Jenny Sanford not running for Congress

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford says she won't run for an open seat in congress.

Sanford said earlier she would look at running for Tim Scott's seat after he was appointed to the senate.

"I'm not running," Sanford said on Monday."I think my job as a mom is much more rewarding, much more important and much more productive. I'm involved in a private life here that I just love."

Had she run, it likely would have set up a race between her and her ex-husband, former Gov. Mark Sanford.

The former governor has not officially announced he is running, but he has campaign money and was looking for office space in Charleston last week.
Mark Sanford held the open 1st District seat before becoming governor in 2003.

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