Sanford calls accusations false

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford says accusations and requests made by his ex-wife Jenny in their contentious divorce are "preposterous, crazy and wrong."

Attorneys for Jenny Sanford are asking for limits on the South Carolina congressman's visitation with his youngest child and that he undergo psychiatric tests and take anger management and parenting courses.

In a statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sanford says he has done everything he can to be both a good father and former husband since the couple divorced in 2010.

Sanford says he has tried to avoid responding publicly to issues stemming from the divorce but must address them when they suggest he is an inadequate father or congressman. He says anyone who knows him knows the accusations are false.

Sanford's office released this statement.

"Divorce has many different tragedies and in some cases, unfortunately, unrelenting bitterness seems to be one of them. 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. 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. I have avoided responding in these sorts of things as best I could over the past five years and I want to continue to do so. But when accusations are made that would suggest inadequacy in my role as a father or inadequacy in my professional role as a congressman, they have to be addressed. I think anybody who knows me in the Lowcountry knows that these accusations are false."

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