Gov. Mark Sanford gave an angered response to the latest call for his resignation from Lt. Gov. André Bauer. The latest press conference is maybe Sanford’s most combative yet and certainly suggests he’s not going down without a fight.
The governor says he won’t be railroad from office and that South Carolinians have moved on.
More than two months since returning from a mystery trip to see his mistress in Argentina, Sanford is facing even more criticism due to an ongoing Associated Press investigation into questionable travel practices.
After a fresh batch of private flights that Sanford failed to disclose in state ethics filings, Bauer says that he’ll take over for the last 16 months of Sanford’s term and not seek election in 2010. Many have feared for the fate of the GOP primary if Bauer got a shot at the big boy chair early.
Sanford says that he appreciates the offer, but that he’s “not going to be railroaded” out of his job by political opportunists and long-time Columbia foes.
The governor suggests that voters have expressed a willingness to forgiven him, regardless of those looking to score political points, find political vengeance, or sell newspapers.
“South Carolinians have moved on,” Sanford says.
Bauer’s call for a resignation may be the first of many this week, as S.C. House Republicans meet this weekend with the focus likely to be on Sanford’s future.
CNN is reporting that two GOP lawmakers, including a close supporter of Sanford’s, met with the governor on Tuesday, pleading with him to resign. He refused.
In his press conference Wednesday, the governor suggested he had a healthy dossier of legislative abuses of government resources similar to the plane trouble Sanford’s been branded with.