July 6th, 2009
05:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford rejects call for resignation

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/06/art.sanfordcabinet0706.gi.jpg caption="Mark Sanford is resisting calls for his resignation."]COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - After spending the holiday weekend with his family in Florida, Mark Sanford is apparently intent on fighting off calls for his resignation and staying in office, according to one South Carolina Republican who spoke with the governor on Monday.

Richard Yow, a member of the South Carolina Republican Party executive committee from Chesterfield County, received a phone call from Sanford on Monday afternoon. Yow said he spoke to the embattled governor for ten minutes, during which Sanford asked Yow for his forgiveness.

Yow said he told Sanford he could forgive him, but he told the governor that he should resign for the sake of the state and his family. Sanford, he said, rejected the idea.

"He said resigning would be the easy way out," Yow told CNN.

"He told me just like he told everybody else, that he didn't think resigning was the thing was to do," Yow said. "He did a lot of listening, and saying a lot of, 'I know you how you feel.' He hated that he has caused so much trouble for his family and friends and the state. I told him, it's not just trouble, it's a tragedy."

Sanford said he had a productive weekend with his family in Florida, according to Yow, and that he was working to earn their forgiveness.

"He said he was trying and he was working hard at it," Yow said. "He said they had a good time together."

Yow is one of several South Carolina Republican Party members who will be dialing into conference call Monday night to discuss how to formally respond to the ongoing Sanford saga. He said he plans to introduce a resolution calling on the governor to resign.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. zhane

    Once again the man should just get out and let us move on that would be best

    July 6, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. PA

    You go Gov! Who doesn't cheat anyway?

    July 6, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. bentherebefore

    How many people in this country, in your own community do you know that have had an affair? Too many to count on one hand HUH? Thats right.. He is not the first and he will not be the last man, human, politian that we will hear of doing this! Why didn't anyone impeach Clinton? What about the disgrace he was to our country.. his wife...his family?? What about our countrys beloved Kennedy's? What business is this to any of you? Why does this mans personal life bother any of you? Because it is not you getting it? This is between him and his wife! Leave them alone.

    What kind of job was he doing before you found out about this? If he was great before... he will still be great. This just shows he is human!

    July 6, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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