Lieutenant governor calls for Sanford's resignation

Andre Bauer wants the governor to step down, and promises he won't run in 2010 if he takes over

Published August 26, 2009 6:05PM (EDT)

Things are just gettin' worse for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Members of his own party who serve in the state House will be discussing the possibility of impeachment at a meeting this weekend, and now the lieutenant governor has come out and made a public call for his boss to resign.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer held a press conference Wednesday at which he said Sanford should resign; he also renewed an earlier pledge, saying that if Sanford does step down and he's sworn in as governor, he won't run for a full term in 2010. The governor is term-limited and can't run again, and Bauer is among the Republicans planning to fight for his job, which has made other potential candidates and their supporters hesitant to push to get Sanford out of office.

The State's John O'Connor also reports, via Twitter, that Republican State Sen. David Thomas said, after Bauer's press conference, that "it is virtually a known fact" that Sanford is continuing the affair that started all of his political woes.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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