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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