Big exit?: Mark Sanford isn’t budging yet, but his state’s second in command could soon be sitting in the governor’s seat.
Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. —KA
“Regrettably, we have reached a point where we must all put the interests of the people of South Carolina first,” Bauer said at a news conference inside the State House in Columbia. “It is my opinion that the best interests of the people of South Carolina can no longer be served by the current administration.”
The governor’s office said Sanford would hold a news conference to respond to Bauer Wednesday afternoon, but said the governor would not step down.
If Sanford does resign, Bauer would become governor for the remainder of Sanford’s term, which expires in January 2011.