Jenny Sanford's "Staying True": inside the Gov. Mark Sanford scandal
Fresh on the heels of a tell-all about the fall of presidential candidate John Edwards comes "Staying True," a memoir from Jenny Sanford, whose husband, S.C. governor Mark Sanford, had an affair with an Argentine woman. If you recall, he vanished for five days last summer, and his aides explained that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail (I never realized it went as far as Buenos Aires). After much bobbing and weaving, he admitted the affair -- and had the gall to ask his wife's opinion on handling the media. And you thought Edwards was a rotten husband. Some revelations from the book -- which will be released Friday -- and an interview to be aired that night on 20/20:
When Jenny and Mark married, he refused to promise to be faithful, insisting that the clause be removed from their wedding vows.
After the affair was exposed, the governor asked her permission to visit his lover again, saying that would be a testament to Jenny's love for him.
He also wondered -- aloud, to her -- whether he should follow his heart to Argentina, and whether he would regret it if he never did.
From the publisher's description: In Staying True, Jenny Sanford recalls her shock and anguish upon discovering that her husband was having an affair with a woman in Argentina, and the further pain when she learned—just a day ahead of most Americans—that he had not ended the affair when she believed he had. She reveals the source of her determination to be honest and forthright instead of the victim in the tabloid passion play that gripped the nation in June 2009.