Another day, another rambling appearance by Mark Sanford, another call for the embattled South Carolina governor to resign.
on Thursday cautioned against early release of any findings by the State Ethics Commission, which is investigating his travel and expenses. "It is not OK to short-circuit an ethics process to try and get the result you want," Sanford said. "If you go this route, then you're setting up a kangaroo court."
Commission officials say Sanford will have every opportunity to defend himself. Any possible impeachment proceedings would be separate from the investigation by the commission, according to legal experts.
While Sanford repeated his intention to remain in office until his term expires in January 2011, his fellow Republicans have other ideas. In a letter
dated Sept. 10, state GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd, "on behalf of the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Republican Party," requested Sanford's resignation:
"When we badly need to focus on job creation, economic development and other reforms, your actions have led to an atmosphere that makes it impossible for you to advance our state in a positive manner. Spending the rest of your administration on defense provides fodder for political opponents that damages the Party as a whole and our candidates individually."
Earlier in the week, Speaker of the South Carolina House Bobby Harrell, along with most House Republicans, asked Sanford to resign.