Now the S.C. House speaker wants to see Mark Sanford’s back

We’re getting to the point where the only people who don’t want Gov. Mark Sanford to leave are South Carolina Democrats, who would be thrilled to see him hang on another 14 months or so.

This from The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.:

House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, Tuesday became perhaps the most powerful South Carolina politician to call on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

In a letter delivered to Sanford today, Harrell said Sanford’s resignation would allow the state to move forward from the distractions created by Sanford’s secret trip to Argentina in June and the subsequent confession that he’d been engaged in an extramarital affair.

In a press release, Harrell said:

“What has become clear is that Governor Sanford’s issues will continue to dominate our state as long as he remains in office.

No doubt you saw the piece on Sanford in the Daily Beast, drawn from a telephone interview with the South Carolina governor last week:

“You know,” the South Carolina governor continues, “everybody is assigned their own secret-agent mission in life. And at times the tricky part, the hard part, is finding out what that secret-agent mission is. Some of us do it early, some of us do it later in life.” Simply put, nobody else in the Palmetto State’s political class talks like that.

It’s tempting, Sanford admits, to go “hide under a rock, go down to the farm and never see another television camera again.” That temptation must have only grown last week, when Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer wrote a letter calling for Sanford’s resignation and offered to take over the job. But, as Sanford puts it, “you gotta stay around for the second half of the show.”

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4 comments Add your comment


September 8th, 2009
5:36 pm

If the second half is going to be as interesting as the first half,he should stick around.


September 8th, 2009
7:04 pm

I agree he should stick it out. The Republican governors already have one quitter in Sarah Palin, they do not need another.

Decatur Bubber

September 9th, 2009
7:24 am

And, how could that first act in the “Sanford Show” be topped? Keep up the good work, Mark….maybe, even that right-wing dung heap of a state will come to its senses with YOU working the crowd!

Go Dogs

September 9th, 2009
11:22 am

maybe when God was personally speaking with Sanford and Palin (as both have reported he does), the signals got crossed and Sanford was supposed to resign while Palin kept her office. Its strange that God would not have a better plan, but mysterious ways and all that.