Mark and Jenny Sanford in happier times, after he won the 2006 Republican nomination for South Carolina governor. (Mary Ann Chastain/AP)

And you thought your relationship with your ex was complicated: New York magazine reports that while former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny have barely spoken since their bitter divorce three years, he recently asked her to run his congressional campaign. “I could pay you this time,” the magazine reports he told her.

Jenny Sanford ran all of her husband’s campaigns, starting with his first 1994 bid for Congress. The partnership, naturally, fell apart after his affair with an Argentine journalist went public in 2009. She passed up the chance to run for the open congressional seat herself.

Sanford and his team did not return the Post’s calls for comment on the report. But in an interview last month with our colleague Karen Tumulty, he expressed wistfulness that his former wife was no longer involved: “She was a vital part of every one of my campaigns and did an extraordinary job and therefore is missed.”

Though Sanford got engaged last summer to Maria Belen Chapur, the woman at the center of his 2009 scandal, he declined to discuss wedding plans or say whether his fiancee will join him on the campaign trail.

New York magazine: Back on the Trail

Earlier: With campaign, Mark Sanford goes from Appalachian Trail to comeback trail, 2/22/13

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