Gov. Sanford Censured by S.C. GOP: Breached Core Principles

July 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)– In a move that’s largely symbolic, but certainly damaging nonetheless, the South Carolina Republican Party officially censured Governor Mark Sanford for his recent conduct in abandoning his constituents and lying about it, to jet off to Argentina to be in the arms of his mistress.

Despite repeated calls for his resignation, Sanford has refused to resign, comparing himself to the biblical King David, suggesting if the King of Israel can have an extramarital affair and not resign, then so can he.

Colorful biblical references not withstanding, the S.C. Republican Party held an acrimonious four-hour teleconference call with party members voting in four rounds to decide on what action, if any, to take against Sanford for his very public transgressions.

The final votes were, 22 voting to censure Sanford, six voting for his resignation and nine voting for no action to be taken. Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd said, “…today has brought a large measure of resolution to a sad chapter in our State Party’s history.”

The GOP members decided that Sanford’s actions breached the public trust and violated the core principles of the Republican Party, but stopped short of calling for his ouster.

The full censure resolution is below:

“Whereas, the South Carolina Republican Party adopts this Resolution of Censure as a unified expression of the Party’s opinion in the recent matter relating to Governor Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr.; and

Whereas, the South Carolina Republican Party adheres to a set of core principles and beliefs, primarily but not exclusively expressed in our Platform; and

Whereas, the revelations regarding Governor Sanford’s private and public conduct demonstrate repeated failures to act in accordance with these core principles and beliefs; and

Whereas, Governor Sanford’s conduct, in addition to falling below the standards expected of Republican elected officials, has breached the public’s trust and confidence in his ability to effectively perform the duties of his office; and

Whereas, a formal admonishment by the South Carolina Republican Party is appropriate and necessary and, barring further revelations, will be the Party’s last word on the matter;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the South Carolina Republican Party does, with great regret, censure Governor Mark Sanford for his recent conduct.”



2 Responses to “Gov. Sanford Censured by S.C. GOP: Breached Core Principles”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 7th, 2009 4:26 pm

    Meaningless. The translation into plain English of the resolution is, “We’re embarrassed that yet another of our high0ranking Republican leaders got caught preaching one code of morals and practicing a different one, and we want people to think that we disagree with that behavior (even though our own behavior isn’t muhc different), but we aren’t going to do anything substantive about it, and now would you please all just forget that this ever happened.”

    Not good enough, South Carolina Republican Party. When President Clinton had an affair while in office, you were all after his head. Your lack of similar action in this case just proves that the Republican Party is the Party of hypocrites.

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