COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – The South Carolina Secretary of Commerce who traveled to South America with Mark Sanford last June would not say Friday if he thought the governor should resign.
Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor, a close friend of Sanford, said the state “moves forward regardless” of who is in the governor’s mansion. When asked if that meant he believed South Carolina would be able to run smoothly without Sanford in office, Taylor nodded.
However, asked directly if Sanford should resign, Taylor said only: “You have to ask him that.”
Taylor also said the governor’s office never pressed the Department of Commerce to add Argentina to the trip’s itinerary.
Sanford admitted Thursday that he met with his mistress in Buenos Aires during that trip, and promised to re-pay the state for full cost of the Argentina swing.
Taylor said little during Friday’s cabinet meeting with the governor, except to note that an economic development award given to the state this week “didn’t get much coverage because it's good news."
Sanford, in his first public appearance since admitting the affair on Wednesday, apologized to Taylor and the commerce department “for the way that I put y’all in a bad spot.”
After Friday’s cabinet meeting, a saddened Taylor told CNN he has traveled around the world with Sanford, but only learned of the affair on Wednesday “when everybody else in the state of South Carolina did.” He said he never saw any signs that Sanford was having an affair.
“I don’t think I could be more disappointed by anything in my life,” Taylor said. “I consider his wife a very dear friend of mine, and those four boys are just wonderful, and my thoughts are with nobody but them.”
He said he spoke to Sanford on the phone on Thursday, and that Sanford apologized to him personally. He would not elaborate on what else they discussed.
Wow, with enough practice, Sanford will have this Jimmy Swaggart routine down pat.
I agree. I think Mark "King David" Sanford should resign. Even when trying to be humble, this dude can't help but compare himself to a larger-than-life figure. Let me guess, you were appointed by God, too, huh, Mark?
Another one bites the dust.
Republicans should leave Sanford alone and allow him to get his life stratight. Apparently, his wife is a problem, and it obviously will not be an easy task.
This reminds me of when NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he had failed to live up to the standards he set for himself. BULL! People inevitably live up to the standards they set for themselves. Like Governors Sanford and Spitzer, people seldom live up to the standards they want others to believe they set for themselves.
This public apologizing all over the place is nothing more than self-indulgence. What a narcissist! Does he really think he'll still have a place in public life if he just keeps saying he's sorry? Resign already and preserve what little respect you may still have left.
And here I thought republicans didn't fare well with Hispanic women. Yeah, I stole that one.
The S.C. Secretary of Commerce is disappointed – wow!
My horse finished out of the money at the Kentucky Derby – I'm disappointed!
Make him go away. He was a shining star for the GOP and guess what? He turned out to be Republican. Let him go away like the rest of the GOP. He was considering a presidential bid????? I don't think so. Run him and Sara Palin against Obama and he will by more than he won against McCain.
This is a joke
He's disappointed....hmmmm.....well Sanford is a liar, cheat, thief, hypocrite.
My thoughts are with the children....the wife helped to make this guy "king"...she should have thrown him out and went to the press.
No Morals anywhere...disappointed...please...stop pandering
Enough, already............Just quit buddy.
Aw, let him stay. The voters can decide if they do or don't want him. Besides, he is a shining example of why the GOP should stop already with the 'family values, moral, pro-marriage" scam. While these are worthwhile goals to have, the GOP should stop acting as if they are so perfect. They are not. The entire party is made up of – gasp – MORTAL HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE NOT PERFECT. So stop trying to pretend to be better than anyone else. And Gov. Sanford, get busy having those schools rebuild and repaired with that stimulus money. The people you shunned may turn out to be your only friends left in the entire state.
Okay this is a shout out to all Republicans...if you get caught doing something immoral/illegal or just plain stupid ... DO NOT QUOTE SCRIPTURE!!!!! Geez this is getting old.
Today, Sanford compared himself to King David in the Bible.
This guy gets creepier by the day.
Oh, my.... moral indignation... if he spent TAX dollars on his Liaisons... then he does need to pay it back AND leave office! The moralitay police are on the move again.... Political Fellows need to watch their back sides! @@ Someone is Watching! *LOL*
"Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor, a close friend of Sanford, said the state “moves forward..."
Go for it, Joe; ask the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Sanford out. Dating married women is all the rage now.
Let's be real about this. This man abandoned his post. All you gung ho flag waving Americans should be able to understand that. He was the elected to lead SC and he failed. His personal interests were placed before the citizens of SC. Why are the SC citizens not demanding his head on a plate? Listen up SC if a military person abandons his post he is charged with AWOL no exceptions. But it's different for your good ole boy Mark. He is a failure! SC gets the title of the most backward thinking state in the union. Congrats! Show that trophy off you've earned it!
This governor is sickening what he did to his wife, children and his political future.
Gov. Sanford cannot have it both ways. Either he chooses his love affair and returns to Argentina or he resigns as governor...or...most of all.....stay with his wife and children and try and make a go of his marriage what is left of it.
For all concerned........Governor Sanford must resign!
"Don't cry for me, Argentina..."
He should resign.
I don't have a prblm with cheating, per se, we are not gods, we are humans, despite what the Christian right preaches,what I find galling is the people who pretend to be what they are not.
What rank hypocrisy.
Why don't these people just accept their humanness.
it's tough playing god.
Right now everyone in SC must disgusted by the outrageous of Gov MIA...I mean Sanford. He would be wise to resign..and NOW.
Cheating is bad, but this is certainly so much more wrong and on so many levels.
i think this man has a lot of regrets and i do believe he is truely sorry.. for some of the folks in the media that are making their statements against this man ought to clean out their own closets before attacking this man.....at least it wasnt a hooker and someone disowning their own child, and someone stating that they never had sex with this woman......