June 25th, 2009
03:41 PM ET
13 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. Laura, Boston MA

    What people need to remember is Gov Sanford needs to be judged by the people of SC as governor. It is up to a higher source to judge him for the infidelity.

    I loved the job President Clinton did as President but would I let my daughter in the room alone with him back then...not on your life.

    So if the people of SC think he is a good Gov. than he will maintain his post. I don't know if this has hurt his chances to move up for higher elected office or not. Again that would be up to the people!

    June 25, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. John

    That is the problem with using a political sword. In cuts you as fast as your opponent. Live by the sword die by the sword.Time to go!

    June 25, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Lisa in Shelton CT

    At least the Republicans can count on FOXNEWS to try to help by replacing the (R) with a (D) when they broadcast the sad stories – you know, to cast the stink on Dems. Now if they can just find a way to blame Obama for this.

    June 25, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!

    He's right but I still say it should be up to the people of SC.

    It destroys the credibility of the Republican Party when one of your core values is Family and then your top leaders go and do something like this.

    Kind of like the situation now with no one trusting Repubs after the inability to advance the United States after six years in power.

    I'm not saying that they don't have any good ideas, but I am saying that they waited too long to become "active".

    June 25, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    He needs to resign because he disappeared for SEVEN DAYS!!!!
    Most regular working people know that if you don't call or come in for 3 days it's considered "job abandonment". Also this man talked soooo much crap when Bill Clinton was going through his drama...now he's standing in a glass house and I hope he gets stoned! THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN A HYPOCRITE !!!!!

    June 25, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Prosecute his fraud, he commited felony crime when he used taxpayer money for personnel use. Unless somehow he is above the law?

    June 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lauren

    I agree, he should step down, especially after what he said about President Clinton.

    June 25, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Anne

    He should resign because he doesn't take his job seriously – the penalty for infidelity will be assessed by his family.

    June 25, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    Another Republican; another scandal. Like Michael Steel said, "Here we go again!" It's truly appalling what a lack of morals the Republicans have. No wonder their party is dying out.

    June 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Ciera

    In response to McCall's e-mail questioner "what's the difference between our party and the democrats when you have our guys behave like this...?


    June 25, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. honest Ab

    This is why I said do not get conservatism mixed up with christianity. Many people believe that all republicans are christians, but they are not. The repubican party realized that there were a lot of christians who were looking for godly leaders, so they went under cover as christians/conservatives to win over christians with no intention of living a christian life. This is why McCain never addressed his religious belief, because he is not a practicing christian, he's a hypocrite.

    June 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Alfred E. Neumann

    Let's ask Bob Livingston what he thinks.

    You remember Bob. Had an affair and was asked to resign by – that's right, you guessed it!

    June 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. florida indep

    I don't think he should resign for having an affair, I do think he should resign because he is guilty of hypocracy and the bibical sin of self-righteousness. He was part of the crowd that wanted Clinton's head because Clinton couldn't keep it in his pants and got caught then lied about it. This guy is an even bigger slimeball than Clinton. The party of situational ethics and false morality should never cast stones at anybody.

    June 25, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Earl

    The ensuing fallout will decide whether or not he resigns - if SC funds were used for any of the trysts - what the banal poetry in the email discloses - reaction of local GOP officials - SC newspaper editorials.

    But he's out of the 2012 WH race - NH doesn't really like conservative Southerners (W nearly got decapitated there), and the Evangelicals in the Iowa GOP caucus will look elsewhere. A poor showing in both of those races would be fatal.

    June 25, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. tgram

    "What people need to remember is Gov Sanford needs to be judged by the people of SC as governor. It is up to a higher source to judge him for the infidelity."

    I don't agree with this, however, I heard adultery was on the law books in S.C.

    If true, Sandford should be arrested and indicted. I'm just saying...

    June 25, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This call should have been made yesterday. At least there's one Republican in SC with a backbone.

    June 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. BeBe

    I don't see any reason for Governor Stanford to resign. He is only acting like all of the other politicians. Just look at Washington D.C. That seems to be all they do and we pay them for it.

    June 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. di

    he refused stimulus money to show disdain for the new administration and deeped his hands into state funds to screw a woman in argentina.... hypocrisy at worst... when you take how he gloated and spoke of the monica affair serves him right let him resign

    June 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. South Carolina

    The "affair" is something that should be worked out between the Govenor and his wife. The main concern for me is the mental, emotional, and physical state that he is in right now. Is he capable, at this moment, to have the responsibility of governing our state? The press conference showed a very fragile and frail looking man.

    June 25, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Joseph, Los Angeles

    He will resign once he realizes he's a lame-duck... no credibility., He threw morals at everone else and the boom-a-rang just hit him in the head.

    June 25, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Striker

    Why hasn't dumbo jumbo Rush Limbo called Sanford to resign yet?

    May be this idiot thinks that Republicans have right to pick and choose morality and character anytime they want while painting Democrats as adulterer is way to go.

    Hypocricy is the new name of GOP.

    June 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Tammy

    How can you be so hard on Sanford when the LT Governor can speed above and beyond the speed limit and drive drunk with a slap on the hand. I think the officials need to step back and think, Governor Sanford is the best person for his job.

    June 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Mark Fullerton, CA

    I whole heartedly disagree. Sanford was wrong to rebuke Clinton the way he did. Lets not keep making the same mistake to justify previous errors in judgment. Sanford will learn from this and hopefully he will become a better person for it.

    As for his position as Governor, that should be left up to his constituants to decide.

    June 25, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Grog in Ohio

    Abandoning his post is reason for resignation. Having a affair is between him and his family. Leaving the state with no leadership would have been criminal if a crisis had arisen.

    June 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Dennis

    One of the most vocal critics of Bill Clinton.

    June 25, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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