CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's first lady, a former Wall Street vice president who helped launch her husband's political career, filed for divorce today more than five months after his tearful public confession of an affair with an Argentine woman.
"This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family," Jenny Sanford said in a statement.
The governor blamed himself, and said he and Jenny will "work earnestly to be the best mom and dad we can be to four of the finest boys on earth.
"While it is not the course I would have hoped for, or would choose, I want to take full responsibility for the moral failure that led us to this tragic point," he said in a statement.
Jenny Sanford's announcement came after a week of wrenching twists, including a legislative panel's decision Wednesday to turn aside an impeachment push in favor of a formal rebuke for the governor's conduct.