Wednesday was the last day in Governor Sanford’s administration for Press Secretary Joel Sawyer, who served in the post for six and half years. Appearing on “the Rachel Maddows Show” on MSNBC Wednesday night, Sawyer says his leaving has nothing to do with the Governor’s affair with a woman in Argentina or the fact that he was given false information by Sanford that he was on the Appalachian Trial which he relayed to the press.”I was disappointed like everyone else, but I plowed through it. I had a job to do and even though I was disappointed with the Governor on a personal level, I still did and still do, even though I have left the office, very much believe in the things he’s trying to do there. You take it day by day, take it as it comes, and do the best you can.”
Sawyer says he is leaving for an opportunity that will be good for him financially and will allow him to spend more time with his family.
Sawyer says he is confident that Sanford can still be an effective leader if the people of South Carolina give him the opportunity. sawyer says state citizens should take their cues from First Lady Jenny Sanford, whom he calls the real victim in this ordeal.
“I think if she’s willing to forgive and that people like me that were on his staff and those who continue to work on his staff are willing to forgive, hopefully the people of South Carolina will be able to do so as well and I think frankly he can have a productive last 16 months of this session.”
Sawyer says Sanford has admitted that he has made mistakes not only in his personal life, but in his dealings with members of the General Assembly. Sawyer says the Governor is willing to work with lawmakers with a more cooperative spirit in order to do what’s best for the people of South Carolina.
“He’s talked a lot about how he believes in these ideas and he may have approached some of them stridently at times. He has said himself that he learned in all of this, going back to the notion of making good from bad, to approach the Legislature and approach state leaders with a more contrite and humble spirit, and I think if he follows through on that you’re going to see a very productive last 16 months of his administration.”