August 26th, 2009
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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. Grog in Ohio

    I concur with other writers noting that his marital issues are his own business. My issue is that he abandoned his post for a tryst. Irresponsible, at best and worthy of impeachment at worst.

    August 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Courtney From GA

    This is hilarious!!! This is the same guy who demanded for Pres. Clinton to get impeached.. But wait!!! The Republicans are the "Party of Family Values and Morals" Yeah Right!!! It smells like hypocrisy to me!! Republicans take this advice.. before you judge people take a long look in the mirror!!!

    August 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. elana

    We all have lessons to learn in this life. Mark Sanford can no longer lead. He willfully chose to "abandon" his wife and children, emotionally and even physically, to have an affair with a woman who lived in another Country. His ability to lead as Governor at this particular time is impossible. I'm pleased to see that the Lt. Governor has stepped up to the plate and called for his resignation. Mr. Sanford has now learned one important lesson in life: "Never cheat on your wife". If your passions are such that you cannot control your behavior, then "divorce" your wife before having an affair!

    August 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Ted Tartaglia

    Sanford should be impeached! He has condemned others for extramarital affairs and demanded their resignations but had steadfastly refused to resign himself. This is the height of hyprcrisy and is indicative of the "family values" of the Repub party.

    Sanford has also violated the laws of South Carolina by misuse of public funds and equipment. It is time to remove this blight on the citizens of South Carolina. They deserve better!

    August 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Dirty Politics

    Micheal, this Lt. govenor is anything but a "shining example". He has a hidden agenda and skeletons in his closet. I agree that Sanford let our state down, but I don't agree that he shouldleave ofice. Despite the problems in his personal life, he las led our state in a way that should be applauded. Other politicians have done worse and received a slap on the hand, if that much. I do agree that Sanford made a hugh mistake but he still has much political good to offer our state. Let the man finish his job.

    August 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Scott in Atlanta

    ummm... adultery is a crime.

    August 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Robin in SC

    Bauer is no better than Sanford as far as his politics, but at least he hasn't abandoned his job (at least nothing public if he has). I couldn't care less that Sanford had an affair...he lied, he misused state money for his tryst while denying stimulus money to school children and others, he stood on his moral high horse throwing stones at those he considered unworthy, then he took a hike. If he'd done all this WITHOUT the affair he'd have already been given the axe...the affair is a smokescreen that the reps and Sanford are using for sympathy. Give us a break and step down.

    August 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. steve from canton

    I am your proverbial conservative, right wing voter (Reagan, Bush's, Limbaugh listener, etc). Mark Sanford needs to resign and work on rebuilding his family. "All have sinned and fall short of God's glory"...this is true, and God will forgive all who ask in true repentance, but that does not mean there are not consequences. The right thing to do is resign, focus on what is truly important from an eternal perspective. Any man can be restored but for now Mr. Sanfords credibility is "down in the grass". I believed Clinton should have resigned over the integrity issue...I feel equally certain that someone from my political party should do the same.

    August 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Cathy in AZ

    Gov. Sanford should not be impeached for the act of adultery but for the misuse of state funds, of taxpayer funds. They all seem to forget it's not the deed it's the cover-up. It's always the cover-up.
    If Gov. Sanford was truly concerned about the welfare of his family and his citizens of So Carolina, he would have resigned immediately. Too much time living @ "C" Street perhaps.

    August 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Objective Thinking

    He cheated, but the spending of public money was the crime. Likewise, Clinton cheated, but the perjury was the crime. Clinton was impeached but not removed, so let Sanford be impeached but not removed.

    August 26, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. John

    With the way the Republicans work, I'm suprised he didn't get a promotion.

    August 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    I honestly don't know how Mr. Sanford can effectively conduct the state's business while all this is going on. The family is living in "exile", he has betrayed people's trust, the economy is not buoyant and his state is poor yet he rejected the stimulus. Even his fellow Republicans are snubbing him. He must be made of cast iron to be able to weather the hurricane in his life.

    August 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Terry from Texas

    As a proud Liberal, I will miss Mark "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" Sanford. The good people of South Carolina have shown us what Conservatism is all about. Sanford is one of God's little gifts to Liberalism. He follows Sen. Ensign of Nevada, whose parents paid big bucks to his mistress, Sen. Larry "Wide-Stance" Craig, who made airport travel so much more exciting for all men, and Rep. Mark Foley, who stalked young House Interns through the virtual corridors of Congress.

    Now each of these men assures us that Jesus has in fact forgiven him, so we can do no less. I say, let the man serve out his term. He is providing a valuable service to the nation.

    August 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. common sense

    For all who defend this guy – HE USED TAXPAYER FUNDS for HIS AFFAIR !!!!! What the heck is wrong with you guys????

    August 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. nea

    Yes he did commited aldutrey and he admitted it and he did other things that he should not have done. To me by him being a Christian i feel as long as he ask GOD to forgive him and i know GOD will thats all that matter, because the truth of the matter is some of us have done worst but no one knows about it yet but GOD. So we have to be careful about passing judgement. As far as him stepping down thats some he have to decide.

    August 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Truth Hurts

    I don't care about him having an affair. Because most men sadly, cheats on his spouse or mate, at one point of time. Some get caught and some don't. I do have a problem, when they use the taxpayer dollars to do so. Even if it is some how legal, it is still morally wrong.

    August 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Petena

    Guess what would happen to you and I if we did not show up for work for a couple of days? ..... The answer is in two words: "You're Fired". Its not about his personal life, its about his JOB RESPONSIBILITY.

    August 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Fred the Moderate

    Keep Him, Please Keep Him

    The next election should be a circus

    August 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Debby

    Finally get rid of this guy. Its not about his sexcapades but using taxpayers money for it.

    August 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. DX in TX

    Poor Standford , he just wants to be loved....there are worse things he could have done. Like take his sons to Argentina to meet chicks....

    August 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Zach K

    As a Democrat, Sanford needs to finish his term, regardless of adultery.

    There is NO evidence of him using any form of public funds for his trip.

    August 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Kirk

    Where there's smoke, there's fire. Where there's illegal or immoral behavior, there's GOP.

    August 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Nicole

    Sanford abandoned the state of South Carolina – and he did it on the taxpayer dime. What more do you need in order to be convinced that he is unfit for duty? This isn't about his affair; this isn't some mystical test of his religious strength. This is about a man in power choosing to abuse that power for his own personal gain.

    Mr. Sanford, stop playing the "God's plan" card and step down. You owe the people of your state an exit that is dignified. Enough theatrics and flimsy excuses.

    August 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Steve in Kentucky

    I think he should stay on so we can focus clearly on what a bunch of liars and hypocrites the Repiglican Party really is.

    August 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. wikwox

    NOOOOOO!!!! Let this goofball for Gawd swing in the breeze and further drag the Republicans in the sex scandel mud they have so come to love.

    August 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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