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Should Gov. Sanford resign?
A Column by the Editor
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
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
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
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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