It's A Subdued Holiday Season For South Carolina's First Family

In holiday seasons past, South Carolina's first family seemed like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

Gov. Mark Sanford, first lady Jenny and their four sons flipped the switch to light the towering statehouse Christmas tree. They posed for a bucolic holiday card describing folksy family events like their youngest giving a turtle a new home in a fountain at the governor's mansion.

Oh, how things have changed after the governor's June admission that he took a secret trip to Argentina to visit his mistress, whom he calls his soul mate.

The couple no longer shares a home, but on Thursday, Jenny Sanford still plans to fulfill her traditional role as first lady and welcome the public to see the holiday decorations at the governor's mansion.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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