June 30th, 2009
01:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Sanford should stay, two top South Carolina papers say

An influential South Carolina newspaper published an editorial Tuesday that said Gov. Mark Sanford should not step down.

An influential South Carolina newspaper published an editorial Tuesday that said Gov. Mark Sanford should not step down.

(CNN) - Two major South Carolina newspapers are calling on Gov. Mark Sanford to stay in office.

Last Wednesday, Sanford admitted to a year long extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. The governor also acknowledged he did not tell his staff that he was in Argentina during a five-day period when his location was not known.

Despite calls from some South Carolina lawmakers and politicians for the governor to resign, Sanford, meanwhile, appears to be standing firm. He wrote in a message to his political action committee e-mail list on Monday that while he considered resigning, "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

The State, the Columbia newspaper that last week broke the story that Sanford was in Argentina, in an editorial Tuesday, says Sanford should stay in office to keep the playing field leveled for the 2010 gubernatorial contest. If Sanford resigns, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, a fellow Republican but no ally of Sanford, would become governor. Bauer is among a number of candidates who are interested in running for governor in 2010. Sanford is term limited and can't run for re-election next year.

"Reasonable people can disagree over whether it would be better to have Mr. Sanford or Mr. Bauer in the governor's office for the next 18 months. And if Mr. Bauer were not running for governor, this might be a more difficult call. But Mr. Bauer is running for governor, and it simply is not responsible to overlook the tremendous advantage he would have if he were able to use the bully pulpit of that office for the next year," says an op-ed in The State.

The State also raised serious questions about Bauer's preparedness to lead. "Although this could change in the coming year," they wrote, "to this point Mr. Bauer simply has not demonstrated that he has the vision to lead our state.

The editorial questioned Bauer's character and highlighted past run-ins with law enforcement, including the time he used a police radio to waive off state troopers after he was caught driving 101 MPH on a South Carolina highway in a state car.

The paper also questioned whether Bauer was sincere in his suggestion to CNN Monday that he would give up a 2010 gubernatorial bid in exchange for taking over the rest of Sanford's term.

They wrote that Bauer had made a similar pledge before, but failed to keep his promise.

"If we're looking to rid our state of embarrassment, it's hard to see how replacing Mr. Sanford with Mr. Bauer would accomplish that. And it's hard to overstate the potential long-term downside of such a move."

The Charleston Post and Courier also urges that Sanford stay in office.

"Gov. Mark Sanford ended any speculation about his plans to resign on Sunday when he declared, with finality, that he would remain for the rest of his term. That won't end demands by his legislative critics for his resignation in the wake of his extramarital affair. But it provides a measure of reality about their prospects. Like the governor, they should make the best of a difficult situation," says the newspaper in an editorial.

Last week, two smaller South Carolina newspapers, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, called on Sanford to resign.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Vic

    Typical Republican,,,"Do as I say ..not as I do!" What a fall from Grace..another GOP hopeful goes SPLAT!!

    June 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    How many of you supported Bill Clinton when he cheated on his wife?
    Come on now, don't be shy. Let the rest of us hear what you said to defend Cigar Bill back in the day...

    June 30, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. kenny

    South Carolina is a big joke, what a loser for Gov.

    June 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Esco

    I'm kind of surprised he is standing up for himself. Its actually a very good thing...other politicians are scared into quitting and he's not. Very interesting...

    June 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. G

    I have heard that they are only doing this because they think Bauer is even more incompetent than Sanford and they are terrified of the prospect of him running the state!

    June 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. North Carolinian

    This just shows how much different the two Carolinas are. North Carolina voted for Obama, we have cities, trains, educated people, freeways, etc. In other words we are so backwards. What is wrong with you people south of the NC border? They should require a passport to go across the state line:)

    June 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. flavoter

    This is the biggest reason this country is going under. We continue to lower our standards and allow, and take anything. This man is scum but if we watch television and listen to various music to be scum is somehow an acceptable thing.

    Case in point John McCain's daughter seems to not have a problem with this adulterous situation (wonder what she'll say if it happens to her?) but if you have been raised to think those type actions are okay 9her mom and dad's situation) then whats to be expected. We have no morals in this country thats why sex crime on young children and the Bernie Ma doffs who will do anything for a buck are growing in outragous numbers daily. The media has desensitized this country...... And we've fallen for it.

    June 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sanford Admits More Encounters With Mistress
    Now Says There Were 7 Liaisons, Instead Of 4


    June 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Mike from Vancouver BC

    Why is it that people keep deflecting this as simply a personal issue? It was more than that and everyone knows it. If you want good governance you've got to enforce it.

    June 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    How many of you supported Bill Clinton when he cheated on his wife?
    Come on now, don't be shy. Let the rest of us hear what you said to defend Cigar Bill back in the day

    And how many times did Bill Clinton go around preaching morality and family values to everyone? Or abandon his duties to hop on a plane to Argentina? Got an answer? Come on now, don't be shy.

    June 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    What count is the majority view that is the people of South Carolina. Sanford should exit stage left and never return to politic after abandoning SC for pleasure to satisfy his ego.

    June 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Ed30041

    Maybe God want Sanford to resign and shut the door when he leaves.

    June 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Jesus showed anger only once in his entire earthly ministry. He even forgave those who killed him. But, in a violent rage, he referred to hypocrites as "vipers" (malicious, sneaky snakes).

    June 30, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Joe

    Consider the fact that many politicians are Narcissists and therefore have huge apparent egos. When they get caught, it's not their fault! I think the Govenor needs therapy. Unfortunately, Narcissim is rarely cured.

    June 30, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    because he cheated on his wife to me is not the issue, in fact that's a personal private family matter..it's that he left the country, didn't tell anybody, lied about it, and at one time used tax payers money to do it. Those of you who want to bring up President Clinton to me are just like kids who say to their parents, "well Billy did it, too!" But the funniest thing the right has done to me on this matter was when Limbaugh blamed President Obama for it. And they still wonder why the GOP is at 33% approval rating and maybe LESS afte this.

    June 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. sms29s

    Richard L. The reason Democrats think Sanford should resign is that he ABANDONED his duties and used taxpayers' money to do so.. The reason Democrats are laughing about his infidelity is because he was so specific about Clinton. The two are completely separate.

    June 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. the southern progressive

    act now.. we must ban adulterers from re-marrying to protect the sanctity of marriage. they obviously do not hold the vows of marriage sacred and therefore should not reap the benefits of government recognized marriage.

    i am sure all would agree.. especially those who are trying to protect the sanctity of marriage.. aka, the anti-gay marriage crowd.

    south carolina sucks!

    June 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Lauren from Tallahassee, FL

    I believe Gov. Sanford should resign.

    What he did is more than just committed adultery, but he actually left the state of South Carolina without a governor in the country and lied about where he was to his own cabinet.

    June 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    Don't judge a state by their Governor, Sorry but that is a wack position to take. How can you say your Gov. does not rep you when he is the Rep in Chief of the state. That type of thinking is why you have the situation you have. You don't even know that the Gov is the Rep in Chief. People talk about SC being backwards, why is that?

    June 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Melissa

    Jonathan, Clinton didn't sneak out of the country on his destitute states dime to have an affair. Sanford did while proclaiming that he was morally superior to everyone because he's a hardcore Christian and so proving he's a hypocrit. You cannot compare the two no matter how much you desperate Republicans want to pretend you can.

    June 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. I. A. Frank

    Further proof that neanderthals are not extinct. They all moved from Europe to South Carolina.

    June 30, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Rock

    He should stay in office. There is no reason for him to leave office. But he does not deserve his good wife and so all this grief he is getting is a small payback for his moronic behavior.

    June 30, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. MartyinLA

    Does it bother anyone that as governor, this guy left his state and no one knew where he was? That is even more of a problem for me than his affair, even though he played the moral card to get where he is.

    June 30, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Oh GIve Me A Break

    Of course he should. LOL! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah right! He cared more about the jump-off in South America than he did about his state, his wife and his kids. Sure he should stay. He fits the mold so perfectly.

    June 30, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Jeesh Louise

    On what planet? Oh, the I can leave my wife and kids and fly to Argentina on the government's dime to have an affair with my mistress planet. That one?

    This is crazy, the man should be packing now.

    June 30, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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