Pressure Mounts for Sanford to Resign

Republicans weighing whether to impeach Mark Sanford now, or wait for ethics probe
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2009 5:03 AM CDT
FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 13, 2009, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford listens to remarks during the Budget and Control Board meeting in Columbia,S.C. South Carolina's Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will...   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain/FILE)
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(Newser) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is running out of allies in his own political party, reports The State. Republicans at the state House Majority Caucus meeting yesterday bashed the scandal-plagued Sanford. Furious legislators called for his immediate resignation, though South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell urged holding off on any action until a state ethics panel announces its finding. Even Sanford's supporters want him to resign.

“It’s almost unanimous for resignation,” said Rep. Mike Pitts. “At this point, I don’t see a rational man who’s thinking clearly and is capable of leading this state.” Sanford has been accused of using a state airplane and money for political and personal travel—including an extramarital affair. (Read more Mark Sanford stories.)