August 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
9 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. PFM

    If any one of us abandoned our job for five days, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, we would have been booted out on our behind. It is exponentially worse when you are in a LEADERSHIP POSITION, and are the GOVERNOR OR A STATE !!! Why would anyone defend this blob? Also, if he resigns of gets thrown out, Bauer should have every right to run in 2010 if he so desires. Unfortunately, he isn't in lockstep with the radical right, so he doesn't stand a chance. Those comparing to Clinton- would you like a special prosecutor dragging Sanford through the mud for the next two years?

    August 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Tommy

    In the words of the sage Sen. Demint, this is looking alot like Sanford's Waterloo.

    August 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Joy

    Jen Sanford for Governor of SC

    August 26, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Tami in CO

    You Mr. Sanford betrayed the most sacred bond. If you can betray that, then you can certainly betray your state and country. Since you refuse to leave, you should be impeached. You are a disgrace to the state of South Carolina

    August 26, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Navy Vet

    This man is not worthy of serving his state. I voted for Reagan and Bush 41, but since then the republicans has become a disgrace to our great nation. They look out for themselves and weathly among us, but never the ones who really needed it. Our elected leaders should be for the people, not against the people.

    August 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Suzie_Q

    People, the SC Governor shouldn't resign because he had an extramarital affair. He should resign because he left the country without delegating his authority and he lied about his whereabouts! Such actions by an elected official is irresponsible and a breach of fiduciary duty!

    August 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Nann

    right on moderate democrat. Sanford should resign. He will never get anything accomplished while in office. I do not plan on voting for McMaster. I hoping a rising star wlll appear out of this rubble!

    August 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Roger

    The poor ol Tomcat, lost his wife, lost his family now maybe his job. Give the guy a break.

    August 26, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Perusing-Through


    As "State Commander-in-Chief" of South Carolina's National Guard, it was absolutely inexcusable for Mark Sanford to be AWOL while chasing his mistress in Argentina and using tax payer dollars to do so. RESIGN!

    August 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Oh please, Bauer, shove it. I bet the reason why he isn't willing to resign is because YOU are the Lt. Gov, Mr. Got-caught-speeding-twice-and-held-a-state-wide-parade-to-apologize-for-it.

    August 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. phyllis

    I think it would be easier on his family, if he would just step down, and not be put out of office by his co-republicans, his own people are after him, talking about rats leaving a sinking ship, the good ole boys are cutting their losses. You really find out who your friends are at times like these, but that is the republician way, you are ok as long as you do as I say, and not as I do. Maybe Sanford, will come out of this a better man, I hope so for his children sakes. thank you

    August 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    So many stones being thrown from so many sinful homes. Christians seem to take everything but the 'do not judge, lest ye be judged' part so seriously. Picking and chosing what God wants of you is not religious, it's moronic.

    August 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Jay T.

    We need to stop focusing on the extramarital affair and focus on how this guy routinely disappeared on tax payer dollar. I challenge anyone out there to just vanish for three days from your job while the company is paying for you and see if you still have a job when you return.

    August 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Mike - NJ

    I can care less that this guy cheated on his wife – its their business. But what I DO care about is 1. the way he went about doing it (misusing state funds/time/etc…) and 2. the total hypocrisy about him wanting to keep his seat!! This is the SAME GUY that INSISTED Clinton resign for his affair. Nothing more telling of a man’s character then one who doesn’t practice what they preach. He’s a typical C-Street Republican.

    August 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. NJFinest2009

    The only thing that I can say is that I am proud that his wife, left his sorry but and did not allow him to make a fool out of her

    August 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Cruzan Obama Mama

    It is about time that they (Repubs) live up to the same rules that they set for everyone else. It is ok for them to request other peoples' resignation, but they should stay in office. Take a nice gulp of your own medicine, Sanford. The fat lady is singing and holding that note.

    I think Ensign should be next. For all of those who will say that this is the Dems just going at Repubs...consider this. Dems are not the ones that put themselves out there as the representatives of family values. Clinton, Edwards, & others have all done their dirt with people like Sanford & Ensign calling for them to resign. Now the tables are turned does not make it injustice, it makes it karma.

    August 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. john stryker

    ahh the party of morals and personal responsibility.

    August 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. E. Johnson

    Mark Sanford completely lacks class.

    As one of those Republican conservatives who feels content to lecture about family values, defending marriage, and "what would Jesus do", he shows how little respect some right wing politicos have for us, their wives, our religion, and the values they claim to uphold.

    August 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. a

    kick him out

    August 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom

    Adultery IS NOT A CRIME. However, using state funds to visit your lover is taking advantage of the office.

    And..... not being present at your job, skipping town without notice is wrong!

    How many of us would have a job IF we all left town for a week or more?


    August 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Ken from missouri

    I hope every american that falls in love with another woman don't lose
    their job because their are alot of americans who fall in love with another person while their married.

    August 26, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. john

    He should be! Mr. Righteous when it was Clinton and then he acts even worse.

    August 26, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. barnes in TN

    I don't care about the affair. I care that he abdicated his duties and disappeared on his state.

    August 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Librarian

    Sanford is a cretin.

    August 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. ghostwriter

    WHo cares who he screwed? He should resign because he was stupid enough to say things like "fell in love" and "soulmate" in press conferences. He continued to have press converences and everytime, he just keep burying himself further and further. Clearly, this man broke under pressure. Not exactly a good look for a leader.

    August 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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