Former first lady Jenny Sanford quieted any speculation that she may run for the open 1st Congressional District seat.
“I have no interest in running right now. I still have an eighth grader at home,” Jenny Sanford told reporters Monday at a press event at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center. She was there as a Hollings Center board member to promote a bill by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Denmark) to offer the HPV vaccine to middle school girls to help prevent cervical cancer.
“Being involved in organizations like this is much more important, much more rewarding and much more productive right now to be right here,” said the former first lady, who lives on Sullivan’s Island with her sons.
However, she did hint at Gov. Mark Sanford’s intentions to run.
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Jenny Sanford was a key advisor to her husband’s campaigns. The Sanfords divorced after he publicly acknowledged his affair with an Argentine woman, to whom he is now engaged.
There will be a special election in May to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was named to the U.S. Senate when Sen. Jim DeMint retired late in 2012.
Sheree Bernardi of affiliate WTMA contributed to this report.