The South Carolina Democratic Party added its voice today to growing calls on Gov. Mark Sanford to resign today, citing Sanford's "stream of confessions" and "immoral and reprehensible behavior" as distractions from state business.
"State officials seem unable to do anything except worry and talk about
Governor Sanford's extramarital affair, which we learn more about every
few hours," party Chair Carol Fowler said in a statement. "South Carolina can't afford to be at a standstill for the next 18
months with a governor who ignores his job responsibilities while
pursuing personal interests."
The SC Democratic Party had held off calling for Sanford to step down immediately after his admission, though numerous Democratic and Republican officials issued that call as more information has come out in his scandal--notably his admissionlast Thursday that he visited his mistress in Argentina on a taxpayer-funded trade mission last June. He said the excursion was for entirely professional purposes, other than the "mistake" of visiting the woman, but he pledged to pay back the cost of the trip, which was estimated at $12,000.
More recently, he admitted to having "crossed lines" with other women.
Last night, six Republican state senators issued a letter calling for Sanford's resignation, bringing the total number of GOP senators calling for Sanford's resignation to 12 of 27, according to one unconfirmed headcount, and at least 10 according to a news report published this morning. That includes Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, who spearheaded the letter last night. Other calls for resignation have come from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and six South Carolina newspapers.