Politics & Government

Sanford faces overwhelming call by state House GOP to quit

At least 60 of 73 S.C. House Republicans have signed a letter asking Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

The letter follows Tuesday's call by House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, for the Republican governor to resign. In June, a majority of Senate Republicans signed a similar letter. Sanford has said he will not resign.

At a meeting last month in Myrtle Beach, no House GOP member spoke in Sanford's defense. Republicans control the House.

"The direction of the caucus leaving that meeting was unmistakable," Deputy Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, said in a written statement. "Governor you have lost the support of legislators who have supported you through thick and thin."

The letter says Sanford's woes are a distraction that prevent other work from getting done.

Sanford has been under fire since a secret five-day trip to Argentina in June. Sanford later admitted an extramarital affair.

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