Democrats and Republicans alike are reacting to Governor Sanford’s announcement that he has had an affair.Sanford resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but when asked if he would resign as governor of South Carolina, he did not respond.
The South Carolina Senate’s Democratic leader John Land of Clarendon County says it stands out to him that Sanford resigned the national organization. “He did that because he didn’t want his infidelity to hurt that organization. Yet he didn’t see fit to resign as governor. I think that’s something he has to make up his mind on and something the Republicans have to make up their minds on since he is their standard bearer for the next 18 months.”
Senator Land says he heard rumors about the affair three weeks ago and when the Governor disappeared, he made the connection. “I thought that might be a result of it. I thought the statement from his wife, that she was taking care of their children and being a mother, the flip side of that was, and this is what I read into it, that he was not being a good father and taking care of the children, and the fact that she didn’t know where he was.”
Originally, it was believed Sanford took a hike on the Appalachian Trail. But Wednesday Sanford told a reporter at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta that he was returning from a seven-day visit to Buenos Aires.
In a press release, Sanford says that he misled his staff about my whereabouts, and as a result the people of South Carolina believed something that wasn’t true. He says at no time over the past two days did anyone on his staff intentionally relay false information to other state officials or the public, and what they said they believed to be true, and he’s sorry for putting them in that position.
Sanford apologized to the people of South Carolina, saying there are many people who are hurt, angry and disappointed with him. He says he’s going to devote his energy to building back the trust the people have placed in him.