South Carolina: Jenny Sanford Not Running for Congress

Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:29pm

Sanford vs. Sanford? Not going to happen.

Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, said today that she would not be running for the state’s open 1st district, according to The Associated Press.

“The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn’t make sense to me,” she said.

Jenny Sanford had earlier told CQ Roll Call that she was considering a bid for the seat, previously held by now-Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican.

Mark Sanford, a two-term former governor and three-term former Congressman, looks poised to announce his bid in the coming days and would enter the race as the immediate front-runner, in spite of his well-publicized infidelities.

A number of other serious candidates are eyeing or have announced for the race for this safe Republican seat.