July 19th, 2009
04:51 PM ET
13 years ago

Chair of S.C. Dems responds to Sanford's Op-ed

Carol Fowler, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, issued the following statement about the Gov. Mark Sanford's Op-ed:

"Mark Sanford's vague apology in Sunday's papers is fine as far as it goes, but he doesn't say what he's apologizing for. Turning his back on the people of SC? Abandoning his family? Dumping his responsibilities for weeks? Or 6 1/2 years of ignoring our public schools and the children in them? When my children were small and had to say they were sorry I always made them specify what the apology was for, to be sure they knew. Does Governor Sanford know?"

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Mark Leach

    I live in South Carolina and have always been appalled at many of the politicians elected here, including Sanford. Please understand the gullibility of the massive number of uneducated in this area who actually believe what people like Sanford tell them, but he does not represent the entire state. The problem now is, however, that if Sanford resigns, Andre Bauer, one of the biggest but most serious hypocritical jokes in American politics, will become governor. Talk about being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea . . .

    July 19, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Carl Justus

    If those in the state legislature had any backbone or sense they would impeach Sanford, but not remove him from office for we have a Lt. governor that is worthless. He is a undisciplined teenager in a grown man's body. He was clocked going 101 miles an hour down Interstate 26 to Columbia and the officer would not give him a ticket and the man in charge of the state highway patrol did not make the officer issue a ticket. Both the officer and the man in charge of the state highway patrol should be fired for dereliction of duty.

    The Lt. governor is incapable of governing the state, he is incapable of upholding the laws of the state. The governor of South Carolina does not have any power anyway, the legislature has kept all the power they delegate to commissions that do nothing but spend the our taxpayers money and they and the republican papers grumble about how the federal tax dollars are wasted, but the federal government can not hold a candle to South Carolina.

    July 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. chicago4obama

    Maybe this wonderful father was apologizing to his son's, for being out of the country with his mistress on Father's Day.

    July 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Buddy Gilmour

    Sanford needs to check himself into some type of rehab, take a temporary leave of absence, and go into seclusion, he's a complete mess. Does he have any advisors? Can't someone tell him to keep a low profile? His goal now is to finish his term with some shred of decency and dignity, because he's finished in politics, in fact its hard to imagine him being able to find work after the way he's carried on. Its embarrassing!

    July 19, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Larry

    A very typical Republican apology ...

    Only spoken to try to save his job ...

    The Party Of NO ... real remorse regarding anything

    July 19, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Alton Simmonds

    While the govornor is still trying to apologizes for his wrong doing of having an affair, the state of South Carolina needs leadership that the people can trust. The Lt. Gov need to step up and start mending the fence because the economy and the education system of S.C. needs some serious attention. Gov. Sanford should be ashamed of himself and quit apologizing to the people and do something about repairing his credability of family values with his wife and children. Let the Lt. Gov run the show for a while. Now he can take a page from President Clinton and learn a lesson from President Obama.

    July 19, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Chris W. – are you for real? This is a joke, right? You do know that the planes will take off and the flight attendants will be working, whether Sanford is on or not, heading off to cheat on his wife and tear apart his family, right? And you do realize he left his job thereby leaving the good people of SC in a lurch, for 5 days, originally planning on 10!!!? If you're not joking please get a grip, and take that mascara off!

    July 19, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Jimmy Ross

    I am a Democrat, and I believe that Sanford has sinned as all of us do in one way or another. It may seem easy for some to carry a self righteous banner at this time, but my words would be: be careful. Our prayers should be for the family....forgiveness, healing, trust restored, etc.

    As far as Sanford's efforts to hold on to his governor's seat, I believe he should resign to truly invest that time in rebuilding his family.

    July 19, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Amanda

    Sanford stinks ! Period.

    July 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. kieran

    Re: South Carolina schools being last. It seems that the national Republican mantra of 'no money for public schools', makes sense now.

    Keep them ignorant so that they'll vote Republican.

    July 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. E

    FIrst of all, God has better things to do than worry about this guy and turning him into a decent human being. It is appalling that he blames anyone or puts the responsibility of him acting like a moral non-hypocrit onto anyone or anything other than himself.
    God is not at fault, nor will (s)he fix it, he should resign, not because of the affair, but for all the reasons that he said that Clinton should have resigned.
    PS If there is one thing Republicans can NOT claim, it is family values/morals, these days they are breaking all their own rules, and holding noone accountable for their own actions. What a sad state of affairs for a party claiming that morality and personal responsibility are the most important things in the world...

    July 19, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. The Shrooming Liberal

    Hey Mark. You being a southern christian rebublican im sure you own plenty of guns to make you feel better about your tiny manhood. Take one of those guns, drive up to THE REAL App. Trail and blow your stupid brains out! That would be the honorable thing to do you disgusting excuse for a man!

    July 19, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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