Report: Ex-wife accused Sanford of trespassing

April 16, 2013

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's (R) ex-wife has accused him of trespassing on her property, and Sanford is due in court two days after the looming special election, according to AP.

Jenny Sanford's lawyer filed documents in court following an alleged altercation on Feb. 3, and she confirmed the documents' authenticity to AP. Post Politics was not able to reach Jenny Sanford immediately.

The terms of the Sanfords' divorce state that neither of them is allowed to enter the other's home without permission, AP reported.

"I am doing my best not to get in the way of his race," Jenny Sanford told the AP. "I want him to sink or swim on his own. For the sake of my children, I'm trying my best not to get in the way, but he makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing."

The report also says Jenny Sanford accused Mark Sanford of failing to make a $5,000 payment for one of their son's college education in 2011, but she said the matter has been resolved.

Sanford's campaign didn't immediately comment to Post Politics.

The potentially game-changing revelation looms as Sanford, who is trying to come back following revelations of an affair with a woman from Argentina during his tenure as governor, faces a potentially difficult May 7 race against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch for the House seat he represented before becoming governor.

The event occurred after Sanford announced his candidacy. Jenny Sanford has declined to endorse her ex-husband or Colbert Busch.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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