June 25th, 2009
03:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Top South Carolina Republican calls for Sanford to resign

 South Carolina Republican National Committee member Glenn McCall has called for Governor Mark Sanford’s resignation.
South Carolina Republican National Committee member Glenn McCall has called for Governor Mark Sanford’s resignation.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – A top South Carolina Republican is calling on Mark Sanford to resign following his admission of an extramarital affair, making him the first GOP official in the state to say openly the governor should step aside.

South Carolina Republican National Committee member Glenn McCall cited Sanford's past criticism of Bill Clinton, and accused the governor of hypocrisy.

"He was saying our elected leaders needs to stand firm on principles and values and one of those is strong family values," McCall told CNN in a phone interview. "What he said is hypocritical if he doesn't step down, because he was right with what he said about Clinton and others. When you are elected leader we hold you to higher standards. "

Elected to his post by state GOP activists last year, McCall is not a state lawmaker and has no formal ability to pressure the governor to remove himself from office. But he holds considerable sway with the state's religious conservative community and is considered a rising star in the state Republican Party. He is also one of the three African-American members of the RNC.

McCall said his decision reflects the sentiment of the activists in York County, where he is the county party chairman.

"I got an e-mail from someone this morning who asked me, 'What is the difference between our party and the Democrats when we have our guys behave like this?'" McCall said.

McCall said he primarily concerned with returning the Republican party to national prominence. He said that the state legislature should investigate whether Sanford abused power or misused state money to visit his mistress, but he said he didn't think an impeachment vote would be productive.


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Kwesoe

    Bill Clinton must be laughing his pants off over this one. The stone Stanford threw at him some years ago has recochet and hit poor Stanford in his face. What a day of rejoicing it must be!

    June 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. KK

    Gov. Sanford's affair is a breach of trust between him and his wife. His leaving the state and not leaving anyone in charge is a breach of trust between him and the citizens of this state. For that reason, he should resign.

    June 25, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

    If republicans would just take a look at how far their "High Horse" has sunken into the mud of their own making, and jump off with the rest of us humans, onto the Earth, they wouldn't have to take such big hits every time they show up as human AGAIN – and YES, fellow "Communists"/"Socialists"/"Progressives"/"Liberals," these too are God's children – They just don't think that we are (envision high horse).
    I feel bad for the guy, I think I know how he might feel.

    I feel worse for the GOP which will undoubtedly throw him under the bus.
    Even good men make mistakes. Even good men lose good judgement to hormones/adventure.

    June 25, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    He is a laughing stock, and no longer has any credibility.

    Resign, man.

    Work out something with your wife about the kids, and then be with the woman you love.

    June 25, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Dave

    I find it surprising to agree with any RNC committee members, but I was actually thinking the same thing: wouldn't it be hypocritical to criticize and crucify Bill Clinton for infidelity, support an investigation and impeachment that wasted a sizable amount of taxpayer funds, and not hold yourself to the same standards. If only more republicans would hold themselves to their own principles maybe they could rebuild their future, but I won't hold my breath.

    June 25, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. mary

    June 25th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

    I don't see any reason for Governor Stanford to resign. He is only acting like all of the other politicians. Just look at Washington D.C. That seems to be all they do and we pay them for it.

    Hey BEBE,

    If everyone was jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge......would you?

    June 25, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Dave

    Maybe he will be the nominee in 2012 and run against John Edwards....lol

    June 25, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Jim in SC

    Mark Sanford, despite his recent accounting of infidelity, is still a decent man, who I believe is more interested in reconciling his marriage than restoring his gubernatorial credibility or political future. Regardless of your/our position of his political welfare, remember that he came forward and publicly confessed his wrongdoing. It is easier ... Read Moreto publically profess my faith than it is to confess my sins. Judge not, that ye be not judged. God deplores divorce but through our Lord, through whom we have now received reconciliation can restore all and make them whole. I hope that we can give him an opportunity to restore his family.

    June 25, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Ron from Mo.

    I see no difference in Sanfords hypocracy and the republican massive effort to sabotage the effort for health care change. It all reflects lies and deceit when it comes to family values and the protection of the business and insurance communities. Thats what repubs are all about and boy, did the last election prove that.....The voting public sees thru their efforts at stealing money and their destruction of regulating laws to protect consumers.

    June 25, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Laverne

    He should step down because anything he says and does from this point own will be discredited by the affair whether it is right or wrong. Gov. Sanford confessed and "manned up" because he had not other choice, the story was about to leak out and he knew it. Also, his wife had already kicked his butt out of the home. Most of these guys are only sorry they got caught, but not truly sorry for the affair. To err is human, but to pass judgement on other people is to leave one to judged.

    June 25, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Johnnie

    Gov., I read your emails to Maria and wondered how could you possibly shower such a seductive prose and not to your wife Jenny, the mother of your dear children and the first lady. Please quickly resign and console and renew your vows again, and this time listen and live your vows. I know we are all vulnerable, but ask God for strength, restraint and not be led into temptation.

    June 25, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Funny how these are the guys that went after Clinton. Clinton never went after them. In my mind, that puts the two in very different catagories.

    Larry Craig went after the gays, and his career ended in the toilet.

    The only equivalent I see is with Spitzer, but at least he seemed to be competent at what he did for the public.

    June 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. ADO

    Gov. Sanford left his state (and the country) without notification. Leaving South Carolina without the proper leadership in place.
    How can you justify his remaining in office?

    June 25, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Lynn

    should impeach him.

    June 25, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Andi

    Why are some posters defending Sanford? Aren't you the same people who wanted to 'purge and purify' your party? Although, I have to admit, since Newt and Rush want to 'purge and purify', as long as they can stay in, Sanford can, too. Maybe the GOP should just shut their collective pie hole and do some work for the people that elected them. As ignorant and hateful as some of those people are, they do deserve to be represented.

    June 25, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Avi Shlomo

    Well said Mr. Glenn McCall. It is time we have republicans like you.

    June 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Tino

    God... this is funny! And people wonder why the GOP is going downhill at a breakneck pace. From political figures to political commentators, they are all proving themselves to be huge hypocrites! Hysterical!

    June 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. rbgeorgia

    Who will cast the first stone?

    June 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. JOHN

    Regardless -he has got to go!! anyone who flies 10,000 miles to satisfy his desires without any consideration for the citizens of the state south carolina REALLY!

    June 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Jim in SC

    Mark Sanford, despite his mistakes and recent accounting of infidelity, is still a decent man, who I believe is more interested in reconciling his marriage than restoring his gubernatorial credibility or political future. Regardless of your/our position of his political welfare, remember that he came forward and publicly confessed his wrongdoing. It is easier to publically profess my faith than it is to confess my sins. Judge not, that ye be not judged. God deplores divorce but through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation can restore all and make them whole. I hope that we can give him an opportunity to restore his family.

    June 25, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    All Governor Sanford needs to do is change political party affiliation from republican to democrat and all will be forgiven by the media and they will quit covering this story.

    June 25, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. sc_old_timer

    He does not need to resign. If he does, there will be no Republican to stand up the Democratic leadership disguised as republicans in the SC legislature and wasting SC tax dollars like the Dems on the national level wasting out federal tax dollars. Stay right where you are Sanford and keep trying to pull Harrell and McConnell back on task with their outragious spending.

    June 25, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. tuscanbella

    Since Republicans always seem to want to be associated with high moral values and the like, it's only when these types of things happen that makes it such a huge deal and makes them look like total hypocrits. And is it just me or does it happen to Republicans more than Democrats? Sure, Democrats have their share of problems, too. But I think the Republican party needs to officially change their tune from the party known for "high moral values" to "human".

    June 25, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Terry

    Aside from the affair- If I had not shown up for work without telling anyone where I was going to be for 1 day I would loose my job. His disregard for the office he holds & his constituents is enough fo get him FIREd in my book.

    June 25, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Nebraska

    Lying about his whereabouts and not handing control of the state over to the Lt. Governor when he was not in a position to deal with his states issues was irresponsible and should be enough for him to resign.

    If he cares about his family, I would believe he would step down and deal with his issues. I do not believe he can properly deal with with the affair, his family, the press and his job. He created a firestorm and he need to give up the jobs and focus on what we would assume is important in his life - his children and what might be left of his marriage.

    June 25, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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