COLUMBIA (CNN) – Seven more Republicans in the South Carolina Senate are calling on Mark Sanford to resign, including Majority Leader Harvey Peeler.
Late Tuesday, the senators jointly issued a press release demanding that the governor step down because he has lost the trust of South Carolinians.
"The bottom line is that the Governor's private matters should remain private, but his deception and negligence make it impossible for us to trust him, and for him to govern in the future," they wrote.
Peeler told CNN that Sanford "has lost his ability to lead, and I'm afraid he has lost his ability to function as a man."
"He is sitting all alone in that big governor's mansion, totally alone," Peeler said. "It's about leadership and moving forward and it's time for him to resign."
Peeler was joined GOP state senators Hugh Leatherman, Thomas Alexander, Paul Campbell, Jake Knotts, Larry Martin and William O'Dell.
Earlier Tuesday, two of Sanford's top conservative allies in the senate - Larry Grooms and Kevin Bryant - also said Sanford must go.