine "soulmate," announced today she is filing for divorce.
Here's her statement, as provided by the Columbia State newspaper:
As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples. Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce. This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.
I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time. Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above.
The statement comes days after a House subcommittee voted six to one against impeaching the governor for misusing state funds to facilitate his affair when he left South Carolina for five days without explanation.