July 1st, 2009
09:45 AM ET
12 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. KJL

    Dereliction of duty is inexcusable. If he wants to be a self-righteous hypocrite, the least he could have done was find a local girlfriend.

    July 1, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Neilz

    Hey! This is the best candidate for 2012 the Party has. A resignation will hurt his chances more than his peccadilloes. He's got The Family at Ivanwald behind him. That means major corporate support. Stay the course, Mark. Don't back down. Dump Jenny. Marry Maria. Write a book. (The Lobes of Love) And by this time next year nobody will care who you did the Appalachian Trail with. Then the campaign can get underway. Just make sure to let Rush know what's going on.

    July 1, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. harold

    This republican governor does more for his WOMEN.. than he does for his state... Just like the rest of the republican party...Just me.. forget about the millions without health insurance.....some party huh?

    July 1, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Party Crasher

    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."

    I thought that the more women that you knotch into your belt ment that you were functioning more as a man than the men that only had one knotch in their belts. I guess I have been wrong all this time.

    July 1, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Champly

    This is very similar to the situation with Obama. Obama promoised no tax increases for 95% of all Americans. But it didn't happen. Because of the inflationary pressure wrought by his irresponsible behavior our incomes will be reduced by half within 18 to 24 months.

    Just as with George H. W. Bush, Obama will be removed from office in the next election because he lied to the American people about taxes. Among other things.

    July 1, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Melissa

    Good. But I doubt it will happen.

    July 1, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Doc

    From a guy who looked like a solid, true to his word and a solid conservative to a poor excuse for a Harlequin novel wanna-be...wow!
    This WAS a 2012 contender......

    July 1, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Once again... it's just politics. The powers that be in SC are not pushing for his resignation, even though they have sufficient grounds, because of the perceived "unfair advantage" that his successor would have (Bauer) in the 2010 gubernatorial elections. So forget their concern over appearances, and lack of confidence in him. It is just political posturing for the upcoming election. Period. Read between the lines people.

    July 1, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Old Farmboy

    I think it's in the best interest for everyone if the man steps down. It's not as big an issue of what he did, but how he did it. If it's proven that he used South Carolina tax dollars to make these trips that's just gas on the fire for criminal prosecution. It's not a party issue to me being how as I'm a republican. It's an issue of what is right and what is wrong. It's wrong that he turned his back on his family, but it's criminal if he used the states money to do it.

    July 1, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. SLM

    Get over it already!! He's a cheater, like many other Democrats and Republicans alike. Clinton didn't resign! Everyone wants his head because he is Republican. Edwards is still the biggest slime ball cheat ever..........sports that holier than thou attitude, cheats on his wife and fathers a baby only to lie, lie and lie some more. The voters will take care of his career. Sanfords problem is he doesn't shut up, keeps on giving details we didn't ask for and don't really care about.

    July 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Ron In California

    Sanford need to stop talking....everytime he opens his mouth he put BOTH feet in. What is sad and interesting is ALL politicians are doing the same stuff....the GOP seems to get caught...reason they are not a devious as the Dems.

    July 1, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. kishen c.rao

    I do not know why it takes more time for moderation....but yes, sanford should resign...it is no doubt....at at the same time, it is GOP drama to say so too.....

    July 1, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Democrats could learn a thing or two from this..... Republicans tend to recognize malfeasance in their own party. Dems generally do not. (Exception: Blago) Why people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Harry Reed, Nancy Pelosi, and William Jefferson are still around is beyond any rational person's comprehension.

    July 1, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Terry from West Texas

    I don't think Gov. Sanford should resign until the next GOP morality scandal has been uncovered. I like for one GOP scandal after another to saturate the news. Conservatives need to learn that they have been made fools of by the con artists in thousand dollar suits that they have been voting for since 1980. The swindlers that have been elected by Republicans do not believe in smaller government, lower taxes, a heterosexual-only marriage amendment, a flag burning amendment, fiscal responsibility, and family values. That's just what they tell the suckers (you and me).

    What they believe in is greater wealth and power for themselves. They believe that government should protect them and their corporate donors while keeping middle and lower class wages low. They don't give a crap about your life, your family, your values, or anything else about you – except your vote. Other than that, they regard you much as a dairy farmer regards his herd.

    July 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Real Change

    And probably half of these hypocrits are having afairs just like Sanford was when he was calling for Clinton's ouster.

    See here's the difference between the two parties on this.

    Infidelity = Bipartisan
    Hypocrosy = GOP

    July 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Paul I

    He should stay in office. He'll be totally ineffective as a governor, but the entertainment value will be off the charts. Maybe he can get a reality TV show to help repay the SC taxpayers. And the movie rights to his story of finding his soul mate but trying to fall in love again with his wife are bound to be very lucrative.

    July 1, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. rhoward

    Obviously, Gov. Sanford has never heard the saying "silence is golden". How else to explain his need to rub his wife's nose in all the sordid details he is now disclosing in public. Does he really think that this makes matters better? Mrs. Sanford would have to have pretty low self esteem to think she can work things out now since the Gov. has made it clear he is not in love with her and she would always be second best. Kick him to the curb, girl, and go on with your life. He isn't worth the embarrassment.

    After the way his first term went, I never understood why Sanford was reelected. His party held the majority in both the state senate and house of representatives and he still couldn't get his agenda passed due to his inability to compromise. It was always his way or the highway. Remind you of someone else?

    Thanks to leaders like Gov. Sanford and others of his ilk, I guess South Carolina will always be destined to be a laughingstock as long as people look for the (R) or (D) after candidates' names instead of looking beyond that to pick the person best suited for the job. It's too bad because this state is a great place to live and I couldn't see myself living anywhere else.

    July 1, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Hi

    You can stop now...He is no longer a threat to the Democrats...CNN has served it's master well and will be rewarded.

    July 1, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Jefe

    heh, he says he didn't "cross the ultimate line" (besides with Chapur). What about the Ultimate Line of being unfaithful to your wife? Politics aside, cheaters, especially married cheaters are among the lowest of the low in society.

    July 1, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Eric M

    The sooner he resigns, the sooner he gets out of the public eye, and the sooner he stops doing daily damage to the GOP.

    You had a chance at something great, Mark Sanford. But you flushed it....your career, your reputation, your conservative principles, and probably your marriage for completely selfish reasons. Then your office had the gall to lie about it to the American people.

    You didn't lie about it in sworn testimony, which still puts you a notch above Clinton, but you need to go. When you betray the trust of the people to this extent, you are no longer fit to govern.

    July 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. dan

    Did you hear this guy quoted the old testament to justify why he is staying in office?

    What a hypocrite. This is NOT what being a good Christian is about. I'm so disgusted with the Republican party right now. Yet another reason I'm voting Democrat these days

    July 1, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Lori reminds the GOP that Obama's ratings are still higher than 2 term idiot Bush's!!!

    Sanford like many other Republican so-called 'Christians' is a hypocrite. He uses taxpayers dollars to see a mistress who he now says 'he loves' but cries that President Obama is spending taxpayer dollars. HYPOCRITE! Our President is spending our money on what he's supposed to but this Republican liar is wasting American money on some MISTRESS! When President Obama spent his own money taking Michelle on a date, ALL Republicans cried foul. Where's the outrage from ALL Republicans now? Yet another reason so many laugh at the Republican party today. Try practicing what you preach, hypocrites!

    July 1, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Sam I Am

    Sanford's indescretions would normally be between he and his family. In this case, however, as he continually reveals more and more, one can only wonder what else he's not being truthful about. This quickly-spreading pattern of deceit jestures to the character of the man. In addition to his problems with his libido, Mr. Sanford has probably violated the law when he, as an active governor, disappeared and left the country and his protection details to visit a country that is full of people what would take great pleasure in kidnapping or killing an American politician. At the very least Sanford should leave office. At most, his activities should be reviewed for prosecution.

    July 1, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Anny

    Why do GOP politicians often use 'The BOTTOM LINE IS..' in their statements? I noticed a lot of these in Stanford speeches, now this one...

    July 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. 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 certaily 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 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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