Sanford: I Won't Be 'Railroaded' Out of Office

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2009 6:25 PM CDT
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said embattled Gov. Mark Sanford needs to resign rather than risking impeachment during a news conference in Columbia today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rebuffed his lieutenant governor's call to resign today, two months after he admitted an affair, saying he will not be "railroaded" out of office and plans to finish his term. At a news conference hours after Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer called for him to step down, Sanford said the people of South Carolina want to move past the scandals.

"I'm not going to be railroaded out of this office by political opponents or folks who were never fans of mine in the first place," the Republican said. "A lot of what is going on now is pure politics, plain and simple." Heeding Bauer's call to resign would be like "heaven on earth," Sanford added, because it would get him out of the public eye, but it would not be right. "Me hanging up the spurs 16 months out, as comfortable as that would be, as much as I might like to do that on a personal basis, it is wrong," he said.