Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), had some kind words Wednesday for Huma Abedin in the midst of new allegations that Abedin’s husband, New York City mayoral candidate and former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), sent illicit chats to women on the internet.
“As a person and as a woman and as a wife, I’ve been through the painful reality of marriage with a troubled individual and having it in the press. My heart goes out to her,” Sanford told the Washington Post.
Sanford’s ex-husband experienced the kind of political redemption Weiner is seeking when he won a South Carolina special congressional election in May. Mark Sanford resisted calls to resign from the governor’s post after admitting having an affair with an Argentine woman in 2009. He finished out his term in 2011.
Correction: This post has been updated to show that Mark Sanford did not resign the governor’s office in 2009. He served out the remainder of his term and left the office in 2011.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.