August 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
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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. abby0802

    About time.

    He already has shown extreme poor judgment - lying to his family and the public, using the state plane for personal reasons, disappearing without letting anyone know the truth of where he was - and that's probably just the tip of the iceberg. He has shown up repeatedly on tv demonstrating his lack of rationality....

    The man needs psychological counseling....

    August 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Mark needs to do the right thing.............RESIGN.

    August 26, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Ken

    Poor fellow is just trying not to be another Sarah Palin. But he can't help it....the rot and decay that goes along with being a leader in a horribly distorted and increasingly extreme [R] party is inescapable.

    August 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Bill from CA

    Adultery may not be a crime, but abusing taxpayer dollars to fund your trips overseas to see your mistress is. This guy is a disgrace to his state, his office, and his party, all of which seem to be calling for his resignation, so hopefully he will do the right thing and heed that call.

    August 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Rosa

    Just start the impeachment process already!

    August 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    While we're attacking this man for his lapse in moral judgement, why not also look inward? Find within yourselves the reasons you post such juvenile comments under the veil of anonymity. The fact that an adult should be able to reason that playing sides advances no one's adgenda and certainly not our collective well-being.

    You've all been played by viscious politics and reality show-like tactics to bring out the worst in America. You followed suit, all the while acting as if it were by your own accord that you arrived at such ill-informed and slanderous opinions of the other side.

    I assure you picking a side is nothing more than turning off your brian. Congratulations America, you've succeeded.

    August 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Moderate Democrat

    He committed adultery...yes...that's a CRIME in SC (do some reading). Further more, he cheated his state out of funds. Lastly, he ABANDONED his duties (Dude...where's my governor?).

    To those who say "he just fell in love' or "it's between him and his wife"...get a CLUE. He failed in EVERY regard: As a man, a father, a politician, a christian and as a human.

    Add to all of that the fact that SC rates in the bottom percentile of the USA in almost ALL areas (unemployment, literacy, health care, etc), and you have one of the worst governors in the entire history of the USA.

    There is NO defense for this guy!

    August 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Dorothy

    WELL'WELL' finially the REPUBLICAN'S are doing something right .althought when President Bill Clinton did his thing they went for his head. THE holy rollies are showing their high morel roots. A little to late!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. tierra

    Who cares he had an affair... this country promotes more sex than anyone but people act all outraged when its brought brow light...leave him n office

    August 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Sanford will be remembered as the ultimate twitwit,he chose a twit to take the place of his wife.

    August 26, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    The definition of a sociopath from dictionary dot com:
    "Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal. Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others."

    Maybe there should be a standard test for those who run for office for this type of behavior. There's a lot of people who represent us right now that fall into this category. They're obviously in it for themselves, not for anything remotely defined as public service.

    August 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. DJ

    take a real hike this time

    August 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    if Gov Sanford had been a Democrat and done this you could bet the likes of Rush and Hannity would be daily beating the drum to have him booted out of the door. To date you rarely hear a peep out of either one them on this matter other than Limbaugh blaming Sanford's affair on of all people President Obama. What a bunch of sorry losers.

    August 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. eolufemi

    I find it ridiculous that they want him to resign because he had an affair, but could care less that he tried to deny South Carolina students money for their education.

    August 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. keith A. sillsbury

    This man would rather cost the tax payers of S.C. funds they don't have to remove him than resign and fade into the background. Just one more so-called CONSERVATIVE . do as I say not as I do. And they wonder why the republican party is becoming extinct.

    August 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Folks in my neck of the woods say Bauer's even worse than Sanford. Thanks, Republicans, for keeping our beautiful state ignorant and poor in the name of good ol' "conservative values."

    August 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Bertha

    Sanford needs to leave now and take DeMint and Graham with him!

    August 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. aliousalam

    did he use government money in this private affair?
    if so, he should be procecuted and jailed.
    Otherwise, leave him alone.

    August 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. vic nashville , Tn

    They didn’t call his resignation when he ignore the South Carolina !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Why is this taking so long? If he were a democrat he would have been out in a week.

    August 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Deuce

    "What ever you may call it". A swing-vote today/this week, in health care, will be because of a cover-up today. Live with it CNN as usual.

    You know when to shut your mouth long enough, to keep hypocrits like you playing king.

    August 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Michael

    Finally a politician who is willing to put the good of he state before his own good. Just exactly what a politician should be. The Lt. Governor is a shining example of what we should be expecting from our leaders.

    Michael

    August 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Gus The Willie

    This is kind of getting old, why is CNN resurrecting this scarecrow? The corn has been pretty much harvested, and we still are hearing about this shamed governor. I would find Lamont and Fred Sandford a bit more interesting. A junk person will alway be a junk person.

    August 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Perusing-Through

    IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU MR. SANFORD . . .

    . . . it is about the state and integrity of South Carolina state government. And as long as you Mr. Sanford hang around the state capitol, it will be about the integrity and hypocrisy of the state Republican Party. So please leave now.

    August 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. S Callahan New York

    This is called political ' black balling'.......remember...he opposed stimulus monies........ Hang in there Sanford....the devil is in the details but God is greater than all that...and will deliever you....pull out the ammuniation of words.....you don't have to take this....being humble does not mean not fighting. You erred, you asked for forgiveness...if trutly repented.....God will help you on this (Exodus 14:14)

    August 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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