More details continue to unravel about Governor Mark Sanford’s surprising, extramarital affairs. Some lawmakers feel the governor is not fit to run the state. One of the most powerful Republicans in the state, Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, says Sanford should have kept his mouth shut.
“It almost looks like he’s got a death wish because he keeps opening his mouth and sticking his foot in. He just needed to say what he had to say and shut-up, but instead he standed and gotten the attention, and it’s almost like he enjoys being at the center of it,” says McConnell.
If the governor were to resign, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer would take over as governor, and McConnell would serve as Lt. Governor. In an interview with South Carolina Radio Network affiliate, WTMA, McConnell expressed his concerns if that were to happen.
“Lieutenant governor is a fine job, but you have to put in 20 years to move up the seniority ladder, become Chairman of the judiciary committee, and President Pro Tem of the Senate and I would just hate to put in all that time, and to lose that because I have to step up. On the other hand, if I were to resign as President Pro Tem to avoid it, there’s no way for the General Assembly to come back if we had a budget shortfall,” says McConnell.
McConnell’s legal staff is reviewing the legality of what he would need to do to decline the lieutenant governor position if it became open.
“We’ll make a good determination on what we think is good for the people of South Carolina, if it turns out constitutional stalemate and I gotta go do it, I’ll do it, if I don’t, I won’t,” says McConnell.
In McConnell’s statement issued Wednesday, he said he hasn’t asked the governor to resign, but the governor has lost the support of the people that is needed to govern.