S.C. Republicans meeting to discuss Sanford's future

Party leaders plan to ponder what to do next about their governor, who's put them in a very uncomfortable situation

By Alex Koppelman
July 6, 2009 8:30PM (UTC)
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South Carolina's Republican Party is in quite a spot right now. The state's governor, Mark Sanford, is one of their own, but after his very public disappearance and then his confession that he'd been in Argentina, with the woman with whom he'd been having an affair, many party members want him gone.

So on Monday evening, party leaders plan to hold a conference call in which they'll ponder the governor's future, and their own path moving forward. According to The State's Gina Smith -- the reporter who tracked down Sanford at Atlanta's airport as he returned from Argentina -- "Options on the table range from doing nothing to formally admonishing the governor for his recent behavior to calling for his resignation."

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The discussion will not be an easy one. Already, more than half of the Republicans in the state Senate have called for Sanford's resignation, and other influential South Carolina Republicans have reportedly been pushing him to step down. But the governor's office has said he will not.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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