June 30th, 2009
01:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford should stay, two top South Carolina papers say

An influential South Carolina newspaper published an editorial Tuesday that said Gov. Mark Sanford should not step down.
An influential South Carolina newspaper published an editorial Tuesday that said Gov. Mark Sanford should not step down.

(CNN) - Two major South Carolina newspapers are calling on Gov. Mark Sanford to stay in office.

Last Wednesday, Sanford admitted to a year long extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. The governor also acknowledged he did not tell his staff that he was in Argentina during a five-day period when his location was not known.

Despite calls from some South Carolina lawmakers and politicians for the governor to resign, Sanford, meanwhile, appears to be standing firm. He wrote in a message to his political action committee e-mail list on Monday that while he considered resigning, "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

The State, the Columbia newspaper that last week broke the story that Sanford was in Argentina, in an editorial Tuesday, says Sanford should stay in office to keep the playing field leveled for the 2010 gubernatorial contest. If Sanford resigns, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, a fellow Republican but no ally of Sanford, would become governor. Bauer is among a number of candidates who are interested in running for governor in 2010. Sanford is term limited and can't run for re-election next year.

"Reasonable people can disagree over whether it would be better to have Mr. Sanford or Mr. Bauer in the governor's office for the next 18 months. And if Mr. Bauer were not running for governor, this might be a more difficult call. But Mr. Bauer is running for governor, and it simply is not responsible to overlook the tremendous advantage he would have if he were able to use the bully pulpit of that office for the next year," says an op-ed in The State.

The State also raised serious questions about Bauer's preparedness to lead. "Although this could change in the coming year," they wrote, "to this point Mr. Bauer simply has not demonstrated that he has the vision to lead our state.

The editorial questioned Bauer's character and highlighted past run-ins with law enforcement, including the time he used a police radio to waive off state troopers after he was caught driving 101 MPH on a South Carolina highway in a state car.

The paper also questioned whether Bauer was sincere in his suggestion to CNN Monday that he would give up a 2010 gubernatorial bid in exchange for taking over the rest of Sanford's term.

They wrote that Bauer had made a similar pledge before, but failed to keep his promise.

"If we're looking to rid our state of embarrassment, it's hard to see how replacing Mr. Sanford with Mr. Bauer would accomplish that. And it's hard to overstate the potential long-term downside of such a move."

The Charleston Post and Courier also urges that Sanford stay in office.

"Gov. Mark Sanford ended any speculation about his plans to resign on Sunday when he declared, with finality, that he would remain for the rest of his term. That won't end demands by his legislative critics for his resignation in the wake of his extramarital affair. But it provides a measure of reality about their prospects. Like the governor, they should make the best of a difficult situation," says the newspaper in an editorial.

Last week, two smaller South Carolina newspapers, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, called on Sanford to resign.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Hope

    Mind you people this is not about Bill Clinton who sait Bill is the Litmus test for these prostitutes. Mark is his own he should take a hike. Are the SC people so that desperate of a Governer that they hang on, on a Prostitute, lier and a thief, that shows one thing they don't have brains or they are all dead mentaly.

    June 30, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Peter

    Better idea, get rid of Sanford, hold a special election a month or two afterwords, meanwhile let Bauer run the state..

    June 30, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Dave

    Funny how he thought Bill Clinton should resign, but he gets to keep his job. He's just another hypocrital, self-righteous Republican just like Vitter, Ensign, Gingrich, Craig, and the list goes on...

    June 30, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Cedric

    This is not about his affair. He is the chief elected official in his state and he just took off without leaving anyone in charge. He is irresponsible. What is something had happened that required the governor to act in hs legal capacity? Then what? Keep in mind these are the same people that kept re-electing Strom Thurmond

    June 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Ken

    I agree. Sanford should stay. It would merely serve to shine a light under the dark, dank rock from which hypocritic, delusional [R]ightwingers slither.

    June 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Steve in AR

    It's amazing! If this were about a Democratic governor, the Republicans would have already driven him out of office!
    Hypocrites.

    June 30, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Gov. Mark Sanford should to stay in office. He should have got someone closer to home because Argentina is a long way off. Not to long ago people of South Carolina was happy with Gov. Mark Sanford until this came to light.

    June 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Frank

    The question of his leaving his post without designating the lieutenant governor to be in charge is the only issue that should concern the public. Hopefully, he has learned his lesson on this subject.

    His romantic liaison is a private matter as long as he didn't do it on the public's dime there is no reason for him to resign.

    June 30, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Jordan

    Why should he step down? He doesn't care about anyone but himself. He'll stay until he's removed.

    June 30, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Sounds like the "good ol' boys" Network in SC doesn't like any of the "good old boys" better than the hypocritical, lying, thieving & cheating govenor they already got... Doesn't say much for the GOP down there does it?

    June 30, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I didn't call for Clinton to resign after his little episode with Monica, so I won't call for the Governor to resign either. How about those of you that called for Clinton's head........are you now calling for the Governor's head on a pike as well? Didn't think so.......

    June 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. democrat in Mich

    They didn't throw Clinton out of office, why should this guy go.

    June 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Scott

    Sure, just give him a tracking implant.

    June 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. jaye

    Mark Sinford is a pig!!!

    June 30, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Bill, Bloominton IL...Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer..NY State. He resigned as Governor last year. You should think before you blog kind sir. Have a good day.

    June 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. E.C.Coleman

    Smart Editors of the South Carolina papers.
    Governor Sanford should be left alone to get his life in order.
    The GOP and the loud mouthed, 'holier than thou' Republicans need to lay off.
    Life is Life.
    Get over it.

    June 30, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Wet Blanket on Progress..

    He needs to go. Not because of the affair, but because he put his affair in front of his job, because he lied, and because he is obviously not capable to perform his duties.

    June 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. beth

    He should stay. His personal affairs have nothing to do with how well he does his job.

    June 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Formery army

    Neither party has a monopoly on morals, although the republicans do preach more. There is a difference here though, Bill C. committed his (one of many) adultery act(s) in the oval office and then lied to the grand jury. This man has at least owned up to it. Edwards still tries to denie his. A better man will at least admit when they are wrong.

    June 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Kevin

    When is a flip flopper not a flip flopper.. when he's a Republican, or a Conservative newspaper.
    What a sham. They family of party values is what they are!

    June 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. RealityKing

    A man's infidelity is the result of a wife's failure in bed.

    A women infidelity is the result of a husband's failure in emotion.

    Or, as my grandpappy use to say.., well watered horses don't jump the fence to drink from the creek next door.

    June 30, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Cassandra Washington...how has the media caused any of this? The media did its job here uncovering corruption in the government. That is why we have freedom of the press. Can you imagine if Governor Sanford had control of media as well? I think the media could do a better job about being a little less biased, but in this case, they did their job.

    June 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. ThinkAboutIt

    Jonathan: I'm a Liberal who voted for Bill Clinton twice and I've made no bones about how I still haven't gotten over how he squandered his intelligence and opportunity for the sake of a good time under his desk.

    I thought Hillary should have divorced him – what she did was a terrible example to women and girls everywhere.

    I am still a stalwart Liberal, though – the man was flawed, not the principles and policies. I support Hillary Clinton in her position as Secretary of State and am very thankful Bill has been keeping a low profile.

    The problem is with these elected officials who are either addicted to chaos (my theory about Bill) or are so enamored with themselves/suffering from a mid-life crisis (Sanford).

    June 30, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Ching

    Sanford explained his reason to stay as: " I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around”.

    What about people in his states?

    Narcissistic, self-enamored, egomaniacal, pure Sanford

    June 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Carolyn Crandall

    It's all about politics. "The editorial questioned Bauer's character and highlighted past run-ins with law enforcement, including the time he used a police radio to waive off state troopers after he was caught driving 101 MPH on a South Carolina highway in a state car."
    The Lt. Governor is not fit to lead because he drove too fast, but a governor who leaves the country without telling anyone to meet up with his mistress, has better character. A fence needs to be built around both N and S Carolinas.

    June 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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