SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Advises Mark Sanford to Leave

Former GOP presidential hopeful being urged to leave

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (Photo:

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (Photo:

At one time, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was one of the most vocal critics of President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He insisted that the best thing for the country was that Mr. Clinton step down, because his actions were “unconscionable” (say that in the most condescending, self-righteous tone possible and you’ll get the idea).

Was Sanford raking in extra cash (or at least pats on the back) from the conservative Christian, right-wing Republican, straight white American males (thank you, Todd Snider) that are his primary demographic? Considering he’s completely unwilling to take such a hard-line stance with himself after his own affair, he’s a hypocrite at best. That he also abused the public trust by abandoning his job and misusing taxpayer funds should open him up to criminal prosecution, let alone impeachment.

Lt. Governor Andre Bauer of South Carolina says it’s time for Mr. Sanford to go.


The Christian Science Monitor reports that Andre Bauer has officially requested that Mark Sanford take the best interests of his constituents into account and leave office. Otherwise, the circulating rumors of impeachment talk could become more than just rumors; it could “dominate next year’s legislative session instead of issues like the economy and job creation.”

Bauer is not the first Republican to voice this message. The Monitor indicates that back in June, 10 state senators said they wanted Sanford to step down. As of July 6, the South Carolina Republican Party voted to censure the governor. Yet Sanford remains, like an ox grazing in the grass. Not only does he consider himself fit for office, but he dared to invoke divine providence, saying that, “If the good Lord’s going to make changes in your life, you’ve gotta stick around for the process.” Unbelievable.

Is it true that the good Lord prefers South Carolina to Arkansas, Mark?

“Hiking the Appalachian Trail” is now etched in America’s popular consciousness. For Mark Sanford, it was a taxpayer-funded love-fest with María Belén Chapur in Argentina. Exercise in the hills will never be the same again, and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer thinks that’s the kind of embarrassment South Carolina can do without if it’s going to overcome to doldrums of the recession.

Oh, one thing that’s gone under the radar is that Sanford admitted during his confessionary press conference that he’d “crossed the lines” with a “handful of women” since he’d been married. So this isn’t a one-time mistake. But did he use other people’s money to fund those affairs, too?

And “The Family” is pulling the strings with Mr. Sanford

Yes, Sanford considered resigning. “Immediately after all this unfolded last week I had thought I would resign – as I believe in the military model of leadership and when trust of any form is broken one lays down the sword,” he said to the press. But – and it’s a big but – “A long list of close friends have suggested otherwise – that for God to really work in my life I shouldn’t be getting off so lightly.” Now that we know that he is being advised by the shadow religious group at C Street House, they’re telling him to rub his transgressions in the face of the people he is supposed to represent. Separation between church and state, anyone?

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Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has the right idea. Mark Sanford needs to be shown the door. He also should face criminal charges for using taxpayer funds for extra cash. Do it legally next time, Mark. Right here – just click the button.

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