On Tuesday, the Post and Courier reported that U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, had filed a blistering complaint against the congressman.
On Wednesday, Sanford responded.
The complaint filed by Sanford's former wife renews a bitter dispute in a long controversy starting when former Gov. Sanford famously left for Argentina in 2009 to visit his then-mistress without telling his staff.
Jenny Sanford's complaint makes a number of allegations against her former husband, saying he should be barred from exposing their youngest son "overnight to a member of the opposite sex not related to the plaintiff or defendant through blood or marriage." Sanford is engaged to Maria Belen Chapur - the woman whose affair with Sanford led to the scandal that marked his final years as governor - but they have not announced a wedding date.
Making any negative comments about the other in the presence of their youngest son.
Discussing any aspect of this case around their youngest son.
Taking illegal or unprescribed prescription drugs or "excessive amounts of alcohol" while responsible for the care of their youngest son.
Jenny Sanford also is seeking to have a guardian ad litem - a court-appointed official - to look after their youngest son's best interests on the ongoing legal proceedings, and she is seeking to have the case sealed from the public.
Sanford called the accusations "crazy."
"Since the time of the divorce I have tried to do everything in my power to be both a good dad and a former husband," he said in a statement. "It seems that nothing I can do at this point is enough, appropriate or adequate. The different accusations and requests made are, by their very nature preposterous, crazy, and wrong."
In his response, Sanford, R-S.C., said he chose to address the filing publicly because some of the issues raised by Jenny Sanford hit on his roles as both a parent and as the 1st Congressional District's elected representative.
A court date is scheduled Sept. 15.
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