June 26th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Second SC paper calls on Sanford to step down

(CNN) - A second South Carolina newspaper is calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

The editorial Friday morning in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat comes two days after Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. The governor also acknowledged Wednesday that he did not tell his staff that he was in Argentina during a five-day period over the past week.

"Sanford should exit not because of his personal problems but because in dealing with those problems, he has shown clearly that he cannot be an effective leader. The entire episode vividly illustrates irresponsibility and poor judgment. He could not have handled the situation worse," the paper says in an editorial.

"Sanford decided Wednesday to step aside as leader of the Republican Governors Association. If he cannot be an effective leader of that organization, how can he expect to be effective as the state's chief executive? Sanford indicated Wednesday he will remain in office. He should not. Sanford indicated Wednesday he will remain in office. He should not."

On Thursday, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal became the first newspaper in South Carolina to call on Sanford to resign.

Sanford has not indicated any intention of stepping down.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Lauren

    I think the people of South Carolina deserve to have a governor who will do something for them, not just serve his own interests.

    He needs to step down. The alternative would be to stay and serve as a constant reminder of what is wrong with the republican party.

    June 26, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Joe in CA

    As the slogin goes, "Just Do It". Man up and resign like Spitzer did. Come on, it'll ba an elite club of the unemployed.

    June 26, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    Bill Clinton made it OKAY to screw around on your wife.
    He is treated like a hero now.
    No one in the Democratic party wanted to burn him.
    Women (NOW) never had a bad thing to say about it.
    Seems like it is okay as far as the Dems.

    June 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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