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. Jason

    Typical conservative wants to hate gays, minorities and anyone not too white. Also wants the government to control everyone and everything they disagree with, yet their blatant hypocrisy is axiomatic. I am pretty sure he would be back in the next election carrying the banner of morality as his fellow conservatives. The sad part is Americans can't see through their lies.

    June 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Judy

    Sometimes I wonder just what it matters to anyone what someone does in their spare time. It's important to his wife, but to me, a woman living in MD, I could really care less whether he has an inclination to want to be with another woman or not. As long as he's not abusive, either physically, psychologically, or verbally. . . I don't care. If he's doing his job, what's the diff? Evs, I say.

    June 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Diane

    How can he go be with Maria if he stays? No, he should go and be with his love.He'll always regret it if he lets Maria go. And his wife should be able to move on without him too. His job is not the main priority right now.

    June 30, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Dolores Sapelly

    If Mr Bauer, the Lt. Governor, is not fit to serve, why is he the Lt. Gov of South Carolina? Only someone who is ready to take over as Governor should serve in this capacity.

    Oh how the Republicans almost ran Bill Clinton out of town on a rail over something less. These self righteous idiots are a disgrace to all people.

    They talk of God and family, yet they are the biggest hipocrites that ever walked the face of the earth.

    Sanford should resign. Who could trust him now!

    Dolores Sapelly, Somerset, Ma

    June 30, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Cassandra Washington

    This is what our country has degenerated to ... aided by the Media!

    June 30, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Don't judge a state by their Governor

    Unless you are a resident of the state of South Carolina, you should'nt be casting your negative views of this state. Not all residents in the state of SC voted for our current Governor. His actions do not reflect all 4.5 million residents. If I remember correctly there has been many states with Senators, Governors and Congressmen having questionable run-ins with "pay" for sex, same sex encounters as well as this type of unexceptable behaviors. It's not just the south that has weak men running the state, money does not equal morals.

    June 30, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Richie

    I guess going to work doesn't rate that high in SC.

    June 30, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. TheFabOne

    Do the newspapers run the state or is it ultimately the voters who elect people that do?

    June 30, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. ncman

    I should pull a sanford and disappear from my job for a week. And when I return say sorry I was cheating on my wife in a foreign country, you don't mind do you?

    June 30, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Shucks

    Adultery, lies, hate, fear, racism. These are the new monikers of the republican party. No longer can the republicans brand the democrats with these titles when their fellow politicians are committing them daily. Oh, and they're "christians" to boot. How lovely.

    June 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Joe

    I know nothing about Governor Sanford. I have no idea of his relationship with South Carolinians and with his family. The only thing I can say is that he has been as reckless as a teenager that drinks and drives. And I suspect he still has a bit of teenager lust lurking in his mind. Perhaps SC needs an adult to run the state!

    June 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Lisa M.

    Man this guy is a hyprocrite. However I do not think that her should resign. His immoral behavior is his own problem and he will pay for his poor judgement. I am glad to see his wife saying she going to take care of herself and her kids.

    June 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    One is measure by the yardstick they measure other. If Mr, Sanford deem that Clinton should be impeach way back then, why does he deserved to stay in the office now ? It is sheer hyprocrisy to put someone one a standard and not follow it.

    June 30, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Too True For You

    It's just too delicious; after the self-destruction of his claims to morality and family values, like a tried and true used-car-salesman-slick televangelist, he sanctimoniously invokes "God" as much as he can hoping to paper over his hypocrisy.

    The republican party never was, and never will be the party of family values. That was only a convenient veneer they use to dupe the easily-deluded religious fundamentalists who will believe pretty much anything they are told by morally-conceited bible thumpers (evolution is a lie; "I can see Russia, so I have foreign experience"!).

    Ace is right: Sanford, like the majority of republicans are always "all about me". They still want to live in the "all about me" era of 25 years ago. Hence, the party of "No" has no new ideas, no new policies, no new answers that Regan didn't have.

    June 30, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Wanderer

    We can’t judge other people but we can judge the hypocrites. Bible does not forbid judging hypocrites. Jesus was killed by the hypocrites. Many people have used quotes from bible to create religions and gain politics. They are hypocrites. They deserve to be judged by people if they claim they are better than other people in term of morality e.g. family value, but they are not.

    June 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Two Op-Ed articles in local newspapers suddenly count as a groundswell of support? The logic being that they keep a lying cheat in office to 'make things fair'? Where is the 'fairness' for the good people of South Carolina in these Op-Ed pieces? Or is it just about Mark Sanford?

    June 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Eli

    He should resign not because of the affair but because his staffers had no conact with him for nearly a week. Just as Clinton should have resigned not because of the affair but because he had an affair with an employee (intern).

    June 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    When you have a job and don't show up for almost a week, wouldn't most people be fired? I don't care that the "religious conservative" had an affair, I just don't think he is capable of handling his duties as a Governor. Spitzer had to resign and as far as we know, he still performed his duties between trists.

    June 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Lucy

    "He who is without sin may cast the first stone."

    And a few of you don't even know anything about being a Democrat or Republican, evidenced by the person who stated that the Republicans want to control us. Huh? Republicans want less government, and Democrats are not necessarily liberal. Maybe it's time to rid our country of all partisanship and just elect the best person for the job.

    June 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Jason: Does Bill Clinton ring a bell? No one chased him out of town. What about Barney Frank? I know you are a democrat and do not worry about the facts but try reading before you blog. So who was the last democrat to lose his/her job over an affair?

    June 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. South Carolina Resident

    If Mr Bauer, the Lt. Governor, is not fit to serve, why is he the Lt. Gov of South Carolina? That is the crux, he is fit to serve the state, but not the Repulican party.

    Sanford has shamed his state and made the stereotypes of the South look true to people outside of the area. Throw the bum out!

    June 30, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Mike

    Question: When is a cheating politician not immoral?
    Answer: When it happens to a Republican.

    June 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. renobill

    Any day now I look for Limbaugh, Henretty, and the other talking heads to say it's Un-American NOT to cheat on your wife. Now if Palin can just keep her panties on for a couple of years she'll have the nomination sewed up.

    June 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    This is a black spot on the world of journalism and the state of South Carolina. It gives the impression there was some coercion or deal-making to extract these moral endorsements for this govermor.

    This man is morally bankrupt and devoid of leadership. Who would want him to govern their state after what he did?

    June 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Liberal4Obama

    Does it really mtter what americans or the voters of SC think? KIng David, ehem, Mr. Sanford will do what he wants to do, thats how it works when you are a Republican, you get to preach "Moral Values" and ask for "Resignations" when you oppose someone but it doesnt apply to you. The level of hypocrisy and arrogance in the republican party does not surprise me one bit.

    June 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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