July 1st, 2009
03:58 PM ET
5 years ago

SC GOP chair says Sanford should consider stepping down

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd seemed to suggest Wednesday that the time had come for Gov. Mark Sanford to consider resigning from office:

"For the past two days, I have been speaking with Republican leaders across South Carolina," she said in a statement. "There is clearly a growing view that the time may have come for Governor Sanford to remove himself and his family from the limelight, so that he can devote his efforts full-time to repairing the damage in his personal life."

Floyd has spent much of the last week talking privately with state GOP leaders about the scandal but has, until now, been publicly silent on whether Sanford should step down.

Floyd wasn't the only prominent South Carolina Republican to speak up on Wednesday. The Senate's powerful Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell also suggested that Sanford should leave the office. McConnell said Sanford "has lost the support of the people that is needed to govern."

While he didn't make an outright demand for Sanford to go, he asked the governor "to do the right thing for himself, his family and our state." If Sanford resigns and lieutenant governor Andre Bauer becomes governor, McConnell would then be promoted to lieutenant governor.

However, McConnell is one of the most powerful legislators in the state and people close to him say he would likely be reluctant to give up that position in order to take Bauer's spot.


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. sms29s

    No kidding.

    July 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Claudia in Houson

    Based on Sanford's press conferences about his affairs, it's clear he wants to be fired and why is it so difficult for SC GOP to see that. They need to clean the wax from their ears.

    July 1, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Repuglicans act Holier than Thou

    These Repuglicans who keep harping about Sanford are just bringing more attention to the GOP's hypocrisy. They are mad as hell about a Governor falling in love but the Republican establishment has hypocritically embraced Ensign and Vitter. Repuglicans should stop talking about other people's marital problems are start discussing policy solutions to the serious problems America faces.

    July 1, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Florida Joe

    Really? Boy she catches on quick..................very perceptive of her

    July 1, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Melissa

    Wow, they just keep adding up.

    July 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. carol

    No, he is writing a book. Travel guide!

    July 1, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Jefferson Handcock

    He sure needs to shut his mouth and stop disrespecting his wife

    July 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Michael Sutherland

    The governor can't be fired: he needs to resign. (I don't know what sort of recourse the SC constitution allows: recall vote, impeachment, or anything else. But the party has no official ability to remove him.)

    July 1, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. DawnL,CA

    The only way Sanford can repair the damage in his personal life is to spend some time in a mental institution. This story just keeps getting worse & worse. Please, SC, do something.

    July 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. linda in AR

    Sanford needs to be talking to a therapist or a pastor, not the media. He is one sick dood. Certainly, he does not appear to have the mental capacity to make decisions.

    Let us not forget he 'abandoned his post' for a long period and apparently there may be some serious question about the use of state funds for his honey hunts. Seems like the 'no call, no show' rule should qualify him for immediate dismissal.

    July 1, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Buffalo

    Since the Pary of the Christian Coalition, Family Values and Traditional Marriage feels it is necessary to hide from public eye the marital implosion of one of their finest, how about you also spare the US citizenry of your intolerance towards same-sex marriage. You hypoctites are one-trick ponies (phonies, I mean) with no real concern for anything but your own narrow-minded beliefs.

    July 1, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Dave

    But I thought he was in the GOP, where only God can decide these things?

    July 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Robin

    Sanford is being a man about it because he is owning up to his mistakes, being honest, and taking responsibility.

    Does that make what he did right? Of course not, but I was taught when you make a mistake, you take responsibility. (Yes, I'm happily married).

    July 1, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Steph

    He needs to Go! The people of S. Carolina need to step up and shout for his resignation. I can't imagine that much is getting done in that state. He hasn't been honest with anyone in that state (staff, family, and the general public). This entire thing has become a big joke. Even the term, "hiking the Appalachian trail" has become code for infidelity.

    July 1, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Marc

    To all those who had already stated that 'this is a private business', guess what, you are right on that part of the story.
    I mean, the adultery stuff is something that should be only a problem for him and his wife (even if it seems that adulltery is a felony in SC).
    So he should NOT be impeached for cheating on his wife.
    Period.
    But since he went AWOL for nearly a week to be with his mistress, in another country in another hemisphere, well... it's kind of obvious the respect that he keeps for his position and his State...
    And THAT is a good reason for his impeachment or whatever can and has to be done to get him out of the office he disrespected.

    July 1, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. renea

    Well; let him without sin cast tthe first stone besides thats between him and his wife and GOD,He is the one that have to give account for his own sins.But i feel he should just step down because of the fact that he was m.i.a. for a whole week and didnt tell anyone.

    July 1, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. J.C.

    What SC needs to do is more important than what Governor Sanford needs to do for himself.

    July 1, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Stephan

    Not a big GOP fan, but what's most concerning is the GOP's obvious new leadership requirement – you must have a personal life they feel is worthy of your staying in elected office. In that regard I'm starting to wonder the difference between the South Carolina GOP and the current government in Iran.

    July 1, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Nsikan Jacob

    Sanford should not resign. We don't have any other politician that has his kind of experience in foreign affairs. He is our foreign affairs expert. If he resigns, some foreign countries may attack us emotionally and we don't trust the Obama administration on matters like that.

    July 1, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Luke Brown

    Sanford has shown no real interest in either repairing his personal life or solving the social and economic problems that face South Carolina.

    Unfortunately, as Ms. Floyd has correctly detected, Mark Sanford's lies, morals, and contempt for the honor the people of this state gave him are all too typical of the Republican party.

    July 1, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Jim

    Hypocrite? Why is it being hypocritical for the GOP to want to see this guy leave? He obviously has some serious mental issues. Same sex marriage has nothing to do with it. Get married. I could careless. Then you can have the same messy divorces everyone elses has.

    July 1, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Liberal4Obama

    Sanford shuld stay as Governor so South Carolinians and regular Americans are reminded everyday what the GOP really means when they talk about ORAL VALUES.

    July 1, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. jaye

    Disgraceful conservative republican who refuses to step down from office – rather a disgraced, adulterer that likes women and uses state money to fund his affairs, than a democrat to take his place.
    Republicans better wake up – starting with Mark Sinford. We're onto their lies and onto their destruction of our country with wars and lies.

    July 1, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Joe

    As a south carolian, I don't understand why this guy keeps on dragging us to the mud!

    July 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Mike

    Where is Fox news and it's followers?

    Pride comes before a fall!

    July 1, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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