June 25th, 2009
03:41 PM ET
14 years ago

Top South Carolina Republican calls for Sanford to resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/24/south.carolina.governor.emails/art.sanford.head.down.gi.jpg caption=" South Carolina Republican National Committee member Glenn McCall has called for Governor Mark Sanford’s resignation."]COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - A top South Carolina Republican is calling on Mark Sanford to resign following his admission of an extramarital affair, making him the first GOP official in the state to say openly the governor should step aside.

South Carolina Republican National Committee member Glenn McCall cited Sanford's past criticism of Bill Clinton, and accused the governor of hypocrisy.

"He was saying our elected leaders needs to stand firm on principles and values and one of those is strong family values," McCall told CNN in a phone interview. "What he said is hypocritical if he doesn't step down, because he was right with what he said about Clinton and others. When you are elected leader we hold you to higher standards. "

Elected to his post by state GOP activists last year, McCall is not a state lawmaker and has no formal ability to pressure the governor to remove himself from office. But he holds considerable sway with the state's religious conservative community and is considered a rising star in the state Republican Party. He is also one of the three African-American members of the RNC.

McCall said his decision reflects the sentiment of the activists in York County, where he is the county party chairman.

"I got an e-mail from someone this morning who asked me, 'What is the difference between our party and the Democrats when we have our guys behave like this?'" McCall said.

McCall said he primarily concerned with returning the Republican party to national prominence. He said that the state legislature should investigate whether Sanford abused power or misused state money to visit his mistress, but he said he didn't think an impeachment vote would be productive.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. james h. rusell`

    it is a sad day, no one can be trusted.

    June 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. sandy

    story is a former governor's aide turned over the e-mails to the news paper 6 months ago. Wonder how much they got paid for spilling the beans? Disgruntled ex-employee perhaps!!

    June 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Susan

    If Sanford wouldn't have been so quick to call on Clinton's resignation for his marital infidelities I would give him the benefit of the doubt, but nothing galls me more than when a politician, or anyone for that matter, believes the "rules" apply to everyone except him. I feel that way regardless of political affiliation.

    June 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. chicago4obama

    What a great father. He went to spend time with his mistress on Father's Day. He's a scum, just like Elliott Spitzer, Ensign and Craig. At least Clinton never professed to be a good moral man.

    June 25, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    This has nothing to do with politics. It's all about a man with no morals. I feel sorry for his wife and kids, but the best thing is for him to resign and move to Argentina.
    President Obama is not giving the comedians a lot to laugh about and Biden has not really been that good either, but leave it to the family values party to trip and fall all over themselves. They continue in the shoes/steps of #43 giving us nightly laughs. Pathetic!

    June 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Dennis Pence

    Isn't it interesting that White Christian Conservatives are held to a much higher "Moral Standard" than liberals. I often wondered why and and then I realized – Liberals don't have any moral standards. I don't condone what he did, but at least he didn't look the American public in the eye, point his finger and say (a lie at that) – "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Only slick talking, lying liberals can do that. How many papers called for his resignation (which he would have never done anyway)

    June 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. SC Conservative

    "When Bush and Cheney Lied about WMDs of Iraq.
    …………… 4,300 US TROOPS DIED
    .……………… 45,000 US TROOPS INJURED
    ..………………… 100,000 IRAQIS DIED."

    Why do you Bush haters always forget to mention the 3,000 lives lost in he World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in PA. There was a reason we wen in there.

    June 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Joe in CA

    Way to go when YOUR own party wants you to setp down. MAN UP and do the right thing you scumbag. Spitzer did, now it's your turn.

    June 25, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Obama 08

    As a South Carolinian, the only problem I have with Sanford resigning is that we'd be stuck with Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, another loser. I don't care about Sanford's personal life except that it proves he's a hypocrite and a liar. However, leaving your post for 5 days with no way to be contacted is dereliction of duty. Any employee who does that should be fired.

    June 25, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Just in it for the entertainment

    Whoops-In my post below I mistyped the SC law against adultery. It's 16-15-60.

    June 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Edgy

    To SC Conservative:

    Do you still think Iraq had anything to do with 9/11?

    No wonder your team lost.

    June 25, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Gregg Goins

    This gives all political parties a black eye, not just the GOP!

    June 25, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. forwardgal

    This is too much! What a moron this guy is. His own state doesn't like him anyhow...have you read the posts from citizens there when he turned down stimulus $$$? They are furious with him. He won't accomplish anything there now; he might as well resign. I think the dirt on him is just beginning what with his flying around and using security vehicles etc.
    But the best is the 'moral majority' GOP; they stink and lie just like many other human beings do. Their 'high horse' has fallen bigtime all over the country. Phony religious- right quacks can go hide and shut up!
    Condolences to his wife and family.

    June 25, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Florida Joe

    SC Conservative

    The reason we went there was 9/11?
    To Iraq?

    They had nothing to do with it...........

    June 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. chris

    Both sides of the political fence cheat, the difference is one side (Cons) always seem to want to tell everyone how they should live and how "moral" they should be...

    "Family Values"
    "Respect/Protect Marriage"
    "Etc...ad nausum"

    I'm a liberal like Jesus....feed the hungry, take care of the sick, teach the young, etc...

    June 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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