Jenny Sanford Decides Not to Run Against Ex-Husband for Congress, Says Family Comes First

Jenny Sanford, South Carolina’s former first lady, said she will not run for Congress. News swirled last week that should would run against her ex-husband, Mark Sanford, for the Congressional seat vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Haley to fill Sen. Jim DeMint’s seat. Jenny Sanford, who has four sons with ex-governor Sanford, said her family comes first.

“I think my job as mom right now is much more important, much more rewarding and much more productive,” Sanford said, according to the Associated Press. “The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn’t make sense to me.”

Sanford was on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s short list of possible replacements for Republican Jim DeMint in the Senate. Haley appointed congressman Tim Scott, which created the House vacancy in the 1st Congressional District — a seat once held by Mark Sanford. Source

Mark Sanford previously held the Congressional seat. It would have been interesting to see Jenny Sanford go up against her ex-husband. Something tells me she would have been a formidable opponent.