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Should Gov. Sanford resign?

A Column by the Editor
web posted June 29, 2009
COLUMN – With the revelation by Governor Mark Sanford of infidelity on Wednesday, I took a little time to gather a few more facts, at least as we know them at this time, before commenting. Mark Sanford is a man I have admired since he was elected to the US Congress with the Republican “Contract with America” in 1994 and kept his promise to serve only one term. Over the past five years I have had many face-to-face conversations with Gov. Sanford about issues at the state level, some we agreed on, some we did not. I still admired him because he always stood on principle. And then he goes and does something stupid that shows a total lack of principles.

To say I am deeply disappointed in Gov. Sanford is an understatement at best. He has no one to blame but himself for losing the trust of so many people, those who knew him personally, and more importantly the people of the great State of South Carolina. He let us all down.

My first thought was he should resign, but I wanted to wait until I had a chance to collect my thoughts before a rush to judgment from an emotional decision. I try to make decisions using facts, logic, historical information, not “feelings”. After all, basing your decisions on what “feels” good is what got Gov. Sanford in this mess in the first place.

There are only 18 months left in his term, and granted his status as a lame duck governor may have become lamer, his core political ideology of lower taxes coupled with smaller government with more accountability remains in tact.

Gov. Sanford should have to repay any public funds used, even if he was on official business, in which he met with his aficionado. To date, that appears to be the trip to Argentina in which he began his affair, and Gov. Sanford has already stated he would repay the state for the trip, and rightly so.

This should include any phone calls to her he placed from his office as well.

There is also the matter of him leaving not only the state but also the country without a security detail. Just imagine if he had been kidnapped, blackmailed, of heaven forbid murdered or killed in an auto accident with no one knowing where he was located. That is a very serious matter for a head of state.

The Legislature should issue a stern rebuke of his actions. However, the calls for his resignation seen a bit premature in my opinion.

In fact, they seem to be politically motivated as a way to launch Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer into the governor’s office by fiat so that he would follow the status quo of Gov. Sanford’s long time detractors, including those in his own party. Some of whom are former Democrats who swapped party just to keep being elected as the political tides turned in South Carolina.

Gov. Sanford should remain in office and finish out his term. The people elected him to do a job and he needs to finish that job in spite of his personal shortfalls in his marriage.

If the entire country could withstand President Bill Clinton pointing his crooked finger at the nation and lie about his affairs and stay in office, certainly Gov. Sanford’s tearful self-confession deserves better treatment. 

Besides, a politically damaged Mark Sanford is still heads and shoulders above Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer as being qualified to run this state for the next 18 months. At that time the voters can choose who will lead us for the next four years and we can move on rather than the public falling for a planned sedition by Gov. Sanford’s enemies on both sides of the isle.

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