COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – After spending the holiday weekend with his family in Florida, Mark Sanford is apparently intent on fighting off calls for his resignation and staying in office, according to one South Carolina Republican who spoke with the governor on Monday.
Richard Yow, a member of the South Carolina Republican Party executive committee from Chesterfield County, received a phone call from Sanford on Monday afternoon. Yow said he spoke to the embattled governor for ten minutes, during which Sanford asked Yow for his forgiveness.
Yow said he told Sanford he could forgive him, but he told the governor that he should resign for the sake of the state and his family. Sanford, he said, rejected the idea.
"He said resigning would be the easy way out," Yow told CNN.
"He told me just like he told everybody else, that he didn't think resigning was the thing was to do," Yow said. "He did a lot of listening, and saying a lot of, 'I know you how you feel.' He hated that he has caused so much trouble for his family and friends and the state. I told him, it's not just trouble, it's a tragedy."
Sanford said he had a productive weekend with his family in Florida, according to Yow, and that he was working to earn their forgiveness.
"He said he was trying and he was working hard at it," Yow said. "He said they had a good time together."
Yow is one of several South Carolina Republican Party members who will be dialing into conference call Monday night to discuss how to formally respond to the ongoing Sanford saga. He said he plans to introduce a resolution calling on the governor to resign.