COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina State Rep. Nikki Haley, who has been widely viewed as both as a supporter of Gov. Mark Sanford and his likely pick as his replacement in next year's gubernatorial race, joined the chorus of Republican voices Wednesday urging the GOP governor to consider resignation.
"For the past five years I have worked with Mark Sanford trying to restructure our backward system of government and make our state more accountable and taxpayer-friendly. During that time I have also been fortunate to know Jenny, and have developed a tremendous admiration and respect for her. In the context of those two things, there are no words to describe the disappointment I feel over the revelations of the past week.
"The people of South Carolina have heard enough about the governor's personal life. We do not need to hear any more of that. What we do need to hear from the governor is an explanation as to how he can lead our state going forward. He has a responsibility to outline what he wants to accomplish over the next 18 months and how he intends to accomplish it. I remain willing to listen to that case, but if he cannot make it convincingly, then he must move on."
Because of her close ties to Sanford - both take advice from the same Washington-based political consultant, Jon Lerner - Haley has been forced to walk a fine line in responding to the Sanford scandal.
After news of Sanford's affair broke last week, Haley's campaign team was caught removing a large photo of Sanford from her Web site - a move that was quickly seized upon by her Republican rivals in the 2010 race.
Let's get with it Sanford....you don't have to die of political suicide...step up and be a leader!
i give him a week , or couple of days, or maybe tomorow ,the gop cant afford him, which i love ,gov. sanford prove me wrong and stay in the news,you doing a great job,keep up the good work, keep destroying the gop.
Again Sanford broke no law. those who are calling for him to resign where were their voices in the last 8 years. Their silence contributed to our loss of the WH. If Bush etal was not prosecuted for their crimes I find it hypocritical that Sanford is asked to resign.
I think the FAT lady is warming up her vocals. She's getting ready to sing and Mark Sanford needs to start exiting to the left.
The FAT LADY has sung, sung, sung. It's time for Governor Sanford to pack up and RESIGN.
Mark Sanford has NO credibility and is becoming more of a LIABILITY than an asset. He's brought SHAME and EMBARRASSMENT to the Governor's Office.
It's time for this man to step down, it's what's best for my home state.
Noo...let him sit as Govenor and continue to brag about his Argentinan soul mate, insults his wife and disgrace his sons, us tax payer money to purchase condoms, playboy and nourish his midlife crisis sex drive. We democrats need him to remind the republicans on the fence to drop over and defect...Keep Sanford so he can continue to collect memoirs for his upcoming book deal. He is the new Demo-Trophy for Obama.
Please go away u loser! U are pathetic Sanford. Your brand of christianity is a joke!
Let's see. it has taken her and her consultants a week to figure out that this guy is an idiot and needs to get out of office.
Yeah, she's a real statesman. I'll certainly be voting for her next year. NOT.