July 1st, 2009
09:45 AM ET
13 years ago

More GOP leaders demand Sanford's resignation

COLUMBIA (CNN) - Seven more Republicans in the South Carolina Senate are calling on Mark Sanford to resign, including Majority Leader Harvey Peeler.

Late Tuesday, the senators jointly issued a press release demanding that the governor step down because he has lost the trust of South Carolinians.

"The bottom line is that the Governor's private matters should remain private, but his deception and negligence make it impossible for us to trust him, and for him to govern in the future," they wrote.

Peeler told CNN that Sanford "has lost his ability to lead, and I'm afraid he has lost his ability to function as a man."

"He is sitting all alone in that big governor's mansion, totally alone," Peeler said. "It's about leadership and moving forward and it's time for him to resign."

Peeler was joined GOP state senators Hugh Leatherman, Thomas Alexander, Paul Campbell, Jake Knotts, Larry Martin and William O'Dell.

Earlier Tuesday, two of Sanford's top conservative allies in the senate - Larry Grooms and Kevin Bryant - also said Sanford must go.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Bo Perdue

    It appears that the governor has lost his emotional compass: why would he publicize that his unfaithful mistress is his soul mate; that he is going to try to fall in love again with his wife? What??? Has the man completely lost his mind? Mrs Sanford should consider kicking his butt to the side of the road and let him go play with his soul mate. He certainly has lost his sense of propriety on many levels, including continuing to insult the wife he will 'try to fall in love with again'. There's no fix for the marriage now, and looks like his immature confusion has cost him the governorship, too

    July 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Hope

    get him out of there. he should have resign while he was still in Argentina

    July 1, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. mother and sister of a soldier

    How can they call for his resignation when he owned up to the truth unlike Bill Clinton who lied to Congress and the world or Ted Kennedy who literally got away with murder? Will the dems call for the resignation of all their adultrous politicans? I think not....there are too many on both sides!

    July 1, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Matt

    Finally, a bottom line that makes sense.

    July 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Bob in Pa

    I'm sure there must be some sort of clause in the law that would have turned over power to the Lt Gov. had Sanford not been able to be preside over an emergency.

    Much ado about nothing.

    July 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. pat c

    CNN.......sick of reading nothing but junk on sanford. why is politico .com coming up with real news as well as FOX now and all we get from CNN is the same old gossip that i am sooooo tired of reading about?. please don't let FOX continue to beat you in ratings. start reporting the news again.

    July 1, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Island girl

    ."I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate," he said (in one of his statements)

    Obviously the man was in a love quagmire. The more he fought to get out, the deeper he sank, and you can see the torment written all over his forlorn and weathered countenance. It could happen to anyone, but when you hold a high political office you need to have your wits about you and put aside selfish aspirations when emotionally entangled. There are many prestigious, well paying jobs in which you can remain INCOGNITO. If you feel you must serve people, then volunteer. Enough already!

    July 1, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. critical thinker

    His constituents lost confidence in him when he wouldn't take the stimulus money for his state. How obsurd for him to be so critical of others. I still believe what he does in his own home should not determine if he is capable of leading but this man is only thinking of himself. good riddance.

    July 1, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. concerned citizen

    The state of south carolina has been ran by two adolescents hight on testoterone for the last 7 years, one was running on the streets of the capital at speed of over 100 mph and the other has been covorting with wemen other than his wife. No wonder we have the second or third higest unemployment rate in the country and we rank almost to the bottom in education and job creation. It is time to have adults in position of leadership, the question is where do we find them?

    July 1, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Will 18E

    Why are the GOP asking for Sanford resignation?
    What are they waiting for, Why haven't they started impeachment hearings? Or called for a state's special prosecutor?

    July 1, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Joe in CA

    Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust, hey hey. Time to go Mark, you last 15 minutes of fame are dwindling very fast my friend. It's not the affair that's plaguing you, but it should since you and Ensign are such Hypocrites and Holier than thou, but it's plain and simple. JOB ABANDONDMENT. WE would never be able to NOT schedule time off, or call in sick for FIVE days without termination in our day-to-day jobs so why can you???? We are supposed to be a country "Where ALL men and women are created EQUAL". EQUAL in ALL respects. It doesn't state that politicians get special privileges, but it's apparent on both sides of the aisle YOU do. WHY??? You are NO BETTER than everyone else.

    July 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Robin

    It's not the fact he had an affair. It is the fact he left his state unannounced for 5 days.

    Affairs happen, as Democrats and Republicans alike can attest for the past 100 years. Some happened right in the Oval Office.

    At this point, Gov. Sanford is embarrassing my party, the Republican party. He needs to step down and re-group.

    July 1, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. the old sage

    can't wait until the limpbaughs of this party JUSTIFY this one. be careful what you say about others-how you have to vote for the sanfords of this world if you belong to that right wing party. or how about that georgia newt politician who is a crook–also judging sanford. can't wait for page 2.

    July 1, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Teo

    Sanford should resign for one reason only, to spare his children further humiliation. He is a lousy parent.

    July 1, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. smac

    Really what's the point of him resigning, he has 1yr left in office, and he cannot screw up SC any more than he had done in the past 7yrs. Let Sanford wallow in his pity (he's not upset that he got caught, he is upset because he cannot see his sweet thing anymore without the media hounding him). He has done his damage let's look to the future.

    July 1, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Mary

    Sanford demanded that Bill Clinton resign over the Monica affair. What Sanford has done is far worse as it includes dereliction of his duties as governor. He shou be fired.

    July 1, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Mike from Calgary

    Let him stay, keep this tawdry in the news and let the Republicans wallow! Sandford's conduct is more honourable than that of Coleman in Minnesota holding Minnesota hostage for 8 month!

    July 1, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. mikee says

    Please don't resign Sanford....you are one of the best things to happen to the Democrats. Please stay in office King David Sanford........we beg you! You are worth millions to the Dems.

    July 1, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Samuel

    Why didn't Bill Clinton resign? Why should Sanford resign?

    July 1, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. ace

    I have heard many statesmen say that his private business is his private business and that Sanford should only resign because of his negligence in disappearing from the state for 5 days. Why do these statesmen have a double standard when it comes to heterosexual adultery. One rumor that a serviceman or servicewoman is gay will ruin their careers in the military for good. These are a patriotic volunteers whose careers are gone for good simply because of a rumor. You wonder why gays are trying like hell to get an equal seat at the table and this glaring South Carolina injustice is part of your answer. I don't know how our elected officials sleep at night when they selectively ruin the lives of our fellow American citizens because of institutionalized discrimination that they ALL created along with the help of Bob Barr from Georgia and draft dodging Bill Clinton from Arkansas. Hypocrisy is only about 3 feet deep and the crap that we are wading in waist high at the moment with the governor of South Carolina should be called something else completely. I've got a name for it and it is offensive as hell.

    July 1, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. flybyshoeing

    Well, Mr. Peeler, Mark Sanford obviously CAN function as a man. You on the other hand should keep your opinions about his personal life to yourself. Mr. Sanford is having a difficult emotional time. He feels he is in love with someone other than his wife. It must be tearing him apart. My heart goes out to him on that point. He should go with his heart, make a decision and stick to it. Politics won't keep him happy and it sure isn't about money.

    July 1, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Gary SC

    He didn't lose his ability to lead, he never had it. 6 & 1/2 years and this state is falling apart.
    This man just spews stupidity.
    You need to go NOW Sanford. !!
    Everyone gets it but you.

    July 1, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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