July 1st, 2009
07:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Sanford ally: Governor remains 'defiant'

Sanford has brushed aside calls for his resignation.

Sanford has brushed aside calls for his resignation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford remains "defiant" in the face of calls for him to resign in the wake of his admission last week that he engaged in an extramarital affair, a close Sanford ally tells CNN.

The source, a South Carolina Republican, said Sanford showed no signs Wednesday of stepping down even as support for from longtime backers begins to slip. The GOP source, who has known the governor for decades and spoke freely about the situation on the condition of anonymity, said there are concerns among Sanford allies about his ability to lead the state, given the recent public comments about his wife and mistress.

The source said he hopes that Sanford will leave office on his own, but suggested the governor could go down fighting.

"Honestly, I think he could go down in the ugliest, messiest way," said the source, who added that he would be "shocked if [the governor] quit, because it doesn't fit his profile."

The source pointed to the governor's history of going it alone against his own party in Washington as a congressman and during his time as governor, most recently over the federal stimulus money fight.

"He has always been a guy who has stuck with what he believes in, even if everyone else is against him," the source said.

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. KJL

    He's starting to sound like one of those nutcases who think god talks to them.

    July 1, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Joanna in PA

    I really do not see why he should step don. This is a private matter for which we have no business exploring.

    July 1, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    I've come to like Sanford. I am enjoying seeing one Conservative family-values leader after another be skinned to death in public by his own constituency. It is good for Conservatives to see the guys they have been electing for what they are. They are con-artists in thousand dollar suits who have learned to shout "God Bless America" at the end of every speech to being their audiences to standing ovations.

    It does not bother me that this guy's love life is a bit adventurous. Many men have made fools of themselves over women, and I am one of them, so I am filled with compassion for his predicament. However, he is a Conservative, which means that he is oppose to any proposal that would raise middle class wages, provide the middle class with health benefits, and help lower class workers move up to the middle class. He is opposed to every effort to solve the nation's problems. He supports only those proposals which would result in more power for Conservative leaders and more wealth for the global corporations that fund them.

    July 1, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Turnabout is Fair Play

    All I gotta say is, don't even bother attempting to jump ship and coming over to the winning side (Dems) because we don't want filthy corruption like you infecting our party. Dems have had their problems but not like you Republicans. Stay a Republican and hurt your party more as they so rightly deserve.

    July 1, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Tell the truth

    Mark Sanford I do not care about the affair between you and your God. I would like to say you should step down on the statements you made a Bill Clintion. It only fair people should live by what they belive in.

    July 1, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. DL

    Typical GOP, all they care about is holding on to their power...could care less about what the best interests of the country are.

    July 1, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. ryan

    possible book titles:

    1 Not quiet at the south front.

    2 Sanford & some ..

    3 A trail too far.

    4 One flew over buenos aires.

    5 A governor named desire .

    6 Scent of an Argentinian.

    July 1, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. Alpha and Omega

    The tragedy of this fiasco: he did it to himself. His soulmate must have given him truth serum. He has sunk his own ship.

    Besides, glass house dwellers are prone to think they are above the law. Sad. Go find a cool cave and cool off. You have had you day in the hay; at play; now you want to work for my pay? No way!

    Don't be a red herring prick! Slide down that slippery slope to Sullivan Island and find your boys. Explain what makes "cork skrew" such as yourself. Make sure they understand that you wanted to play the games adults with low self esteem and inhibitions engage in prior to 60 years.
    You are a worthless fart!

    July 1, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-Reagan Republican

    Republicans continue to show us their MORAL HIGH GROUND!

    July 1, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. Luke Brown

    Sanford is laughing stock ... and if the Republicans in the Legislature don't get him out, they will be toast in 2010. The Democrats would like nothing better than to hang this loser around the necks of the Republicans.

    They all thought Clinton should be impeached because he lied about having sex with Lewinsky. Sanford has done a whole lot worse and charged the taxpayers to boot ... and the Republicans are doing nothing.

    The Attorney General tried to avoid "investigating" Sanford until the public outcry was overwhelming. I plan to vote in the GOP primary in SC in 2010 and I will NOT be voting for McMaster.

    July 1, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. T.T.L.

    "He has always been a guy who has stuck with what he believes in, even if everyone else is against him."

    So did the apostle Paul before he'd seen the light. Resign and be redeemed for the future.

    T.T.L. = To the least of these. Those who know, know.

    July 1, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. daunt

    I also once had a true love soul mate,but my wife ended all of that.

    July 1, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  13. Amir Malik


    -Amir Malik

    July 1, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Blueskys

    You thrive in removing the truth on here CNN so keep covering the Rebutticans AS YOU ALWAYS DO by removing what you dont want published . Sanford is a scum bag

    July 1, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. ThinkAboutIt

    This man's ego has no limits!

    July 1, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. athomasr

    We are not buying it, he is just another republican showing his true colors. Call out everybody else on their adulteress ways then convince himself this is different because god tells him so.

    July 1, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. ThinkAboutIt

    Here's a thought: Why don't we proclaim next Monday as "Be Like Mark Sanford Day". Without telling anyone what we were doing or where we were going or how long we'll be gone, we could all use our employer's money to skip off to another country for a few days to play footsie with the local cuties.

    And then when we come back, say we're sorry, recite a couple Bible verses and expect to keep our jobs. When our co-workers and employer gets upset and tries to fire us, get all defiant and stick with what we believe in, namely, we're somehow above all this petty accountability nonsense.

    Yeah, that'll fly ...

    July 1, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Ciera

    If Sanford is the shrewd, cold-hearted, calculating bastard he appears to be, then he just may be intentionally digging a hole for himself all the way back to Argentina.

    Funny how the mistress talks about the pain all the publicity has cause her and her sons while their tawdry affair has been in blatant disregard for the feelings of Jenny Sanford and her sons.

    July 1, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. DJ, Los Angeles

    What a soap opera this guy is... he crossed the line but didn't cheat with the "other" women? Is that a lie too?

    July 1, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. renea

    Sounds like to me he is still in love with his mistress, so i feel he should resign because he cannot do effective job as governor as long as he stays in office. He should just try being a good father to his kids, not that he is not but he just need to focus on being a good father.

    July 2, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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