State GOP censures Sanford

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 6:19 AM
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COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has survived a state law enforcement probe into his travel records and lasted through the long holiday weekend after revelations of his affair with an Argentine mistress.

But fellow Republican officials who have been hearing plenty from unhappy constituents said Monday the governor, who refuses to step down, is on anything but solid ground. State GOP leaders voted to censure him Monday night, a formal reprimand that has no practical consequences.

"I think folks are embarrassed about what's happened and what's reflected on the state. I think folks are pretty well disgusted with the whole thing," said state Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens

Sanford spent the weekend in Florida with Jenny Sanford and their four sons following his confessions of an affair with a woman he told the Associated Press he considers his "soul mate." The Sanfords say they plan to try to reconcile and the governor insists he will not step aside before the end of his final 18 months in office.

On Monday, Sanford's office said the governor attended a closed briefing on port security in Charleston, but he skipped a news conference with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and other officials. Later, he issued a statement on a suspected serial killer in Gaffney, asking residents "to join my family and me in prayer for the grieving families of the victims."

Last week, state law enforcement officials said they found the governor did not improperly use state money during the six meetings he admitted having with the Argentine woman, Maria Belen Chapur, since he's taken office. He told the AP he met her in 2001 while on a trip to Uruguay, and the two friends did not become physically involved until he saw her during a 2008 state economic development trip to Argentina.

Martin said he was not satisfied with the state law enforcement probe that relied on the governor's recollections and his financial records. "If he plans to stay in office, I certainly would support a more thorough investigation," Martin said.

Graham, one of Sanford's closest political allies and the godfather of one of his sons, said the governor has started to work on his marriage.

"He had a good weekend with the family," Graham said. "My hope is and continues to be that he can reconcile with his family and repair the damage done to his family and with the constituents of South Carolina and can finish out his term. That is still my belief and that is still my hope, and I believe that is possible."

The state GOP censured Sanford after more than three hours of discussion Monday night, with 22 executive committee members voting for the public reprimand. Ten voted to ask him to resign, and nine voted to support the governor.

The resolution said Sanford's conduct has fallen "below the standards expected of Republican elected officials, has breached the public's trust and confidence in his ability to effectively perform the duties of his office."

The resolution also said it is the last word about the matter unless there are more revelations about the governor.

Sanford immediately released a statement.

"The governor fully appreciates the party's position, and he intends to work diligently to earn back its trust," spokesman Joel Sawyer said.

Before the meeting, Susan Aiken, a GOP executive committee member from Anderson County, said her county's party activists want Sanford out. But Dan Herren in neighboring Greenville County said his activists are divided.

The most compelling argument for Sanford staying, Herring said, is that the governor hasn't broken any law. But even those people "are saying if he did break laws he certainly should go," Herren said.

Meanwhile, the state House Republican leader says he's encouraging members to be mindful of their words in case they need to sit in judgment of the governor. Any impeachment proceeding would begin in the House, though no House member has called for that.

"If we're the body that has to sit as a grand jury of impeachment, I want to sit and do it fairly," said House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, R-West Columbia.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/07/09 - 06:54 am
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He should step down, the

He should step down, the state of SC will forever been known as the state that had a Governor cheat on his wife with his soul mate and stayed in office. I'm praying he steps down.

justus4
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justus4 07/07/09 - 06:59 am
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Another poor example of
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Another poor example of leadership. Censure is the EASY way out and gives the governor a second chance to mess up. Why did the republicans do it? The people of that state, especially minorities, should be questioning the reasoning of their legislators who allowed this guy to abuse gov't funds, abuse the public trust, and get a slap on the wrist. Must be two Americans and this decision proves it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/07/09 - 07:00 am
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JFK, LBJ," BJ"Clinton, Ted

JFK, LBJ," BJ"Clinton, Ted Kennedy,....

beachboy
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beachboy 07/07/09 - 07:08 am
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So he went astray for a few

So he went astray for a few days; at least he didn't do it in the Goivernor's mansion like Clinton did in the White House. He had enough smarts to get out of the country. He is in noway different than most politicians and especially lawyers. He was man enough to admit his mistake and is still highly regarded as a good governor. Hang in there Mark..........Lawyers do the same but are trained blood-suckers and liars.

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WAG 07/07/09 - 07:29 am
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If I went astray as you say

If I went astray as you say at my work I would be fired.....He needs to be fired not because he had an affair but because he left work when he was not supposed to.....
And his wife is pitiful...At first I felt sorry for her. Nor more if she stays with the pig....This was not a fling it was a "tragic love story". Just like Steve McNairsl. So tragic he is dead. they both should have kept their pants zipped....Pigs Pigs pigs!!!!!!!l

Brenda_G
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Brenda_G 07/07/09 - 08:02 am
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Just because he makes a long

Just because he makes a long list doesn't give him any stars. Once again our do nothing "leaders" have done nothing. Censured? That's another name for slap on the wrist and be smarter next time. You can bet there WILL be a next time. He did virtually the same thing to the people of South Carolina as he did to his wife. It boggles my mind that after his remarks (Maria's his soul mate, and he is TRYING to fall back in love with his wife) she still wants him. At first I admired what I perceived to be her strength, but now it is turning into how much humiliation is one going to stand before she kicks the worm to the curb? Aside to Maria......if he'll do it with you, he'll do it to you.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/07/09 - 08:20 am
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Although I don't approve of

Although I don't approve of what Gov. Sanford did, he hasn't done anything different than what a thousand of other men do every day. The only difference is Gov. Sandford is in public office and so his personal life is open to the public. I find it odd that the ones who are complaining about "conservative values" are the ones who are condeming the man for trying to save his marriage. Him and his wife made a vow before God (which Mark broke but is trying to repair) for better or worse. As a believer it is commanded by God to forgive and reconcile. This does not give Mark the escape from the consequences of his actions but the hope that he can find grace. Mrs. Sanford is following biblical principals, as hard as that may be, but in the end she will be blessed. Why are we so quick to tear a family apart when there are steps to mend it?

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/07/09 - 08:30 am
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BJ Clinton LOL love it 2 in

BJ Clinton LOL love it 2 in one day for PT that I agree

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/07/09 - 08:34 am
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As long as that other woman

As long as that other woman is his soul mate he will never truly love Jenny ever again. Unless God intervenes and cut asunder that love he has for that other woman from the root of his soul he'just and empty shell of a man walking around in a daze. When you are with someone (Jenny) and you have been hurt (Jenny) and your heart knows the one you are with loves someone else (Jenny) it's hard to keep grips on your own heart (Jenny) because it hurts to the core. For all we know, he may still be in contact with that other woman on the sly. I think eventually he's going to fess up and say, he tried to make it work with (Jenny), but his heart belongs to the other woman. When you fall in love like he has with another person it's hard to cut them out of your life completely.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/07/09 - 09:01 am
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jackfruitpaper833, Love comes

jackfruitpaper833, Love comes in many different forms and a marriage can survive without "truly loving" your spouse. It's call respect and compassion. How many people have married throughout the centuries without marrying their "soulmate" and stayed happily married. No doubt it is going to be an uphill battle to put this marriage back together again but with the hate and condemnations from the public and media, it's definitely going to need some "God intervention".

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Brenda_G 07/07/09 - 09:17 am
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Jenny Sanford has known about

Jenny Sanford has known about Maria since the beginning of the year. In her words she asked him NOT to see her. Having been caught in the hen house it's easy to put on a hang dog look in the glare of a spotlight. Even then he chose to twist the knife a little deeper admitting in public Maria is his soul mate and he is TRYING to fall back in love with his wife. Sounds to me like only one is truly willing to work on repairing the marriage, and, if that's the case, it's beating a dead horse. It's better to be alone than poorly accompanied. I'd sure like to see where respect and compassion is a component in this fiasco. It is an awful thing when a marriage fails but just how far is one expected to go? Some may say seventy times seven, but I say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I sure hope Jenny Sanford has been checked since she has been put in the position of sleeping with everyone Mark has slept with, and they have slept with before him.

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TechLover 07/07/09 - 09:30 am
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If she takes him back she's a

If she takes him back she's a nutty as he is.

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 07/07/09 - 09:39 am
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What a bunch of hypocrites!

What a bunch of hypocrites! To Republicans morality only matters when running for election and impeaching Democrats. Once elected, morality is out the door.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/07/09 - 09:43 am
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"I'd sure like to see where

"I'd sure like to see where respect and compassion is a component in this fiasco." Brenda, there has been no respect or compassion in this fiasco. What I said is a marriage can survive on respect and compassion and is a form of love. Although I agree some things are better spoken in private, I do believe that the Governor is trying to be open and honest. You say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen....that's the easy way out and no one wins. "...how far is one expected to go?" In biblical terms, if both are believer's in Christ...then till death do us part is suppose to mean something. At least the man is willing to try and save his marriage...he could have simply walked away from Jenny and the boys. Then we would have heard about how much of a scumbag he was….oh wait, seems like that’s what we’re hearing now.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/07/09 - 09:45 am
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lawyerdude...talk about

lawyerdude...talk about hypocrites...To Democrats, morality doesn't matter at all.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 07/07/09 - 09:54 am
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"Let he who is without sin

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" - so are YOU the one? The state GOP did what it should do, it expressed disappointment and disapproval over the governor's extra-marital affairs and SLED determined that he hasn't broken any laws regarding the misuse of state funds, so what now? The Democrats didn't have the guts to remove Bill Clinton after it was shown that not only did he have that ongoing affair with Monica Lewinsky, he also lied about it, bold and confrontational while doing it. Yet, he remained as president and even now is the darling of many people. For whatever reason, Sarah Palin just announced that she is stepping down as governor of Alaska and already the wheels are turning so stepping down doesn't answer any questions. As long as Governor Stanford is willing and ABLE, let him finish his term and don't judge his wife for being willing to work through all of this. After all the wedding vows include this statement: "'Til death do you part". The best thing that the governor could have done was not to be totally candid to the public: admit the affairs and go home and work on your marriage, don't keep digging a deeper whole.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 07/07/09 - 10:04 am
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BrendaG, you obviously have

BrendaG, you obviously have some inside information that wasn't made public because you know that he has "slept with" a lot of women, something to which he did NOT confess and in fact denied. Whether or not he did is on his conscience but it is on YOUR conscience to make a public statement concerning it. No excuses for what the governor did and none for your publicly stating what has not been made known to have happened. The word "choice" comes to mind here, usually reserved for those women who want to kill an unborn baby because they didn't choose NOT to be a party to making it. I find it almost comedic that he would have started this Argentine affair by counseling the woman on her marital problems. Once he began to develop feelings other than as counselor he could have made the "choice" to just walk away and go home. In my view of things, it's doubtful that a "soul mate" will show up in one's life 20 years after he's married and has fathered four children, who are the ones will pay the consequences. Oh by the way, in my previous statement the last phrase should have read "don't keep digging a deeper hole", not whole...But "whole" is what their marriage can become again.

jack234
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jack234 07/07/09 - 10:30 am
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According to PT, because

According to PT, because democrats did it, it makes it alright. I didn't know that PT thought the democrats set the standards for moral behavior. Sometime PT amazes me with his lame line of thinking. HELLO! HELLO! He should spend less time on the computer and more time lobbying to get computers for some of the other people in the care home. HELLO! HELLO!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/07/09 - 10:51 am
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Now, if we could just get the
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Now, if we could just get the Dems in congress to take action against a perjurer named Senator Roland Burris, I'd have a little respect for our government. They won't and I don't.

0430
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0430 07/07/09 - 11:07 am
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The GOP leaders that voted to

The GOP leaders that voted to censure Gov Sanford is a political move only to fool the people of South Carolina.

0430
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0430 07/07/09 - 11:10 am
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Jenny Sanford knew about the

Jenny Sanford knew about the affair, she just hate that now the world knows. How can she stay with Gov Sanford knowing that she is number two and the other woman is his love.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/07/09 - 11:15 am
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0430, she called Hillary and
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0430, she called Hillary and got lots of advice. As for the GOP leaders, the Dems pulled this same crap regarding Bahney Fwank a few years ago when he was caught paying for his gay lover with taxpayers money. I didn't hear libs like you say a word. I guess the rules are different.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/07/09 - 11:22 am
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They should have censored him

They should have censored him at the beginning of his first press conference! 20 minutes of Ramble On was too much detail and that only opened the door for more criticism. He'll stay on because he needs the money. Who else is going to hire this flunky?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/07/09 - 11:48 am
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Sarah Palin said DC has a

Sarah Palin said DC has a Department of Law LOL OMG she's a nitwit...

Brenda_G
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Brenda_G 07/07/09 - 11:56 am
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CostalDawg, you drew a

CostalDawg, you drew a conclusion that I did not make. "I sure hope Jenny Sanford has been checked since she has been put in the position of sleeping with everyone Mark has slept with, and they have slept with before ". Don't you realize when you sleep with someone who has slept with others,who may have had multiple partners, you are subject to pick up from them what they may have picked up from someone else. I didn't accuse Mark of directly sleeping with anyone else. As far as "till death do us part" there has been an abundance of that amongst married/estranged couples from what I see on the news.

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KSL 07/07/09 - 11:58 am
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I see a lot of hypocrites

I see a lot of hypocrites posting today. I would love to see the proof you felt the same way about Clinton and Hillary as you do Sanford and Jenny.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/07/09 - 12:40 pm
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Maybe then Sanford should

Maybe then Sanford should post himself, since he is certainly now a real hypocrite! Clinton was bad, but Sanford was worse!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/07/09 - 01:04 pm
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Niko, how do you figure

Niko, how do you figure that....both men cheated on their wife. It's been stated on here that Jenny is dumb for staying with Mark but no one has said Hillary was dumb for staying with Bill.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/07/09 - 01:16 pm
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ICL, you will have to speak

ICL, you will have to speak for the ladies' position. It's a Mars and Venus thing. Bill had oral sex, but Mark went all the way down (to Argentina that is!).

KSL
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KSL 07/07/09 - 01:19 pm
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So Niko's opinion is that

So Niko's opinion is that Mark is a bigger hypocrite because he succumbed to a mid-life crisis and Clinton, who has cheated on his wife throughout their entire marriage, is the lessor. Or is it that the Republicans at least try for morality, but sometimes fail while Democrats are just amoral?

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