Sanford: I Considered Resigning

'Humbled' governor will strive to restore the trust of public, family
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2009 12:55 PM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford gestures as he talks outside his Sullivans Island home Sunday, June 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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(Newser) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford considered resigning from office after his extramarital affair came to light, the Republican revealed today in an exclusive interview with the AP. But Sanford, who hasn't spoken publicly since Friday, said he spoke with close spiritual and political associates who advised him to fight to restore the public's—and his family's—trust in him.

"Resigning would be the easiest thing to do," he said. Outside his coastal home on Sullivans Island, Sanford told the AP of "walking into the legislative term with a humble spirit." As far as his wife, Sanford said they are working on their relationship. "If there wasn't healing going on, I wouldn't be here.”