An InsiderAdvantage poll of South Carolina voters taken June 25th has half the SC electorate supporting resignation, and 45 percent supporting impeachment:
Half of South Carolina residents say GOP Gov. Mark Sanford, who admitted to an extramarital affair on Wednesday, should resign from office, according to a new InsiderAdvantage poll.
The survey, conducted just hours after the governor's emotional press conference at the statehouse, found 50 percent of South Carolina voters want him to resign while 42 percent said he should remain in office. Another 8 percent had no opinion.
Voters were nearly evenly split on the question of whether Sanford, who left the state for five days to visit his mistress in Argentina but deceived his staff and the public about his whereabouts, should face impeachment by the state legislature. Although 45 percent supported impeachment, another 46 percent were opposed. Nine percent had no opinion.
If the poll was conducted "just hours after the governor's press conference" it was taken before it was revealed that Sanford used taxpayer money to squeeze his honey.
Another June 25th poll by SurveyUSA has 60% of South Carolinians calling for resignation, and 34% saying he should stay in office.
Friday June 26, 2009, a Republican cites Sanford's hypocrisy:
Glenn McCall, a South Carolina representative to the Republican National Committee, cited Sanford's past criticism of President Bill Clinton's infidelity to accuse him of hypocrisy and said Sanford should resign. Even RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele told a Detroit radio station Thursday that Sanford is "yet one more disappointment in failed leadership."
(Friday June 26, 2009 a.m.) it's a triple:
Mark Sanford "is not a creep," said Bonnie Fuller in The Huffington Post. The South Carolina governor is "one of those rare politicians undone by something that's not actually salacious -- pure, romantic love." Sanford isn't doing his state -- or his wife of 20 years, or his four "precious sons" -- any favors by sticking around. He should resign, and jet off to be with the woman he loves, Maria Belen Chapur, in Argentina.
It doesn't look that's Mark Sanford's plan, said Ben Pershing in The Washington Post. The governor is acting like he wants to employ the classic politician's technique for surviving a scandal -- "change the subject as quickly as possible, and restore some semblance of normalcy." So Sanford is returning to work and telling the media to move on.
That might work if Mark Sanford's biggest sin were his "acknowledged sexual indiscretions," said Louis Jacobson in National Journal. But the man "went AWOL from his gubernatorial duties" to visit Maria Belen Chapur in Argentina, and didn't tell anyone where he was going or how to reach him. Sanford abandoned his state, and that is why powerful politicians in South Carolina say he has to resign.
Thursday June 25, 2009
What they said:
If you can't honor your marriage vows, how can you expect voters to trust you to honor your damned oath of office?
Who said it? Michelle Malkin
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