Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour(barber) says he doesn’t think South Carolina’s governor should resign. Governor Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with a woman from Argentina, but Barbour – a Republican — isn’t among those calling for Sanford’s resignation.
“In my career, I’ve made it a point that I don’t talk about people’s personal problems. I don’t think it’s polite. I don’t think it’s appropriate and I don’t think it advances the ball down the field,” Barbour says. “The people of South Carolina have got to decide and he’s got to decide whether he ever wants to run for anything and I don’t want to prejudge that based on what I think is a personal tragedy for his family.”
Barbour was in Iowa Thursday to headline an Iowa G-O-P fundraiser and taped a show for Iowa Public Television. Barbour is the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association after Sanford stepped down Tuesday. Barbour was hesitant to address complaints about Sanford’s erratic behavior and the lies told his staff.
Governor Barbour hestitated to comment on the accusation that Sanford lied.
“I don’t know what he said to different people. He didn’t say anything to me, so I’m not going to prejudge that,” Barbour said. “But look, the Sanfords have got something they’ve got to work through. I think they’re trying work through it and what that means politically right now, for them, is probably a whole lot less important than what it means for their family.”
Nevada Senator John Ensign (EN-sihn) was the first and Sandford is the second Republican among those considered potential presidential candidates to admit to an affair this month. Barbour maintains neither admission will have any impact at the ballot box. And Barbour says the chances of him(Barbour) running for President are slim, but he never says never.
(Thanks to Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa)