July 2nd, 2009
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Sanford resists calls for resignation

(CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford's office responded Thursday to a chorus of calls for his resignation from fellow Republicans, and rumors that he was weighing the idea. Full statement:

The governor has no plans to step aside, temporarily or otherwise. He remains committed and determined to repair the damage he has done in his marriage and to building back the trust of the people of South Carolina.

He will be spending the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with his family, leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend. The Sanfords also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July.

He's spending most of the today at the Mansion, continuing to touch base with state officials, family, friends and supporters.

Sanford's statement comes as the South Carolina attorney general made a public call for the full release of the governor's travel records:

Statement by Attorney General Henry McMaster

"Maintaining public trust, complete transparency and full public disclosure is vitally important. I have called on Governor Sanford to publically release all travel records to the media and public as promised."

The Sanford team's response: "We will release the records after SLED announces its findings," they told CNN.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The peer pressure is mounting and it's coming from his own party.

    July 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    What a sad state journalism is in when it attempts to hide the important news of the world with tabloid items.

    CNN... you already have Jeannie Moos doing the lighter side of the news. This endless Sanford drama does not belong here.

    July 2, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. JA/TN

    most arrogant self righteous, self serving policticans do the same, are we surprised, any other state employee would be dismissed for smaller infraction, how do you steal and give it back, or a neglect your oath to office by going awol, i say impeach

    July 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Mick

    "Please don't fire me! I've got nowhere left to go."

    What a pathetic loser. Although Sanford being a typical Repiglican right-wing hypocrite, calling him a pathetic loser is redundant.

    July 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. carlos

    maria belen wil be arriving in florida thursday july 3..........any coincidence????.......she is also planning a longer vacation toward the end of july.......double whammy......hehehehehe

    July 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Coline

    The man appears to be suffering from severe depression. I would like to see him get some help when he steps down for health reasons. The media is using him for entertainment and they are the sad ones.

    July 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Ignore it all

    Sanford should stay put. Guys like Bennett in this rocking chair should go away.

    He will not be impeached. He has done nothing illegal. He should stay put and igore all the idiots around him

    July 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. carlos

    sorry Fox News gave the wrong date: friday july 3rd.........

    July 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Bill/CA

    At first I was of the opinion that he shouldn't resign, because he fessed up like a man, and did a good job at it. But now, considering there was improper use of state tax dollars and dereliction of duty, I think he should. He's not only embarrassed himself and his family by trying to justify this as a "love story" (his words), but he also abused his power in the process and as such, should man up and step down.

    July 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Emma

    It looks like Bill Bennet is one of the conservatives who wants to project the image of the Republican Party as paragons of virtue by calling for Sanford to resign. Who do they think they are kidding? If Sanford is coerced to resign because of an extramarital affair, what should be done about Sen. Ensign?

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. The Other Michael in Houston

    mytwo cents on this is, look folks. eberyone makes mistakes. Every human has some form of hypocrise in them. A questions for you die hard core liberals, do you think that all of your leaders are righteous? If you do, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I will sell you. A statement to you die conservatives, when are you going to learn that you are no closer to God then the rest of us. Your party has run on the holy than thou platform due to your party has been hijacked by the religous nutcases. So all your candidates have to run on God and family values. You smart Republicans need to take back your party. And please stop putting these politicians on a pedestal Dems and Repubs. Their are idiots running our country as well as idiots living in our country. Furthermore, if the guy wants to right his wrongs, what is wrong with that? Like none of you ever made a mistake that you have not regretted! Wow some of you are certifiable morons, DEMS and REPUBS

    July 2, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Philip Grant

    Governor Sanford's behavior has not only been unprofessional but, as a man I can say that I find that way he has publicly embaressed his wife and children has be unbelieveable. He really needs to get out of office and seek help.

    July 2, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Ken

    Good. Keep him in office for all to see and remember.....that this is the kind of hypocritic, delusional FAILURE that the slack-jawed neo-nitwits elect to office. And, as you can see by their posts on here, they are actually proud of it.

    Sanford isn't the problem, Bush wasn't the problem - the real problem is all the vacuous rightwingers that elect this type of pathetic failure-in-the-making to office.

    July 2, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. JF

    Fortunately the Governor of South Carolina doesn't have much power like a lot of southern Governors. I hope the Governor serves out his term if only to give the people of South Carolina a daily lesson in the consequences of believing in politicians who pray in public like the Pharisee of old. Perhaps, the voters will choose a solid non-Bible basher next time. Give me a good honest atheist any day over one of these teachy-preachy types that inevitably show themselves capable of the lowest behavior. After all, anyone who would use Jesus to get a vote probably doesn't have too many scruples.

    July 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Jo

    Sanford please resign and save your marriage or just divorce Jenny and go to your mistress.

    July 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Melissa

    Sanford needs to go. He needs to be fired. We are tired of Republican hypocrisy.

    July 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Repuglicans act Holier than Thou

    This is a disgusting "piling on" when it comes to Sanford. Political hacks are trashing him instead of dealing with the state's problems. It is an easy cop-out to just blame Sanford for all the problems, when all Sanford did was make the mistake of falling in love. These political attacks on Sanford by his fellow Repugs are hurting the GOP, bringing attention to the hypocrisy of the GOP.

    July 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Nathan

    Which part of "the people don't want you" does the Governor fail to understan. You can not build the trust of people who don't believe in you. What an idiot. Further, this shows it is not the interests of the people of South Carolina the governor is concerned with. This is all about "self" make no mistake.

    July 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. marie, nyc

    Since there was not misuse of public funds, Governor Sanford should remain in office unless he decides he isn't up the the duties. Marriage is a personal issue, not public.

    July 2, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Teacher in SC

    No, he should not resign. He's fully capable of leading this state. His personal life is a separate issue and none of our business. That he is continuing to talk about the personal matter in the way he is just shows me how isolated this man has been. It's obvious he hasn't had anyone to talk with in a long time (self-righteous, religious zealots don't count as real friends or the "best friend" many of us find in our spouses.) He doesn't need professional help; he needs a friend he can count on. That should have been his wife all along. It obviously wasn't. Jenny, where were you when Mark needed you emotionally? You've probably done everything else "right", but his need to talk now truly condemns you for not being there to listen long ago.

    July 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Betsy Giuntoli

    I live in South Carolina and it is my opinion that Gov. Sanford should resign. If you can cheat on your family who know what else you will cheat on. Something new seems to be released every day. How can he say he will try to fall in love with his wife again. I do not think that is the way love happens.

    July 2, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Dana

    How can this politician ask for privacy when he is the one providing these over-the-top details? I am embarrassed for his wife because this man sounds like a love sick adolescent and she is NOT the object of his affection. He needs to go away, quietly, and sort out his "feelings".

    July 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Pragmatic

    "The Sanford team's response: "We will release the records after SLED announces its findings," they told CNN. .." which just goes to show he's as crazy as a peach orchard sow ....

    Report first – bases on what? then release the information? You couldn't make this stuff up!

    July 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Once You Vote Black

    If Jenny was not living up to her end of the bargan in the marrage, or is she is still running around with that Gump fella, then perhaps we are being to harsh on Sanford.

    July 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Liberal4Obama

    What a joke the GOP is. They think the public is gonna fall for their childish scheme to keep Mark Sanford in office. Well I remember it took them a while to realize Mark Foley was a liability to their cause. All I can say is by keeping Mark Sanford in office they will no longer be able to claim they are the party of "moral values" cause the people that COVER UP for Mark Sanford are definitely WORST than him.

    July 2, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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