COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.
Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate.
As the saga of Sanford and his Argentine lover continues, the public, the governors political rivals and some allies are speculating about the governors mental stability and whether hes able to lead the state.
While mental health experts are reluctant to pin a diagnosis on the governor, their observations of his behavior suggest a chemical imbalance, narcissism and impulsive behavior.
Sanford has not sought professional mental health treatment, said Joel Sawyer, the governors spokesman.
But some fellow politicians are saying the governor needs help.
Thats a troubled man, said Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, a longtime Sanford ally who this year became frustrated at Sanfords refusal to take federal stimulus money. You can see it in his eyes and his body language. Im concerned about his mental well-being.
John Crangle, executive director of Common Cause South Carolina, called Sanford delusional and said it was obvious the governor has serious mental problems.
The idea that he could carry on this relationship and at the same time be governor, run the Republican governors association and have presidential aspirations, it shows an individual who has lost contact with reality, said Crangle, who has worked as a divorce lawyer. He sees no limitations. He can do what he wants.
One prominent Republican who is close to Sanford and has been in regular contact with him also has questioned the governors well-being. When your support is evaporating but your resolve (to stay in office) is increasing, thats a bad combination, said the source, who did not want to be identified.
Peeler cites the governors mental state as one more reason he should resign. Crangle said Sanford should at least take a leave of absence and get a psychiatric evaluation.
The state Constitution has measures for removing a mentally unstable governor, but thats not likely to happen in this case, observers said.
Still, people are talking.
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