Jenny Sanford, the wife of the governor of South Carolina, called her new memoir "Staying True," but a better title might have been, "Smart Woman, Foolish Choice." From the very start, you want to scream to Jenny, Georgetown grad, Lazard Frères vice president: "No, don't do it! " Let's say your husband has run off with his Argentine mistress and then humiliated you -- no, make that humiliated himself -- by proclaiming that he has found his "soul mate," and she's not you.You could be forgiven, then, for dredging up every minor incident, exposing every annoying habit, in your memoir-cum-payback.He also called Belen Chapur his “soul mate,” and, you have to admit, he HAS now proposed to her. Remember that self-help book from the 1980s, "Smart Women, Foolish Choices"?Both are supporters of the state lawmaker who handily beat Rep.Gresham Barrett in a runoff for the party's gubernatorial nomination.E-mails, obtained by The State newspaper in December, between Gov.
Jenny Sanford confirmed a report about court documents she filed claiming she saw her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan's Island home on Feb.Mark leaves her a car at the airport -- a stick-shift, which she doesn't know how to drive -- and lets Jenny make her way through the lowland fog. "In retrospect," Jenny allows, "I suppose I might have seen this as a sign that Mark wasn't fully committed to me, and with the benefit of the knowledge I have about Mark now, I could point to this moment as a clear sign of things to come." Yah think? ." Item 3: Mark and Jenny are newlyweds, and it is Jenny's birthday. But Mark held firm that he didn't need to go with me to the funeral." Or -- my personal favorite -- the time he balked at accompanying pregnant Jenny to childbirth classes: "Mark joined me at one Lamaze class before deeming it a waste of his time since, as he explained, 'I've spent many long nights helping cows give birth and I know what to do when the baby gets stuck.' " As usual, Jenny manages to explain away her husband's boorishness: "Of course, many fathers still didn't attend births in those days." Those days? When Mark leaves his 2-week-old baby to climb Mount Rainier with friends, "I didn't really see any reason for Mark not to go off and enjoy his adventure." By the time Mark is in Congress, Jenny is reduced to instructing the scheduler to remind him of her birthday."Our brother can be such a piiig," Mark's sister Sarah tells her. "At the time, though, I thought his honesty was brave and sweet. He gives her a hand-drawn card -- with a picture of half a bicycle. And there is the touching moment when Mark has a friend pick out a diamond necklace for Jenny, has a staffer hide the present in her closet and faxes notes to Jenny and the boys cluing them in on where to search.A woman at the address answered to the name in the e-mails and, at first, agreed to speak to a visitor, but she declined after the visitor identified herself as a reporter.Shown a photograph of Sanford, the doorman at the building said he did not recognize him.3, roughly three weeks after he announced his bid for Congress.