July 6th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Sanford returns to SC as Republicans mull his fate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/26/art.sanford3.cnn.jpg caption="State GOP leaders are weighing their formal response to the ongoing Sanford saga."]COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Members of the South Carolina Republican Party will hold a conference call Monday night to discuss how to formally respond to the ongoing Mark Sanford saga.

The state party's executive committee will confer on how to proceed now that the governor has returned to South Carolina following a weekend visit with his family in Florida. Party members could decide to ask for the governor's resignation, or they could settle on the lesser penalty of censuring him for his behavior. They could also choose to do nothing, depending on how the call goes.

The state party chairwoman, Karen Floyd, released two statements last week suggesting that Sanford needs to step down. But despite last week's chorus of Republicans calling for Sanford's resignation, the governor offered no signs that he intends to leave office.

Many Republicans in South Carolina - believing that Jenny Sanford holds the cards to the governor's fate - are waiting to see what facts emerge from the family meeting in Florida before making any public comment.

In a statement late last week, Jenny Sanford called her husband's behavior "inexcusable" but added: "I am willing to forgive Mark for his actions."

Sanford is scheduled to attend a briefing in Charleston with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a friend of Sanford's. But the governor's office said Sanford will not attend a press conference after the briefing.

The governor and his family returned to South Carolina on Sunday after spending the holiday weekend together in Florida. Sanford's office would not say if the governor and his family are together or in separate locations.

Sanford opponents have also scheduled a "Resign or Impeach" rally on the state house grounds in Columbia later this week. The event - which planners say is non-partisan - is being organized using Facebook.

"We have heard from the governor and have heard from politicians and pundits, but no one has heard from the people," said Marilyn Hemingway, a Democrat from Seneca who is spearheading the effort.

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  1. G NO P

    Elly July 6th, 2009 11:07 am ET

    why should he resign? Clinton carried on affairs for years and he nevere resogned

    Um, Elly, who was one of the most outspoken critics of Clinton? (hint-Sanford) Who insisted that Clinton step down as he could no longer be an effective leader ? (hint-Sanford) . Who is a member of the self righteous "family values" party (hint-Sanford).
    He needs to practice what he preaches

    July 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    If Republicans want to have any credibility on the family values issue, they have no choice but to call for Sanford's resignation.

    July 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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