June 26th, 2009
12:56 PM ET
5 years ago

SC state lawmaker calls for Sanford investigation

A South Carolina attorney is calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.
A South Carolina attorney is calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

(CNN) – A South Carolina state lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the state's governor, Mark Sanford.

The move comes two days after Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. The governor also acknowledged Wednesday that he did not tell his staff that he was in Argentina during a five-day period over the past week.

State Rep. Boyd Brown, a Democrat, is requesting that South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster begin a grand jury investigation of the governor.

"I therefore request that you take immediate and appropriate action to empanel the State Grand Jury to investigate the possible misuse of state property, finances, and the negligence of duties in the office of governor," said Brown in a letter to McMaster released Friday.

CNN Radio: Sanford faces another call to resign

"The recent events have left many unaswered questions and I am sure you agree with me that the people of South Carolina expect and deserve an open, honest, and transparent government, a standard that should apply from dog catcher all the way up to the office of governor."

Later Friday, State Sen. Jake Knotts is also expected to call for an investigation. Knotts is a Republican but is considered an opponent of the governor.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. zago

    Why is that CNN has to put Gov. Sanford picture beside Gov Paterson? Is CNN campaigning against Gov Pat? Why the linkage? Why they trying to put the focus of the wrongdoer on gov Paterson. I decry this tactic. I am outraged and I condemn it. Yet, I know my post won't be made public

    June 26, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Doug

    What I find interesting is that his wife keeps claiming he deserves a 2nd chance. Wasn't he just caught coming from seeing his mistress while he and his wife are "working things out"?

    You know they either promised her lots of money, or threatened her with a drawn out custody battle to make her do the pitiful "faithful little political wife" routine.

    June 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. stephen postullo

    republicans and family values...

    June 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Wills

    No where did he say he is still not in touch with this woman.

    June 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. simp

    I totally agree, Sanford has to answer to what he did as far as the financial part of let alone his irresponsibilty of leaving the state without a second in command. That's unacceptable.

    June 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Pepper from CA

    The call to investigation is fair and wise. Specifically the negligence of duties. Even if Sanford pays SC for the trip that does not negate his actions at the time.

    June 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Avi shlomo

    why do you keep showing him with the Governor of NY? I think I see something sinister.

    June 26, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Marty

    State Rep. Brown needs to crawl back into his hole. I'm a lefty democrat but really why kick him while he's down? Oh yeah: kill the opponent politics.

    June 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. D

    Good!!! I could honestly care less about the fact that he cheated on his wife – his life outside of office is his to do as he pleases (not that I condone his behavior). However, leaving your post without letting anyone know where you are is out of line with what a governor should do. To take funds away from your state to finance trips to see your mistress is the worst though! Kick this thief out of office!

    June 26, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Hey – it's fair. Wonder if it will take as long as it took for investigation into Alaska's Governor?

    Hmmmm ---

    50 governors, and who is in the news all the time? The one with a total population less than a medium sized town. Go figure.

    June 26, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. carlos

    don't cry for me Argentina
    I never intended to come back
    I am here but soon I'll be there

    June 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. yuri

    What kind of a guv is he and what in the blazes was he thinking, when he skedaddled to Argentina, so urgently? If he has any decency or dignity left, he should , on reading all these adverse remarks, step down at once.

    June 26, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Republicans do need to hold their own ranks to the same standards they judge others on.

    June 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. bill

    just another right wing looser.when will it end.if this keeps up we will definatly need third party.HUM COME TO THINK OF IT MAYBE THATS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED.the two party we have now is broken.

    June 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Karol

    Governor Sanford needs to resign. Forget the affair, who cares about it? The fact is, he left his state for seven days and no one knew where he was. Gee, what a president he'd make!

    June 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Avi Shlomo

    I could not help it but add this: the person next to Mark Sanford is not his misstress, he is the governer of NY and would make an ugly mistress.

    June 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Time for Truth

    If Republican leaders, some of the most self-righteous people ever, do not force Sanford out of office (either for having the affair or for using state funds to pay for it, or for both), then the Republican Party will have nothing left to run on.

    Btw, Vitter, Ensign, and Craig are still in office, and the Republican Party already appears to stand for nothing.

    June 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. RoadRunner

    Salacious as Gov. Sanfords "tale" is, it is lacking in only one thing: the facts. How many times have you heard it asked: "Why did he have such a public meeting to confess all?," and "Did anyone check his passport, when he left the country?" and "Did his staff know where he was?" and, "How could he have composed such beautiful love letters (emails)?" These are just a few of the unanswered questions that most people would be demanded to answer. So, why is the media giving this sleaze-ball a pass? Do they just not want to know the truth? Consider this: the whole narrative was scripted to detract the media, the public and other officials from questioning the real reason he frequents Argentina, such as to meet with foreign agents who are helping him to craft and launch an extremist right-wing agenda for the USA. It is certainly easier to admit to an affair than it would be to treason! We need hard answers to all of the above questions and in addition: Who did he meet with in Argentina, and for what reason. I doubt that the truth would be that "romantic."

    June 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Joe in CA

    That's because he slept with a SPY and shared secrets. Along with using OUR $$ for "government" sponsored trips. Governors all ALL states need to stay in our country. They have NO business traveling on OUR $$. We have enough freeloading senators and congressional representatives doing that for us.

    June 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Denna

    Rep. Brown should just chill out. I can imagine that a great number of you, on both sides of the aisle, cannot afford to have your personal lives scrutinized. Senator Knotts should just chill out too. Remember, Gov. Sanford was a vocal critic of President Clinton in the Lewisky mess and now here he is in his own mess. Censure the man if you must, but all of you should stop acting holier than thou. None of you are.

    June 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

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