Should Mark Sanford Resign?June 26, 2009 - 6:50 PM | by: Brooks Blanton
Embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went back to work today as controversy over whether he should resign swirled around his every move. Today Sanford issued more apologies to his staff for misleading them on his whereabouts during a cabinet meeting at the State Capitol in Columbia. As he left the meeting, Sanford came face to face with a scrum of photographers and reporters firing questions of whether the governor would resign. The scramble to get pictures and a comment from the governor grew heated as crews pushed and shoved to get closer to him.
Although Sanford said he wanted to remain as Governor and repeatedly compared himself to David, a figure in the bible who overcame a personal fall from grace, he seemed to indicate that resigning his position was not off the table yet.
“I wouldn’t say anything definitive at this point. I would say my hunch at a variety of different levels is to continue on,” Sanford answered as a reporter asked if he would resign. “In answering that question I don’t fully know the answer to that question. And it’s gonna be something I’m going to think about, pray about, talk to friends about over the days and weeks ahead.”
Shortly after the Governor returned to seclusion away from the watchful eye of the media, Republican State Senator Jake Knotts held a press conference outside the Senate Chambers inside the State Capital. Knotts, who is never short on words and frequently at odds with the Governor, did not publicly call for him to resign. Instead he blasted Sanford for unauthorized use of a state-owned vehicle during his trip, leaving the state unwatched for five days and what he calls hyprocracy and abuse of power.
“The only thing we have heard coming out of the governor’s office from staff members and the governor is surprises and lies,” Knotts said before a large group of cameras. “There has been so many of them at this point in time that we are unable to know what we can believe and what we can’t believe and everyday something else pops out of the box. That’s embarrassing to this state.”
Knotts, joined by Democratic State Representative Joe McEachern, called on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate the Governor’s actions. McEachern says Sanford can no longer do his job effectively.
Sanford’s estranged wife Jenny revealed to the Associated Press today that she learned of the affair back in January when she found a letter from the Governor to a woman in Argentina. She also said she was shocked to learn of the Governor’s sudden trip to South America, saying she warned him not to see the woman again.