Sanford Digs In as Calls for Resignation Escalate

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2009 9:40 PM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to the AP Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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(Newser) – The vise is tightening around Mark Sanford's political career. South Carolina officials, including fellow Republicans, are lining up to urge the governor to resign, reports the State. The pressure has ramped up considerably since Sanford's admission yesterday that he'd "crossed lines" with other women besides his Argentine mistress. The governor, however, is resisting, notes the Washington Post. "He is finished discussing this matter," said a spokesman.

J.  Gresham Barrett, a fellow Republican, became the first congressman from South Carolina to call for his resignation: "He has lost the trust of the people." Sen. Jim DeMint, another Republican, urged Sanford to make the "right decision," while a state senator who once served as Sanford's chief of staff said he's spoken with the governor and will make his recommendation soon. Fourteen of 27 GOP state senators want him to step down.