Jenny Sanford didn't stand by her man, and now she may be a senator. CNN's Peter Hamby reports that the former South Carolina first lady is among five people GOP Gov. Nikki Haley is considering appointing to the U.S. Senate.
"Her final choices for the seat are Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney chosen by Haley to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control," Hamby reports. "One thing they have in common: a warm personal relationship with the governor, who is known to prize loyalty."
Sanford would be the first woman senator from South Carolina. Two of the names on the list - Scott and McMaster - have been circulating since incumbent Jim DeMint announced last week he was leaving the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation
Sanford has largely kept a low profile since weathering a storm of scandal in 2009, when her husband, then-Gov. Mark Sanford, disappeared from the state to visit his girlfriend in Argentina. But earlier she was a driving force in Mark Sanford's political career, including six years in the House of Representatives and an underdog win for governor in 2002.