June 4th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford's stimulus battle comes to likely end

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/11/art.sanfordpt0311.gi.jpg caption="South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had resisted taking the federal stimulus money."](CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's prolonged campaign to reject $700 million in federal stimulus funds - an effort that earned him praise from some national conservatives but also angered many in his own state - appears to have come to an end.

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the governor must accept the federal cash designated for education funding.

Sanford, who might run for president in 2012, had resisted taking the money even when the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a budget that included the funds.

The court on Thursday stated that "under South Carolina law, the General Assembly has the sole authority to direct the appropriation of funds and, therefore, is the entity which decides whether the State desires to receive the funds."

Students and education officials in the state filed lawsuits last month demanding that the governor take the money, and Sanford tried to have the lawsuits merged and heard in federal court. On Monday, however, a federal judge rejected that attempt, and said that the South Carolina Supreme Court must decide what to do.

Sanford has scheduled a press conference on the decision this afternoon. He said earlier this week that he will not appeal the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision.

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    I'd love to see this clown run for prez – he'd spend the whole election trying to justify turning down the stimulus money. It defines him now – he's the governor who wanted to secede and turn down federal money. Just another old confederate soldier who hates the US government.

    June 4, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. I can see Canada from my house!

    As predicted.....Sanford caved after the appropriate display of conservative idiocy. They are called reactionaries for a reason, since its far easier to stake out an ideologically pure position and have a knee-jerk response rather than actually considering if something will benefit you. Since the overwhelming evidence of conservative failures to control spending and provide decent public education in South Carolina were self-evident to everyone but himself, Sanford did what all conservatives do: act like a moron purely because its easy. Bill Crist did the right thing by admitting he needed the funds. This is why Crist will sail into the US Senate, while Sanford will disappear after a late-night spot at the Republican Convention in 2012.

    June 4, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. DSH

    Sanford clearly had his party and only his party in mind when he made that idiot decision. Typical republican.

    June 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. dave

    Of course SC has to take the money, what else could they do -- secede???

    June 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. jack

    Just another political dog and pony show. Gov. refuses the money and the GOP led house passes a budget with the money in it for education.
    State Supreme Court says take the money, House republicans get to spend and Gov gets to claim the moral ground.

    Sounds like a win win cooked up in a smoke filled room by political hacks.

    When will these idiots remember who they serve. The people not political party.

    June 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Mich

    Sorry SC you have my prayers. Mr. Obama has placed you on the path of such states as CA. In 2011 , and 2012 the people of SC will have to pay for these programs yourself. The federal money will end in those years, but no one will tell you that. So when your TAXS are increased in 2011, and 2012 to pay for these programs. I don't think you should cry to Sanford. I think you should cry to OBAMA.

    June 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. right-wing = terrorists

    @ Steve (the real one) who said: "Since when does standing up for one's belief makes him or her an idiot? Nobody says you have to agree."

    Standing up for one's beliefs????!!!!! You MORON! He was elected and his SALARY is paid by the people of South Carolina! HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE STANDING UP FOR THEM!!!

    June 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. South Carolinians stand up...

    Thanks you, the SC State Supreme Court. Thanks for putting an end to this political grandstanding and bafoonary. Now that money can go where it is needed, and for the purpose it was given. For education and healthcare. Sanford took a chance and it did not and will not payoff. He has thrown away any chance of him becoming the Republician nominee for 2012. At the least I feel he lost the support of his home state...just my opnion! Sanford, a replublican Govenor who often has his vetos overriden by a Republican controlled House of Rep. knew he would loose this battle.

    June 4, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Jimmy the Greek

    Gov Sandford could NEVER run for US President....

    ... he doesn't believe in wasting tax dollars.

    June 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. David

    Once again...republicans are doing whatever they can to resist 'education', because they know that an undereducated, fear based population, is the republican base.

    June 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Charles

    And this man wants to be president? You've got to be kidding.

    June 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Gov. Sanford: Why would you expect to not be owned by the federal government like the rest of us? Obama will be out when there is not more money to give away.

    June 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Georgia

    All there is in SC is a few golf courses. Nothing else. And he still can't get that right! That state performs the lowest in just about every category – and that seems to make him happy???

    June 4, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Calista

    @ Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    I agree! Except that they will actually be indoctrinated with liberal thought so they will not be able to develop an individual thought that would allow them to vote for a Republican. In a few years they'll be join the youth league turning-in "thought criminals" who only obey the democrat party and do not love the democrat party.

    June 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. mike,texas

    The republican plan is to bankrupt the middle class and make education only possible for them,so everyone wil be to stupid to fact check their bull.More taxes for the rich is what america needs.Lets vote on it.

    June 4, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Bubba

    SR, "I guess the theme of the Political Ticker this afternoon is Idiot Republican Governors who are completely full of it."

    Ooh! Do Georgia next! Ours prays for rain!

    June 4, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. GOP says If your a muslim your a terrorist. The End!

    "He happened to make the TOUGH, RIGHT DECISION by not allowing the federal govt to control SC, which they will now do based on acceptance of the stimilus."

    Yeah, because he has done such a great job himself controlling South Carolina. I'm sorry, what's their ranking in unemployment and education?

    June 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. frank

    Now the ludicrous politician can hide behind his supreme court and that the justices forced him to do it. What a great ploy for a man who would deny education funding to his own citizens.

    June 4, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Ain't life strange?

    Sanford knew he'd lose the battle. He just wanted to show his conservative buddies what a right wing kind of rebel he is. That's why he's not going to fight the decision to take the cash. He always wanted it in the first place.

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Realistic

    Once again Gov.Sanford but his own agenda ahead of the state of S.Carolina. What most republicans do not understand is that S.Carolina has one of the highest unemployment in the country which hovers at around 11% and he is refusing to help those who need it. I guess its ok with him because he still has a job, health insurance and lives in a mansion.

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Brian, Pensacola

    ok.. you mean to tell me that the people of state spoke up and have decided they want the funds... now I think there is a word for that.. its called democracy.... unless of course the republicans think the people aren't able to decide... and that would be a socialist, communist, fascist state....

    June 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. ib

    This is pathetic. People who really realize what Obama is doing to this country can't even stop it. Those who support Obama in this are just plain stupid or such worshipers of Obama they can't see things until it is to late and then they will still take up for Obama.

    June 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. PS

    I wonder if all of those here asking Sarah Palin to shut up and go away did the same thing when George W Bush won both of his elections ? I didn't think so.

    June 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Beverly

    This guy is practicing party first along with Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.

    June 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Adam

    If the federal govt decided to not give him any funds for anything he'd be complaining. Or if McCain were president this wouldn't be a problem.

    June 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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