Updated on Sat, September 11, 2010 by Anne
Writing now about Martha Stewart’s brief career as a fashion model — and at Chanel, no less — we stumbled on a gem about Jenny Sanford, formerly married to South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. Gov Sanford is expected to be charged criminally tomorrow, resulting from a State Ethics Committee investigation of his actions in his Argentianian disappearing act with a woman later identified as his lover in June 2009.
Our focus in the original Jenny post was her circumspect nature — and her restrained dignity — in dealing with those events.Clearly, Jenny Sanford is an American original, continuing to fulfill certain First Lady duties for the state of South Carolina, even though she is now divorced from the governor.
In our tabloid, let-it-all-hang-out American, poor-me culture, Jenny Sanford was honest, realistic and dignified in the face of extreme personal pain and heartbreak. Unlike Silda Spitzer, she did not say “the woman is supposed to take care of the sex”, assuming personal responsibility for her husband’s actions.