SC House Republicans Tell Sanford to Resign

Fellow Republicans slam governor in open letter
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 5:29 PM CDT
S.C. Gov.Mark Sanford announces that he will not resign at a news conference in Columbia, S.C. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Virginia Postic)
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(Newser) – The majority of South Carolina’s House Republicans told Mark Sanford to resign today, the State reports. At least 60 of the 73 representatives signed a letter hand-delivered to Sanford’s office that slammed the governor’s scandalous actions as “destructive to our state's image on a worldwide stage," and a distraction from achieving legislative goals, CNN reports. The development means Sanford would have little chance of surviving any impeachment procedure.

"The direction of the caucus leaving that meeting was unmistakable," Deputy Majority Leader Bruce Bannister said in a separate statement. "Governor you have lost the support of legislators who have supported you through thick and thin.”