August 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

SC Lt. Gov. to ask for Sanford's resignation

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will call on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will call on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

(CNN) – South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will call on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at noon, making him the highest ranking official in the state to do so, according to a source close to Bauer.

But Bauer - who has been plotting his entrance into the 2010 governor's race - will also pledge in the news conference not to seek the top office himself if Sanford does decide to step down in the coming weeks.

The lieutenant governor will send a letter to Sanford later today asking him to step down, a move that would elevate Bauer into the governor's mansion for the remainder of Sanford's term.

That prospect is an uncomfortable one for rival Republicans in the governor's race, who believe Bauer would gain an upper hand in the 2010 race as an incumbent. And because he stands to benefit directly, Bauer also risks appearing nakedly ambitious by asking Sanford to go.

But Bauer is promising not to enter the race if he assumes the governorship - a scenario he first floated to CNN in June after Sanford revealed an extramarital affair and came under fire from members of his own party.

"What it would do is it would get the politics out of it," Bauer told CNN about his proposal at the time. "The people that are so concerned for their own political future about running for governor, would no longer be worried if I came in and became governor, because I would just say.'You know what? This is bigger than politics. I will go and lead in for the next 18 months and not run for re-election.'"

Rivals to Bauer have noted that this isn't the first time he has promised to avoid future campaigning. In 2006, Bauer told The Greenville News that if were to win re-election in that year's campaign for lieutenant governor, he would not seek the governorship in 2010.

Bauer and Sanford did not run as a ticket and were elected separately in past elections.

The other Republicans running for governor are Attorney General Henry McMaster, Rep. Gresham Barrett, state Rep. Nikki Haley and state Sen. Larry Grooms.


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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. t

    About time, these Rep., thinks that they can get away with everything.
    Its time to say NO MORE. Their live is a lie, and they lie to the American people. No More

    August 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    Mark Sanford, tell them that adultery is not a crime!

    Stand your ground!

    August 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. We voted for change,

    Finally, some self respect shown by the State of South Carolina

    August 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Aunt Bea and Opie

    So much for the rise of the New Confederacy and their President.

    August 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Deuce

    Is this News?? So much Crap around today. What with Kennedy, and now this.

    August 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Parker Marione

    It's too bad what Gov Sanford did to his family and his state for a piece of a twit.

    August 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. A.B.

    Mark Sanford should do everyone concerned a favor and just resign!! The very fact that people have to ask him to resign is a glaring testament to his lack of character and integrity. Mark Sanford's lack of sound judgement, unethical behavior have demostrated his unfitness of public office and demand his resignation for the public good. He is an embarassment to himself, family and political colleques and has made South Carolina a laughing stock for the entire nation.

    August 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. larry B

    What a joke. "Wanna be Governor" South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Baue wants the Gov to resign so Andre can take center stage. It ain't Christmas Andre - get a life. Sanford will serve out his term as he should – you, on the other hand, should find a different career outside of politics

    August 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Stephen in NY

    I think Kennedy's legacy should be term limits and cleaning up the nepotism and corruption in Congress, starting in the Northeast.

    August 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes, adultery is actually a crime in South Carolina as is inappropriate use of State funds. The only question remaining is: what took these people so long. At least with his wife and children having already seen the handwriting on the wall, he can just rent a U-haul and move his remaining belongings out of the mansion. Karma is a trip ain't it?!

    August 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Polar Bears Against Palin

    The impact of the loss of Edward Kennedy will be great. Governor Mark Sanford? Not so much.

    Take a hike, you right-wing hypocrite! Don't let the screen door hit you on the half-moons on the way out the door.

    August 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. What a Joke

    Its not about adultery, people. It is about the misuse and the abuse of the office while seeing his mistress. Its OK to defend the man but make sure you are defending him for the right reason and not just because. That is the problem with people on both sides of the aisle these days, you only see your party and don't want to take a stand when your party does wrong. Lets wake up and call a spade a spade. It would be beneficial for him to step aside and to work on his marriage. Kudos to Lt. Gov Bauer for saying if he does become governor he would not seek re-election. Now he is someone to rally behind.

    August 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Casey - California

    I could care less about adultery... though any politician who believes that they can do so and get away with it in today's world is more than STUPID.... and stupid definitely DOES worry me!

    That, and his ridiculous Republican ideology.

    August 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. owens

    what next mark ?

    August 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Marilyn

    This guy needs to be GONE - the sooner the better. And he should take John Edwards with him!!!

    August 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He can wrap his "valuables" in the Confederate flag on his way out the door. He should'nt have any problems finding people to put to work by helping him pack up as his state has 39,000 people and counting unemployed. Perhaps he should have put that stimulus money to work to help his constituents, and bring his schools up to at least 19th century standards (yes, I said 19th century). Good riddance you selfish, egotistical jerk...er, governor.

    August 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. ANGIE IN PA

    Well he lied he lied to his family,He lied to the People of SC, He lied to his staff,He used State Money tax payers money to visit his soul mate, IMPEACH HIM!

    August 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. No Incumbents 2010

    Sanford is just trying to do his job. Why can't other public servants do the same? Sanford is admittedly guilty of falling in love, but he is only human. Why can't other politicians focus on policy solutions to the real problems? I guess career politicians like Bauer love soap operas.

    August 26, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Turnip truck

    He set his state back a hundred years.

    August 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. victim of republican greed

    If Sanford had any respect for the citizens on South Carolina, he would resign. There is more to this than adultery, it also deals with misuse of taxpayer funds.

    We may again see a Governor hauled away in chains.

    August 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Dorothy

    Adultery is between the Governor and his wife but the way he abused his power and the misue of state funds is between the Governor and his constituents and that is why he should either resign or be impeached.

    August 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. victim of republican greed

    If Sanford would do the right thing and resign, he would still be able to make big money as a lobbyist for health care or promoting family values for the Christian Coalition.

    August 26, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Ann

    Was Governor Sanford considered a good leader before this mess? That's the only question his followers or his detractors should be asking. Drop the partisan talk and concentrate on whether he was and is a good governor. Remove the hate speech and see what's left.

    August 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. rhoward

    As per usual, Gov. Sanford is going to hang on in there because, according to him, he's always right. It doesn't matter to him that he's lost the backing of most of the state legislature and is going to accomplish nothing in the next 18 months or that he's making the state a laughingstock. He's always right and, gosh darn it, he's not leaving until either his term is up or the legislature boots his butt out the door.

    August 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Mike, FL

    If a democrat has done this, the Reps would be screaming for him to resign or even attempt to impeach him. What a bunch of right wing hipocrates!!

    August 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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