Gov. Sanford: I stand by this family decision

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is moving out of the official governor's residence with their four sons for the school year, and the governor says he supports his wife's decision.

Gov. Sanford sent a statement Friday afternoon as First Lady Jenny Sanford and several other women moved clothing and boxes from the mansion in Columbia on Friday.

In a statement, Jenny Sanford said she is moving to the family home on Sullivans Island, some 120 miles east, but will continue working on her marriage.

Jenny Sanford issued the following statement on Friday morning:

I am so thankful for the overwhelming support and prayers we have received from people all across South Carolina.  I am literally in awe of how blessed we are to have such love and support from family and friends, old and new.  It is with this support, and after much careful and prayerful consideration, that I have decided to move back to our home in Charleston with our sons for the upcoming school year.  From there, we will work to continue the process of healing our family.  While we will be leaving Columbia, we will return often, and I will remain engaged in activities in my role as First Lady, acknowledging that my responsibilities to my family come first.  Once again, when it comes to personal family matters like this, I respectfully ask that members of the media allow us to go on with our lives in peace.

The first lady and the boys moved to the home at the end of last school year, a few weeks before her husband publicly admitted he'd been having an affair with an Argentine woman he has called his soul mate.

On Friday, the governor issued the following statement:

"The First Lady's Office has already put out a statement that speaks for the family, on this decision that we felt best, both for our process of reconciliation, and for the boys in the upcoming school year.

The Sanfords and their sons returned this week from a trip to Europe. When they left the country on July 23, Gov. Sanford said it would be a working vacation, with plans to work on different economic opportunities for the state.

The governor told WBTV in Charlotte that he carried two Blackberry phones with him at all times during the trip.

Sanford said he had constant contact with his staff and that he worked hard during his vacation with his wife and four sons.

The governor said he plans to continue on until 2011 when his term expires.

"I'm going to work very hard on this job because I have a tremendous responsibility to the people of South Carolina," and he added, "I'm going to work very hard to begin to restore that trust."

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