July 7th, 2009
01:34 PM ET
5 years ago

South Carolina's Sanford waits for storm to pass

The fallout from Gov. Mark Sanford's affair caps months of decline for the second-term governor.
The fallout from Gov. Mark Sanford's affair caps months of decline for the second-term governor.

(CNN) – It was late December 2007, and all eyes were on South Carolina.

As the state's Republican presidential primary neared, a crowded field of contenders sought the backing of their party's rising star, but Gov. Mark Sanford pledged to stay neutral in what was then a wide-open GOP race.

Fast-forward nearly 18 months later, and even Sanford's closest allies are distancing themselves from him after he admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina.

A week ago, some observers said they thought Sanford's resignation was inevitable. But the Republican governor has made it clear that he's not going to step down, and some now say he might be able to hang onto his job.

"My hope is and continues to be that he can reconcile with his family and repair the damage done to his family and with the constituents of South Carolina and can finish out his term," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, The State newspaper reported. "That is still my belief, and that is still my hope, and I believe that is possible."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Dereliction of duty. Lying. Use of taxpayer-funded travel resources for personal trips to see his girlfriend. Erratic behavior. He should be impeached if he refuses to resign.

    July 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. SHIRLEY SDL

    It is a fact that Sanford is obliged to step down because of what he has said of others in previous circumstances, and South Carolina should expect him to do so. Secondly, he is obviously not in love with his wife, and they should go their separate ways now rather than later. Rarely can a marriage this broken be repaired. There is no such thing as falling in love again with the same person in most cases. They would save themselves and their family alot of heartache by ending things sooner rather than later.

    July 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Tom in CA

    It's between Mark and Jenny. GAL

    July 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Mike b

    The storm will pass when he resigns.

    July 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |