June 30th, 2009
11:29 AM ET
9 years ago

Sanford ally in South Carolina Senate calls for resignation

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – One of Mark Sanford's conservative allies in the South Carolina state Senate is now saying the governor should step down.

Republican Larry Grooms, who is also running for governor in 2010, told CNN Tuesday that Sanford "is incapable of leading because of his behavior."

Unlike many of his colleagues in the chamber - most of whom have remained silent on the resignation question - Grooms has been a supporter of Sanford's fiscally conservative agenda in the senate. But Grooms said he told Sanford by phone last Thursday that he thought the governor should resign. Sanford said he disagreed.

"He indicated he believed that his only chance for redemption was to stay in office," Grooms said. "To me that doesn't serve any purpose well. That doesn't serve the people. It's not about him, it's about governing the people of the state."

Another Sanford ally running for governor next year - state Rep. Nikki Haley - said last week that the governor should stay in office because otherwise, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer would assume the top office. Haley said that would be a step backward for the conservative reform movement in the state.

Bauer is also interested in making a bid for the governorship in 2010. Bauer, in a CNN interview Monday, suggested that he would give up a 2010 gubernatorial bid in exchange for taking over the rest of Sanford's term. Sanford is term limited and can't run for re-election next year.

But Grooms said he isn't yet thinking about the implications of Bauer assuming the governorship. He said his primary concern is that Sanford's actions have made him irrelevant as an executive. "He has given his opponents the opportunity to stop any reform agenda from passing," he said.

"As long as the governor stays in office, we start losing a bit of our advantage over the Democrats in the next election cycle," Grooms said.

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. johnnie

    so true, but i want him to stay,it helps the democratic party to become stronger,keep it up sanford,we are enjoying the circus in your town.2010 landslide 4 the left.

    June 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Limbaugh is a liberal

    This is a distraction. The GOP is in political trouble not because of its moral hypocrisy, but because they are lazy whiners with no ideas of their own. Their 'alternate' budget proposal was a 16 page outline with no numbers. NO NUMBERS! In a BUDGET proposal? Their 'alternate' health care 'plan' was no better. It was a 3 page outline, with no cost estimates, and 80% of it was just taken near-verbatim from the democratic health care plan. Maybe if the GOP spent a little more time thinking, instead of taking vacations with their mistresses, and parroting Rush Limbaugh talking points unquestioningly, they might actually be contenders. Until then, they don't deserve to be listened to.

    June 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. John

    When Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Bill Clinton and John Edwards, LIED to their Wives.
    When Bush and Cheney Lied about WMDs of Iraq.
    …………… 4,300 US TROOPS DIED
    .……………… 45,000 US TROOPS INJURED
    ..………………… 100,000 IRAQIS DIED.

    We must Forgive Mark Sanford, if we have Forgiven Bush and Cheney.

    June 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Island girl

    Do I hear "taps" playing in the background? South Carolina is a red state and as poor as a church mouse but instead of them moving forward economically and otherwise this is what they must endure.

    Please President Obama, do something before its too late! Let's forget overseas problems for a bit. Take it over and revamp the system! Next stop EDUCATION. Many of them are in the dark.

    June 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Darth Vadik, good points. Thanks.
    Now, Clinton didn't resign, so Sanford shouldn't either.
    Except that he left the country to climb his Argentenian Tail as opposed to hiking the Appalachian Trail.
    AND, Clinton wasn't told to stop it, like Sanford was by his wife.
    Speaking of which, Sanford's wife is a good looking woman. Now, unless she just turned him off, and that's possible, the explanation I come up with is that Sanford was just greedy.
    Oh yeah, back to Clinton, wasn't it Sanford who said Clinton had to go because of his actions?

    Personally, I think Sanford should stay unless a recall is asked for by the people of South Carolina, like the people of California did (putting in Gov. Ahnald). He confessed and asked for forgiveness.
    Now, if U want to argue that he left the state without an executive, I can buy that. But to say he has to resign SOLELY because of having an affair, I respectuflly disagree.

    June 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    Thank you Mr. Grooms, for being the integrity of your party when it comes to Governor Sanford. Wrong is WRONG, it doesn't matter on which side of the aisle you stand on.

    You Sir, have proven that NOT all Republicans lack honor and integrity.

    June 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    His buddies are askig him to step down. He needs to step down. If a hurricane would've hit S.C. while the governor was on his trip, who would've been the executive to inform emergency services to redirect traffic. The answer is no one because on the governor can do that. I can care less about the affair, but his actions show irresponsibility. I think if any other state employee went MIA for 5 days and didn't inform anyone, they would be fired. Just because you're the chief executive doesn't mean that rules don't apply to you.

    June 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    Jimmy the Greek: South Carolina is a state which is just hearbeat away from Third World status and you think we should forget this part of the USA. Then you have some of your party affiliates who think that Obama should forget the world and concentrate on the USA. Jeckyll and Hyde comes to mind.

    You know something, I have a gut feeling that all of this is being orchestrated by a higher, supreme authority so that "his wll be done". Yes, he is exposing and rooting out Lucifer and the rest.

    June 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Grooms is one that the GOP should look at for running for President. He has a good points to be considered and is not jaded by power or experience.

    June 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Eileen

    "He indicated he believed that his only chance for redemption was to stay in office," Grooms said. "To me that doesn't serve any purpose well. That doesn't serve the people. It's not about him, it's about governing the people of the state."

    It's obvious that mr. sanford didn't care much about his state in his handling of the stimulus funding – his schools are in shambles, and the unemployment rate is skyrocketing, and he's acting in his own interests to protect his political future.

    It's time to put the people of his state first – his political ambitions have been trashed. He needs to go.

    June 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. JonDie

    "He indicated he believed that his only chance for redemption was to stay in office," Grooms said. "To me that doesn't serve any purpose well. That doesn't serve the people. It's not about him, it's about governing the people of the state."

    Actually to Sanford everything he does is about Sanford and no one else.

    June 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Fair from 12:07,
    I'm thinking that North Korea is dumb, but not stupid. Hence, they'll huff and puff, but they don't want to get their house blown down by the US.

    June 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    @ Jimmy the Greek......... You expect us to take your comment seriously?
    The "largest tax increase"?! DO tell us some details, you far-right people like to make these grandiose comments yet where is the proof??????

    CNN is right in covering Sanford's "fall from grace"! The GOP campaigns on its holier-than-thou-family-values and when its obvious that its all a sham, you far-right people want to change the subject!

    NO........ let America know exactly who the GOP is!

    June 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Dem from az

    What about those tax payers funds that he used to go to Argentina. That is not responsible that is bad behavior. Not being anti Republican. I was say that about a Democrat to. I think he should step down. I dont want my tax money spent on joy rides!

    June 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Toot toot Tootsie, GOODBYE!!!

    June 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    Gee...Bill Clinton didn't resign now did he.

    June 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Repugs say: "I am Holier than Thou, Everyone Else is Condemned to Hades so Vote for Me"

    Grooms is shamelessly trying to take advantage of Sanford's marital problems. Grooms is far more disgusting than a Governor falling in love.

    June 30, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Ryan Indy

    Where were the democrats asking Bill Clinton to resign when he had an affair.....I also love how democrats on this blog still find a way to blame Bush for this....You people are pathetic in every sense of the Word.

    June 30, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Jo

    Hey Clinton did not got to the Hotel with his mistress and spent take payers money to be with her. This man has no morals at all. Please take him out of ths seat and put someone in who will represent this state with morals and not leave his family in distray.

    June 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    So Scott, Tucson, is Bill Clinton the high or the low water mark for what is right in Politics? When you start justifying your actions based on what Clinton did you know you are out of it. Where are your standards, not Clintons, your standards. Shame on you, you know better.

    June 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Jon in CA,

    You missed the point exactly, we are PAYING more than we are getting back from the federal government, wheras the Southern states GET BACK more then thay pay.

    Plus ask your buddy Kenny Lay, the Enron guys and Arnold (who made dealss with enron prior to becoming Governor) about missmanagement of funds.

    June 30, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally (to resign)... I come from the business side, If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he'd be gone."

    – Gov. Sanford

    He'd be gone huh Gov. Sanford? Take heed to your own advice and resign.

    June 30, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    Ryan Indy is right, this is all Obama's fault. If you dont believe me ask the MaHaRushie. Besides, shouldn't we worred about North Korea blasting Hawaii in 4 days?

    June 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. citizenjane

    @Ryan Indy:

    It tough when reality hits you smack in the face, isn't it?

    June 30, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    Dem from az June 30th, 2009 12:28 pm ET

    What about those tax payers funds that he used to go to Argentina.

    Fret not Dem from AZ, that was stimulous money Sanford used to go to Argentina. It was one of the SC debts he wanted to use the $ to pay down. Look, I dated a women from Argentina when I was in College. She attended the University of Miami, and I was in Savannah State. I know Sanfords pain because those are good women. They can cause you to loose your judgement.

    June 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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