What's with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
He was taunted as a Presidential Candidate for 2012. Then the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford disappeared for almost a week. It was later revealed that he had had an affair with a woman in Argentina and visited her there.
His family has moved out on him, yet he still remains in Office. He has 16 months remaining in his term and has stated that he would not run for re-election at the completion of his term.
Today the saga took another turn. His Deputy, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer called for a resignation in a hastily called news conference at noon EDT today. He asked the Governor to consider the well-being of South Carolina.
In a news conference later in the day, Governor Mark Sanford said he would not. He said that he would stay the course since there were many things yet to be done for the State.
One must wonder how this new relationship with his Deputy willl benefit South Carolina?
Now it’s looking like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford might not even make it to the end of his term. On Wednesday morning, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer called on Sanford to step down, urging Sanford to consider the well-being of the Palmetto State. Bauer, according to the Associated Press, reiterated his offer to back out of the 2010 gubernatorial race if Sanford leaves office now.
Bauer said rumors and discussion of Sanford’s impeachment could “dominate next year’s legislative session instead of issues like the economy and job creation.”
Bauer is the latest in a long line of Republican lawmakers urging Sanford’s exit. In late June, for instance, 10 state senators said they wanted the governor gone. And on July 6, the South Carolina Republican Party voted to censure Sanford. (The party never explicitly suggested he resign.)