Mark Sanford: ‘Staying as governor is the punishment I deserve’

Yesterday afternoon, Gov. Mark Sanford twittered a message to nearly 4,000 followers.

He sent them a link to yet another long, fulsome apology. This one was in writing, and explained why he will not quit as governor. In essence, he won’t resign because his sin of pride requires a harsher punishment. I.e., voter scorn.

Says Sanford:

Immediately after all this unfolded last week I had thought I would resign – as I believe in the military model of leadership and when trust of any form is broken one lays down the sword.

A long list of close friends have suggested otherwise – that for God to really work in my life I shouldn’t be getting off so lightly. While it would be personally easier to exit stage left, their point has been that my larger sin was the sin of pride.

They contended that in many instances I may well have held the right position on limited government, spending or taxes – but that if my spirit wasn’t right in the presentation of those ideas to people in the General Assembly, or elsewhere, I could elicit the response that I had at many times indeed gotten from other state leaders.

Their belief was that if I walked in with a real spirit of humility then this last legislative term could well be our most productive one – and that outside this term, I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm.

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36 comments Add your comment

Dash Riptide

June 30th, 2009
11:57 am

“Staying as governor is the punishment I deserve.”

If it’s also the punishment South Carolina deserves, then I guess it’s a win-win.

The Snark

June 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

Would someone please ask our elected officials not to twitter? If they have something to say, stand up and say it directly to another human being. Elective office has been trivialized enough over the last twenty years.

ByteMe

June 30th, 2009
1:04 pm

How conveeeeeeeenient!

John

June 30th, 2009
1:10 pm

Can we recall the Gov.? If so I will start the ballot in Bluffton!!!!

Miss_Lola

June 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

The fact of the matter is, he abandoned his job, and left NO way for anyone to contact him, if it was necessary.

If anyone on the private sector had done that, they’d be FIRED.

Comparing himself to King David was the icing on the cake. This man is filled with hubris-his level of arrogance is incredible.

He deserves to lose his wife, his mistress, and HIS JOB.

John

June 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

Or should I say ballot petition…

Miss_Lola

June 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

John-loved Buffton-and hopefully those who are there are wise enough to take up your offer!

Miss_Lola

June 30th, 2009
1:13 pm

So, if we follow the logic of his statement, governing SC is a punishment?

LOLOL. Open mouth, insert FOOT. Quite the comedian they have over there in SC…

Chesterfield Unry (Republican)

June 30th, 2009
1:15 pm

I’m all for another time-honored military tradition, Governor:

Walk the plank.

skeptical

June 30th, 2009
1:16 pm

I hate it when politicians use God as their get-out-of-jail-free card. As if this debacle is some kind of divine intervention to save Sanford from his prideful ways and to save the State of South Carolina from another unproductive legislative session. What a slimeball.

sharecropper

June 30th, 2009
1:17 pm

First of all, the governor of South Carolina has about as much power as a left field umpire calling balls and strikes in the dark. (For anybody to complain that he was out of pocket and “unable to lead”, was dumb, since the governor of South Carolina by constitutional authority never “leads”. Secondly, though, he is exactly what South Carolinians, the troglodytes of American society, deserve. Shoot, I want him running for president. He would just join a long list of hypocrites on the Republican side, not to mention adding his superior judgment to those already trying to line up.

Jay

June 30th, 2009
1:42 pm

Don’t you guys know that Republican feces doesn’t emit an odor!

Gary

June 30th, 2009
1:43 pm

Wow, staying on as Governor is punishment? Please, as a Republican supporter I call on this man to resign. Governor you are disgrace and should do the honorable thing and step down. It will be the only dignity you would have left.

And please, the Democrats have just as many slime balls as this one Governor. Both parties are filled with them.

Don

June 30th, 2009
1:53 pm

Those are the Republicans christain VALUES!

GTPHISH

June 30th, 2009
2:10 pm

This guy is such a tool.

dave

June 30th, 2009
2:20 pm

Don – one person failing to live up to what he proclaims as his values is sad, but it’s a bunch better than not having any values to try to live up to. But you guys never get it, now that’s really sad.

BPJ

June 30th, 2009
2:23 pm

And for the privilege of receiving this “punishment”, he raised millions of dollars….

ugacpa02

June 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

Not sure what any of this has to do with being a govenor. His wife is the one he wronged, not the state of SC.

Needabailout,too!

June 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

Buying myself a 2010 Jaguar XK convertible is the punishment I deserve.

Tired of BS

June 30th, 2009
2:49 pm

There is no difference in what Mark Sanford has done when the same has been done by many political men for as long as I can remember. This behavior is taught and accepted as a god given right. So all you men out here responding how Sanford is such a cad, you better look in the mirror and see if you don’t have some indiscretions you would like to keep private.

herbK

June 30th, 2009
2:54 pm

Ah yes, the predicament of a useless, lying politician telling us his punishment is effectively screwing the residents of SC. No, this deadbeat doesn’t possess the abilities to get a job in the private sector paying what being guvna pays in SC. I say he should be indicted for dereliction of duties as governor, jailed until trial, and upon conviction, made to repay all of the monies he has used for his liaisons to the state treasury, and then serve 10 years in jail for lying to the people of SC. Sanford is a POS, now everyone knows it, including his wife. I am hoping she sues him for divorce.

Dash Riptide

June 30th, 2009
3:03 pm

“Buying myself a 2010 Jaguar XK convertible is the punishment I deserve.”

If you plan to own it for any length of time, you must have done something very, very bad.

Copyleft

June 30th, 2009
3:56 pm

Hey, I ran a red light last month! Clearly I should get $10,000 in cash and a private plan. It’s the punishment I deserve.

Copyleft

June 30th, 2009
3:57 pm

(whoops, private PLANE. Sorry about that.)

Lucas E. Lectronics

June 30th, 2009
10:25 pm

Jaguar convertible? Must be a rebadged Mustang. Hope it has a manually retractable top. Otherwise, invest in a rainsuit!

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 1st, 2009
1:43 am

Pay attention America. This ploy by Sanford is just one more discernible manifestation of “the real Anti-Christ,” of which Our Founder, Thomas Jefferson, warned us. As it apparently wasn’t enough for Bush and Cheney to commit 9/11 and have grace make it be publicly proven that they did: here is another in a series of “all shall be revealed” moments supplied to America’s Electorate by Divine Providence. He is an obvious Mammon-worshipping philistine “wolf” in “penitent Christian” “sheep’s clothing.”

El-ect, Sanford was made by the people of South Carolina, to serve in holy civil office. He has now disgraced himself and his office, yet still with the temerity to claim Divine guidance, just like the homosexual, 9/11-committing George W. Bush, Sanford’s fellow-traveler.

Let him repent on his own time pursuing his own salvation in private, for he is fallen and is no longer worthy of public holy office. He is beneath contempt and no man. As he has defiled his sons and demonstrated to them each what scum he is as a false father, visiting a curse on them to the third and fourth generation, the best he could do to try to restore a sense of his honor in their eyes, leaving a full statement of contrition behind and a plea for forgiveness, would be to commit suicide.

herbK

July 1st, 2009
6:42 am

Shocking will, simply shocking. Yes, sanford is a worthless, lying POS, but here you are, as a self-professed Christian promoting the idea that sanford commit something God finds deplorable, i.e. suicide.

Will, listen, you’ve simply got to change your crack supplier. I’m certain you can find better quality rock than what you are getting.

Andy

July 1st, 2009
7:32 am

Just keep smilling

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 1st, 2009
7:52 am

Herbert Kornfeld, accounts receivable supervisor, an accountant who was raised on the streets and spoke in gangsta rap-isms and ebonics. Killed on April 30, 2007.[28]

Did “The Onion” fire you for poor reading comprehension?

The Snark

July 1st, 2009
8:55 am

Reading Will Jones’ comments is a true Zen experience.

Gary

July 1st, 2009
9:33 am

Ok someone needs to fire the security guard that continues to let Will Jones out of the nut house. Turn off the TV he needs to quit watching current events too.

herbK

July 1st, 2009
9:40 am

No will, that’s my half-black/half-white/half-hispanic cousin twice removed from the second stepmother’s side. My reading comprehension is just fine though, thanks for inquiring.

When do you start rehab again?

herbK

July 1st, 2009
10:15 am

BTW will, cousin Herbert (my first full name is Herbaceous Kanterfield Kornfeld) was assassinated by math challenged street thugs, ChuckyT and Calc4Yu, who have yet to be prosecuted. Cousin Herbert was taken early from us due to him challenging the standardized theory of symmetrical Euclidean space and involved group of isometries. ChuckyT and Calc4Yu wouldn’t tolerate that on the street, so they took him out. Cousin Herbert knew the rules of the street, but felt it violated personal convictions to uphold them.

Will, just wanted to clear that up for you – you can go back to your rock now.

The Snark

July 1st, 2009
10:37 am

Reading herbK’s comments is a true Zen experience, only on bad acid.

herbK

July 1st, 2009
10:52 am

“Reading herbK’s comments is a true Zen experience, only on bad acid”

Take the brown, the brown is OK, but DON’T TOUCH THE CLEAR!!!

Thanks, Flowers?

Betty Boop

July 1st, 2009
4:43 pm

Well now children, staying on as gov may be his worst punishment, but should it be the whole state’s. I just can’t help but wonder how it is that male politicians think they can get away with dropping their drawers whenever and wherever they want to. Any woman in politics knows better. Boys, keep your drawers zipped. Betty Boop