June 25th, 2009
09:41 AM ET
5 years ago

Paper calls on Sanford to resign

 A South Carolina paper is calling on Sanford to resign.
A South Carolina paper is calling on Sanford to resign.

(CNN) - A day after Mark Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair, one South Carolina newspaper is calling on the state's governor to resign.

"Mark Sanford cannot navigate a deep and painful personal crisis and lead the state through its economic crisis at the same time," read an editorial printed in The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "This kind of personal issue is consuming. It will be more than a distraction from his duties as governor, it will be a higher priority."

The editorial comes after Sanford admitted he was in Argentina for the past five days to see a woman with whom he had cheated on his wife. Sanford said he did not tell his staff, or his wife, where he was going.

"The Palmetto State needs an effective spokesman who can talk to potential employers and convince them of the benefits of doing business in South Carolina without having to answer questions about his personal life," the editorial states.

Sanford immediately resigned his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but has not indicated any similar plans with regard to the governorship.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    I am not one to call for politicians to resign, especially over an affair, and that is not the reason in this one.

    However, when you are the governor and leave the country without officially handing the mantle of power over to the Lt. Governor, and are gone for a week, that is dereliction of duty.

    They put the VP officially in charge when Reagan was shot and undergoing surgery and that was just for a few hours. Six days and lied to the staff so if something had happened, he truly would have been of of the loop.

    That is reason for Sanford to resign.

    June 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Linda Owens

    He is very untrustworthy. He planned a secret trip to see his mistress after his wife found out about the affair and they were working on getting their marriage back together. I think he isn't really to give up his sparks as he put it for this woman. He told a lie and was very dishonest to his family and to the people of South Carolina. Not only did he lie but had someone on his staff helping him with his adulterous behavior.

    June 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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