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Jun 25, 2009


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A. Bulluck

He won't be governor for much longer.


I guess we can leave that up to the peeps in SC. "Alumna". Had to lok that one up. I knew alumnus (sing.) vs alumni (pl.). Did not know there was feminine version too.


I'm curious as to why everyone thinks he'll resign. Politicians on both sides of the isle who have cheated on their wives have refused to step down. The GOP is now saddled with 3 sitting members (1 governor and 2 senators) both tainted by adultery who still serve. And let's not forget about Senator Craig.

What makes this guy different?

Ed Cone

Ged, what makes him different in my view is what I said in the post, "the larger issue is not that another schmuck snuck off for a little strange, it's that he abandoned the people of South Carolina for several days and lied about it."

He didn't just have an affair, get caught, and do the public act of contrition thing -- he left the country, lying implicitly or explicitly about his whereabouts, effectively abandoning his post for several days.


Can you get the firing squad in SC for desertion?

Laura James

I wonder why he didn't just get a doctor to say he was having a nervous breakdown? He's obviously ok with lying. And isn't love, after all, a mental illness?

No, I think some of these lovesick little mooncalves want to get caught so that they don't have to take personal responsibility -- instead, they subconciously hope that circumstances will take over and put them with their hearts desire. Such bathos, it's all so tragi-comic!


It's a crime. Mark Sanford has confessed to a crime in South Carolina.

SECTION 16-15-60. Adultery or fornication.

Any man or woman who shall be guilty of the crime of adultery or fornication shall be liable to indictment and, on conviction, shall be severally punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

SECTION 16-15-70. "Adultery" defined.

"Adultery" is the living together and carnal intercourse with each other or habitual carnal intercourse with each other without living together of a man and woman when either is lawfully married to some other person.


Ed, I see where you're coming from, but realistically, I don't think one type of lie (one made to his wife and family) and one made to the voters is really any different. If it were, the other "schmucks" would have resigned long ago. Besides, what's worse, disappearing for a week to visit your mistress, or getting arrested for making lewd advances towards a police officer in a men's room and then denying it ever happened? If Craig can slip by, this guy certainly can. Voters are apathetic towards offenders like this, is there enough "outrage" to force him to resign?

I suspect he'll weather the storm until the lime light wears down and then go on about his job just like the rest have. The only thing that may make him change his mind are if more explicit emails come to light. IMHO

Ed Cone

Ged, I'm not making predictions, I'm just trying to figure out what exactly he did, and how it stacks up to the many, many pols-with-pants-down stories from both sides of aisle.

Should he resign? I don't know. I didn't think Bill Clinton should have resigned, even though he was adulterous in a particularly creepy way and flat-out lied to the American people about it. Sanford's dereliction of duty is one difference between the two men.

A. Bulluck

I think we'll all agree that adultery is wrong in all circumstances, but the way in which he went about it makes it all the more worse. He didn't meet his mistress for a quickie at the local dive motel, rather he made an impulsive decision to fly to another continent for a weekend rendezvous - Father's Day weekend no less!

He seems to be a very unstable individual as well, I mean he went to Argentina to cry for the weekend. Why couldn't he have cried at home? On the phone? It sounds like he's in the midst of a severe mental breakdown, which is nothing to laugh at or joke about.

This is going to get ugly on both fronts as I'm sure there will be an investigation into the spending aspect of this "road trip." He's a governor who is extremely popular with one group and grossly unpopular with another. He's had a bullseye on his back for quite a while now. He should resign for the sake of his family, and I really hate to say it, but the state too. I'm partial to South Carolina jokes, but this isn't funny stuff. It's sick, actually.

Anyway, I guess we now know why he chose not to seek the Republican nomination for President last year.


Sanford actually isn't even all that popular among SC Republicans (I can't speak for Republicans outside that state). If he doesn't resign, the combination of the adultery statute and what appears to be the use of state money in furtherance of his trysts may take the question out of his hands and put it into the legislature's.

Also: Dude. You left the state for a week without leaving anyone in charge. During hurricane season.

Roger Greene

I don't think the dereliction of duty thing is particularly compelling, but I'd like to see what, if any, state resources were used to expedite his hanky panky. That would be cause for the SC populace to call for his resignation.


Oh look! Guess who's NOT going to resign. Yep, one SC Governor Mark Sanford. To quote Bubba - "Imagine that!"

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