July 6th, 2009
05:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford rejects call for resignation

Mark Sanford is resisting calls for his resignation.
Mark Sanford is resisting calls for his resignation.

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.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. KJL

    He's shameless.

    July 6, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I'm out of comments. The Palin mess has drained me – 1st trying to decipher her sentences and then feeling like most of the country seems to be paranoid - whew.

    Gov. Sanford – make a decision and stick to it. Either stay 100% or go 100%. We don't need two Rep. Gov. Whackjobs.

    July 6, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Ann

    good for him. He should resign if he was a bad governor. His personal life is his business.

    July 6, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. KathyC in MInnesota

    ARROGANT, ARROGANT, ARROGANT!!!

    The nerve of this man. I do feel for his wife and children. Does Mark Sandford not realize what all this is doing to them?? He's NOT the victim here!!!

    July 6, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    That's roght just keep ignoring your people it has worked so well for you so far. I'm sorry this has become about your personal life. I thoght you should resign for idiotically suggesting that SC didn't want the stimulus money.

    July 6, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Matt

    He's a hypocrite

    July 6, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Common_Cents

    This is the kind of power couple that often runs a country like France or Italy...sophisticated, progressive, cosmopolitan and with a mature view of extra martial relationships.

    US MEDIA is so out of touch with these kinds of people.

    July 6, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Steph

    This man's ego just won't quit! You would think he would listen to his "friends" and resign.

    July 6, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Marie

    it is too bad he feels that this is not hurting his state.
    he should resign so he can concentrate on his family instead of trying to save his job.

    July 6, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Zero.

    Reject? How? He's forgot about the ELECT...

    July 6, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Swaseygirl

    I think Sanford should join Paulin and respond to a higher calling.
    In the case of Paulin hopefully some book learning and voice modulation lessons; and in Sanfords case a serious search for a new spiritual advisor.

    July 6, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. cat

    As a fellow Republican I say BOOT HIM OUT.
    I want leaders we Republicans can be proud of w/out comproimse to our moral values. If your are going to stand on the platform of America than you need to be above reproach. Why do you think we pay you the BIG BUCKS. And why do you think you continue to have a job.

    July 6, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Common Cents-

    It's not the media that is out of touch. It is the right wing hypocrites who preach a puritanical view on life but practice otherwise.

    July 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Bill

    We forgive you Mark. Now go join Cubby Culbertson in the back of the room and let someone with credibility be governor.

    July 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Susan

    A real man would put his family first and resign to concentrate on repairing the damage he caused. Sanford is just feeding his ego!

    July 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. DawnL,CA

    @ GI Joe 5:37pm
    Well said!

    July 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I agree his personal life should be separate ... Unless it interferes with the commitment he made to SC. He lied to his constituents and left them high and dry while he attempted to work out his personal affairs. Neglecting the state, and misleading his own staff, is grounds enough to resign.

    July 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Cassandra Washington

    It should no longer be his choice. He should be ousted so he can go have his mid-life crisis in private.

    July 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. steve

    Disregard this Republican party fraudsters. They would say one thing to the public but would privately tell the Adulterer Sanford to stay the course.
    They are all hypocrites.

    July 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. AJ

    Isn't it interesting that the same people who are criticizing Palin for resigning to protect her family, are calling out Sanford for NOT doing the same...

    July 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Sam I Am

    HUhh.."Common_Cents"....this is not France. This is the United States.
    We have our own morals and expectations of our governing representatives. Following your incredibly broken logic, there are countries that allow a leader to have more than one wife. Should we adhere to those guidelines? Guess not, huh.....

    This man serves only himself. He doesn't care about his wife, his family, his state or his staff. He is a classic case of arrogance at its worst. And he's trying to use the unsuccessful Palin game plan of playing victim. We don't need victims leading us. We need leaders who stand up, say what they're going to do, and then do it. Maybe South Carolinians will be dumb enough to keep him on, but his road to the Whitehouse just turned into a dead end.

    July 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. CC

    He left his post...fire him. He has paid back over $3000 so he must have felt he stole that money...fire him. Not to mention the marriage vows he broke. What is the GOP waiting on? He isn't the moral image we need. Either talk the talk and walk the walk or leave the party! SC needs all the help they can get right now, and they don't need all this distraction and someone whose time has been spent on "blowing off steam with the guys" and now needs to be spent with his family. Please.

    July 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    So, let me get this right:

    You have one Governor republican with supposedly HUGE approval ratings, who is quitting. And then we have another, who everyone wants to quit (including MANY of his FELLOW and STATE republicans), but refuses to.

    It's official: Republicans do everything backwards and contrary to what the people want. But the smart people (non-republicans) knew that already. It's the stupid people that just don't get it...YET!

    July 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Alli

    I agree his personal life should be separate ... Unless it interferes with the commitment he made to SC. He lied to his constituents and left them high and dry while he attempted to work out his personal affairs. Neglecting the state, and misleading his own staff, is grounds enough to resign.

    July 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. SpringBillyHell

    Why does he keep saying resigning would be the easy thing to do??? Is it because he'll actually have to focus ALL his time and energy on making amends for what he did to his family and state? I'd bet money that in the end he jets off to his mistress–permanently. He's spending more time airing his dirty laundry rather than doing the job the good people of S. Carolina elected him to do. To me it's not a question of what's easy or not easy, it has more to do with integrity, honour, honesty, and trust...he has none of those things.

    July 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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