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. Rick W

    That good old double standard the U.S. was built on.
    As long as a conservative republican does it it's
    O.K. but when Bill Clinton, a democrat does it shame
    shame and what he did wasn't half as bad.

    June 30, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Susan, Macedon New York

    It should be up to the people of South Carolina whether Sanford stays or goes, but, unfortunately, it won't be.

    The legislature is where the decision is made whether to impeach or not and the S.C. legislature is full of hypocritical republicans just like Sanford. The fact that all his GOP friends are sticking up for him shows that he'll never be impeached, probably not even censured.

    It's not just the affair, stupid. It's the dereliction of duty and the fact that he used public funds to visit his mistress in the past.

    I think we should audit every governor's expense reports/taxes to find out how much money and services they've been stealing from the taxpayers. Hear that, Governor Palin?

    June 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. gl, From Pittsburgh

    STONE June 30th, 2009 12:19 pm ET

    I am a fellow South Carolinian and I hope he stays in office. His honesty earned even more of my respect. If everyone in this forum that is pointing fingers would reflect on your own lives, you would find that there is noone, including myself, that would have a right to cast judgement on Gov. Sanford. Sin is sin, whether its a little white lie or adultry. Sin has no scale. If your guilty of one, your guilty of all and the wages of sin is death. He acknowleded he was wrong and he asked for forgiveness. It is my duty to grant him just that
    --------------------------------

    It is your party that all ways so judgemental toward other people failures, but when they fall they want every body to look the other way.

    GOP- ARE AL WAY JUDGING, BUT WHILE THEY ARE JUDGING THEY ARE SINNING IN THIER BACK YARD! THIS IS CALLED HYPOCRITES!

    June 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. KingDavid

    "The Lord uses the Good ones, the bad ones (i.e hypocritical conservatives) use the Lord."

    They're dragging our country down. Clinton did not shirk his duties as President; Sanford did. He's a kook and the fact that this is being swept under the table just shows how low Republican values have TRULY sunk and how desperate they are to keep ANY GOP-head in office, no matter how pathetic. Not surprising at all. It's what they do best: "Spin to Win."

    June 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Gary H

    These are the same people that have been yelling about Bill Clinton for 16 years. I love it how virtually every one of these self rightous Repugs that called for his impeachment because of of Monica has since been embroiled in scandals as bad or (Newt Gingrich) far worse.

    June 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. tim

    Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Rusty Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, and Ann Coulter were hired by the Democrats to make Republicans look stupid and ensure victory in future elections. Sanford resigning is the last thing Dems want to happen.
    bluecub

    June 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. bob

    To the poster that admires his honesty, what honesty? Cheating on his wife is honest? Duh. . .

    June 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. ike

    This is not COUNTRY FIRST, it is GOP first. Shame to GOP style of politics.

    June 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Lowell

    If being unfaithful has nothing to do with Sanford doing his job, then why were the Republicans forming a lynch mob after Bill Clinton?

    June 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "The State", the Columbia, S.C. newspaper that broke the story on Gov. Mark Sanford last week, in an editorial in 1998... "President Clinton must resign immediately"... The same paper, in an editorial yesterday concerning Republican Gov. Sanford says... "Sanford should stay in office to keep the playing field leveled for the 2010 gubernatorial contest..." LOL

    June 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. lbw

    Maybe the people should decide to look at facts not opinion polls. I don't care if the initial after his name is R or D or I whatever. The FACTS show such disregard for duty and such poor judgement he is unfit for this office. There is a difference between being forgiven and being proven qualified for leadership.

    June 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Simple Simon

    Why should he go? He cannot live in the dog house his wife put him in, and there is no stimulus money to provide him with another job. Even if he wanted to camp out by a railroad station, most of the ones in his state are delapidated.

    June 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. S M R

    This is where they get the saying : DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ.

    June 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Terry

    1. Christians who condemn the Governor's behavior should "judge not, lest ye be judged."

    2. Those who call adultery a sin because the Bible says it is must also call eating pork a sin – for the same reason. The Bible, by the way, has nothing but praise for polygamy, and God rewarded kings like David and Solomon with hundreds of wives and concubines. Those who call abortion a sin can't find any reference to abortion in the Bible because there is none. Those who call homosexuality a sin because the Bible says it is cannot condemn lesbianism, which is not mentioned in the Bible.

    3. The governor should be impeached for using public funds for private purposes. A jail sentence should swiftly follow.

    June 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. chris c

    I'm a Republican and he should resign. You cannot Govern effectively after an incident like this. I'm from NJ and feel Corzine should have resigned after his driving accident. There are plenty of people who can fill that position.

    June 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. MABinGA

    TO JayW in Texas – Southerners don;t consider Texas to be in the south either.

    As to Mr. Sanford, let him stay in office. His presidential aspirations are dead. He'll suffer more if he has to stay and face the music – trying to patch it up with his family, cut off from his lover, and hoping the GOP doesn't totally shun him.

    June 30, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. what's good for the goose . . . doesn't apply to the GOP?

    Marty states that "Liberals can't have it both ways. Wake up."
    -----------------------–
    Correct me if I'm out of line here, but didn't Sanford himself demand that Clinton resign?

    June 30, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Richard L

    "The reason Republicans rose so much noise in Clinton's situation was not over the fact that he had an affair. It was not that he had the affair in the Oval Office. It was because he LIED UNDEROATH."

    Reality: Bill Clinton: was charged with one count of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.
    Scooter Libby: was found guilty of: TWO counts of perjury, ONE count of obstruction of justice, and ONE count of making false statements to federal agents.
    After Republicans spent $50 million trying to impeach Clinton, when Libby was found guilty of TWICE as many charges, they said that those crimes were not worth ONE MINUTE of jail time.

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

    Political expedency. Diddle and you fail. Who bears the brunt of this "indecresion"? Why should the "family" suffer the continued press aggressive detail garbage review? Mark, give it up! You serve no other purpose than the whipping boy of the Dems. Spare your family, if that is within your minimal matrimonial capabilites.

    You "screwed up", pardon the pun. Is your family up to the continued exercitions of YOUR daliance???

    Bow out, move over, special election/ Get out of the spotlight.

    How can you claim the "high road" in ANY biblical quote>? Let it goe before your family says enough is enough.

    June 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Trouble_Is

    "The State", the Columbia, S.C. newspaper that broke the story on Gov. Mark Sanford last week, in an editorial in 1998... "President Clinton must resign immediately"... The same paper, in an editorial yesterday concerning Republican Gov. Sanford says... "Sanford should stay in office to keep the playing field leveled for the 2010 gubernatorial contest..." LOL

    June 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. christa

    I am a democrat and hated what Clinton did to his wife Hillary, but he stayed at his post and did not run away from the USA, like Sanford did with S.C.. I have no excuses for President Clinton, but it is different when you leave your state and no one knew where he was. That is irresponsible, who wants someone like him still as their Governor. Put his running mate in charge. Sanford had more ambitions, then being a governor, but he screwed himself. He is a liar, cheat and a disgrace for his family and his REPUBLICAN party.

    June 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Buffalo

    It is only fitting that this slimeball stay in office, as the poster-child of the GOP and their family values charade. I can hear the cries from the Neocons now: "We can't allow gays to marry. That would weaken traditional marriage." I'm guessing you bozos believe an extramarital affair will strengthen a traditional marriage.

    June 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    Think about it, all of your arguments are valid. But this is so par for the course for South Carolina and the people are so thick headed there, that all you can do is sit in aw at how backwards they are. There is not since talking about how he sined, or went AWAL, or cheated on his wife, because not body cares. You can tell by the state of the state of SC that nobody cares. Let them have the office, it is not doing any good for anyone. SC is the only place I have ever seen a house just fall in on itself due to nothing other then its own weight.

    June 30, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Maybe these people supporting him aren't his friends. I think Democrats want him to stay... he's a persistent reminder of the GOP's hypocrisy. If he leaves, there's a risk he could be replaced by someone who's less of a national punch line.

    June 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Larry from RI

    The same folks wanting him to stay to do "God's work" tried to hang Clinton for doing the very same thing.

    Funny how GOP philosophy does a 360 when the shoe is on the other foot huh?!

    June 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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