Jenny Sanford does not care how a trespassing complaint against her ex-husband Mark Sanford could affect his chances of winning a congressional race next month, the former South Carolina first lady told The (Columbia) State on Tuesday.
Mark Sanford, a Republican who was South Carolina governor from 2003 to 2011, has been ordered to appear in court to answer the complaint, filed by Jenny Sanford’s lawyer, two days after the May 7 special election to fill the vacant 1st District congressional seat, The Associated Press reported.
“The race is not a concern,” Jenny Sanford told The State. “I am focused on raising my children.”
Jenny Sanford declined to discuss details about the Feb. 3 incident that led to the complaint.
Efforts to reach Mark Sanford, his campaign and state GOP leaders Tuesday were unsuccessful.
A spokesman for Mark Sanford’s May 7 Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, declined to comment on the trespassing complaint.
However, S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Sanford “has consistently demonstrated that rules are for everybody else but him.”
Citing documents, The Associated Press reported Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan’s Island home on Feb. 3, using his cellphone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed a complaint the next day. The couple’s divorce settlement says neither can enter the other’s home without permission.
Jenny Sanford had warned Mark Sanford about coming to her home in the past and demanded he stop, including having her attorney send a letter to the ex-governor and police, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Jenny Sanford also filed a complaint against her ex-husband for failing to make a $5,000 yearly contribution for one of their four sons’ college education costs, an issue that the former first lady said was resolved, according to The Associated Press.
Mark Sanford won the Republican runoff for the congressional seat along the Lowcountry coast in a bid to resurrect his political career.
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