Jenny Sanford was one of the first of the political wives who did not stand at the podium with her cheating husband, as he tearfully confessed and begged for forgiveness.
Her husband, former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford famously strayed with an Argentine woman who he called his soul mate, during that now famous 2009 press conference which Jenny skipped. The affair included a six-day absence from the state when the governor's aides did not know where he was.
Their affair ended after a decent interval when Jenny demanded that he end relations and contact with the other woman and make an attempt to save their marriage.
The couple divorced a year later and Jenny Sanford, who knows South Carolina politics well enough to have run Mark Sanford's campaigns says she isn't sure that the news of Newt Gingrich's "open marriage" request, as told to ABC News by his ex-wife Marianne, will be enough to turn off voters.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball" prior to Thursday night's GOP presidential debate Jenny Sanford was realistic about what effect, if any the news would have on the final tally. Video of the interview posted below.
“I don’t know how much of an impact because people for the most part already knew that Gingrich, you know, was on his third wife. But I think that actually seeing one of his wives speak about him in an unflattering manner has got have an impact in some respect.”
Polls taken today in the state, among likely GOP primary voters are split on whether Gingrich surged after Marianne's interview or not. The former Speaker of the House exploded in fury when the first question put to him at last night's debate was about his wife's accusation.
While she is unsure of the primary's outcome, she is certain of one thing -- she won't vote for Newt Gingrich.
"if you’re going to overcome somebody’s moral failings or infidelities, you also have to look at where they stand ideologically and how much does their rhetoric match their reality. In my mind, Gingrich falls short on both fronts." Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore