Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is calling on Governor Mark Sanford to resign, and offered to sacrifice his own gubernatorial bid to make it happen.
Bauer made the announcement at the SC Statehouse Wednesday afternoon, following days of Sanford news stories being repeated on the national media. “It’s in my opinion that the best interests of the people of South Carolina can no longer be served by the current administration. The serious misconduct that has already been revealed, along with lingering questions and continuing distractions, make it virtually impossible for our state to solve the serious provlems we are facing without a change of leadership. ”
If Sanford steps down or is taken down, Bauer, as Lt. Governor, would automatically become governor temporarily for the remaining year in Sanford’s term.
But Bauer says that he will forego his planned run for governor, if Sanford resigns, or if state lawmakers move forward immediately to impeach him. If not, Bauer says he will run. He says he’ll wait one month before announcing. Bauer says if taking himself out of the race helps the state to move forward, then he’s willing to do it.
Bauer also called on state lawmakers to rise above partisan politics and take action, in his words, in the best interest of the state.
Greenville Senator David Thomas, chairman of a senate subcommittee investigating Sanford’s business trips, says Bauer is doing the right thing. Bauer defeated Thomas in his bid for Lt. Governor.