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Jenny Sanford has got a lot to say about 'Mark' -- Mark Hammond that is

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
updated 7:08 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is "happy to speak about Mark."

He's got a terrible work ethic and he's big on wasting taxpayer dollars, Sanford says in an online video endorsing Ginny Deerin for secretary of state.

"I always thought that when Mark said he was going to work, that he was actually going to the office. Seems I was scammed," Jenny Sanford tells Deerin in the YouTube video.

And while her former husband Mark Sanford famously absconded out of the country to secretly meet with an Argentine mistress, Jenny Sanford is actually talking about another Mark -- Mark Hammond, the incumbent Republican secretary of state who was in office during her husband's governorship.

Deerin even thanks Jenny Sanford for her "willingness to open up about Mark."

But the jig is up when Deerin, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, asks why "Mark" seems "so awkward with that online technology," what appears to be a jab at Mark Sanford's recent 2,300-word Facebook post in which he announced his breakup from then-fiancée. (The former governor said the breakup was caused by strains between him and his ex-wife.)

And then the punchline, "Uh, we are talking about Mark Hammond right?" before an image of the 12-year incumbent pops up on the screen.

"I think it's time for a change in that office too," Jenny Sanford closes, describing herself as a conservative and a Republican.

Sanford isn't the first Republican to endorse Deerin, who has sought the backing of fiscal conservatives after reports that her Republican opponent only went to his office about three days a week.

And while Hammond might be in danger of losing his seat, Mark Sanford has since been elected to the House of Representatives.

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