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. Sniffit

    "So the Pretender and chief snubbed the National Day of Prayer, but honors these deviates? Makes one wonder about all this alleged Christian faith stuff he espouses. Well at least they have a legit birth certificate right?"

    Who lets these people near a computer? Seriously...they're a danger to themselves and others and would be better served by extensive therapy.

    June 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Richard L

    Summary: keep Mark Sanford because the other Republican is even worse.

    June 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. chuck

    Gov Sanford should resign! Not because of his affair, because that is his private personal matter but because he bailed on his job for a week and no one knew where he was. If you or I did that to the job we currently work, we would have been fired, assumingour employer didnt replace us because or absence indicates that we have quit the position that we were working.
    Replace him just like anyother employee! Why should he recieve special treatment because he is a govenor???????

    June 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Happy

    The idiot lied to everyone and left his post unattended for five days when no one knew where he was. He did this because he was having an affair with a woman in South America.

    This is the kind of responsible leadership that South Carolina needs?

    Who are they kidding. (And way cool for Sanford to suggest that God intends for him to stay in office. What a pious man he is. But since God is so chatty with him, why didn't God tell him to stay home in the first place?)

    June 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Leetinkie

    Typical seasoned politician .... "i am sorry, BUT, I will not resign"

    "I have been speaking with my maker and he directs that I continue working for my well being and serving my constituents".

    All are the same, liers, cheats, fat and happy disgusting politicians!!!

    "I have been forgiven, now YOU forgive ME"

    WHAT A CROCK!!!!

    June 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Cheryl F.

    Odd isn't it, how a republican can commit all kinds of adultery, misuse of government funds, and lying to his constituents and they actually want to keep him in office.

    I'm having a hard time squaring that with the year-long obscene expense and constant berating and screaming they put this country through as they tried to crucify and impeach President Clinton for virtually the same sin.

    Where is the uproar from those bigoted, two-faced, corruption-ridden neoCONS now?

    June 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    So far two papers have called for his resignation and two haven't. I'm more concerned with what the elected officials have to say. From what I've heard from them, they want him gone.

    June 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Tomas E

    So it is ok for someone to walk off the job? Can all you who support this action of Gov Sanford, please force all employers to allow their employees to do the same thing?

    June 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Denine

    The lesson to be learned here is not, "Don't cheat.", although that is a good one. The lesson is, "Pride goes before a fall." In other words, maybe had he kept his mouth shut regarding other philanderers, he wouldn't have found himself in the same boat. What was that thing my mom told me as a kid? Oh yeah – "When you are pointing one finger at someone else, the rest of your hand is pointing back at you." Words to live by.

    June 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Further proof that the South is nothing but a bunch of inbred racists. We should have let them leave. Think of all the morons we wouldn't have had to deal with: Bush, Reagan, Nixon, Patton."

    I bet it's nice trying to put words in my mouth...but those who frequent this site know I'd never say that. You tip your hand by showing fear.

    June 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. sammieb51

    These people are gonna get exactly what they deserve ..... he abandoned his post, not a good move for a state in hurricane country.

    June 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Patilla

    Besides the breach of marital vows, this cretin used government (taxpayer) money to pay for his trysts. How can anyone endorse him as being a responsible leader? HE also has some nerve excusing his errant and criminal ways. What a disgusting piece of work jamming up the system. Get rid of him. He'll write a book and be just fine.

    June 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Robert

    "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."

    That's the problem. He thinks it's all about him. Can't think of anyone else.

    June 30, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |

    Some people can do no wrong even when they show you how untrust-
    worthy they are. Republican's are hypocrites,love to wrag on black
    men and how many babies they have. But these scummy republican's are no better,I think Adultrey is the word,and most of them have committed this act. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR A REPUBLICAN

    June 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Angie in PA

    Its not about his affair who cares he cheated hes human. Its about him taking off as Gov not telling anyone and forgetting about his Responsibilites as Gov he should Resign for that!

    June 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. WILLIAM, from Cali!

    It should be left, rightfully; to the people of South Carolina to decide! not, Special-interest groups!

    June 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Diane Panama City Fl

    Sanford should be impeached – period! He broke SC law by committing adultry and he committed dereliction of duty by going AWOL to see his mistress. If the SC Legislature, dominated by the neocon conservative christian wing of the GOP, doesn't move to impeach him, then they are nothing more than what I've suspected about the base of the GOP all along – they are sniveling hypocrites who wrap themselves in the Bible as a means of disguising their arrogance, cruelty, mysogyny and racism.

    June 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. brimamassie

    Republicans are hypocrits....they preach about morality and do the same things they preach against.

    June 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Linda

    Who can trust a lier? Lies to his family, to the state and state employees under him. If some state emergency had come up whom would have known how to contact him or whom would have made the decisions for which he is held responsible and for which many consider him accountable?

    June 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. frank

    Personally I don't care what this guy does in his private life. That being said, anyone (D or R) who is in a position to influence the spending of large amounts of public funds and conducts himself in private (everyone assumes they will not be found out) in a fashion that makes him (or her) vulnerable to blackmail (and don't you think he would have done just about anything to keep this quiet) is using judgement of the poorest kind and should not be entrusted with public office.

    June 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. thanks, but no thanks

    That is why South Caroline ranks almost dead last in education. Where are all the conservatives criticizing our President for taking his wife for a night out in New York, and somehow traveling all the way to Argentina with mistress is acceptable.

    June 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    I am so tired of these hypocrites claiming they come in the name of "God". Having been involved with people of their "ilk" has been cause for me to question my own faith. What I have found in my travels amongst them is phony self righteousness, while they will always sacrifice others and any real principles in the name of their "greater good" while justifying deceitful, dishonest, self serving actions.

    The funny thing is they think their "chosen." Chosen by what? They do not reflect the God they claim to follow.

    Haven't we been through enough of this crap with George W Bush? It is time for separation of church and state to be practiced in this country before they destroy us with their sick, self serving beliefs.

    June 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Son of Strom

    My favorite Bible verse: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men ... But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." –Matthew 6:6
    Do you get it Mark? At least give us a few days between you breaking the commandments and lecturing on how important your faith is. Sanford is a complete phony, a disaster as governor, and obviously delusional and mentally unstable. If he had a shred of dignity he would have already resigned.

    June 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Troy

    Why is it that pub;lic people have to quit their jobs when things like this happen, but regular citizens maintain their employment? Life is life no matter who you are.

    June 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Ricardo

    If you cheat on your wife you'll probably cheat on the voters in your state. Then again, perhaps Gov. Sanford can join the list of Born Again Vestal Virgins.

    June 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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