Commentary: Sanford not fit to lead

Governor Sanford of South Carolina admitted he had an affair.
Governor Sanford of South Carolina admitted he had an affair. Erik Campos/The State/MCT

The S.C. General Assembly should take a page out of Jenny Sanford's playbook.

If Gov. Mark Sanford doesn't resign, the General Assembly should kick him out of the governor's mansion for the same reasons his wife kicked him out of the family mansion.

He's no longer fit to lead.

Maybe he can save his marriage. After reading his wife's account of events — she discovered the affair by accident, he begged to go back to Argentina, she warned him not to, and she was "devastated" to find out he had — repairing his family will be a full-time job.

But what's also obvious from Jenny Sanford's account is that the governor has lost his hold on reality, that he is so infatuated with "Maria" that he risked everything else to see her, including neglecting his executive duties.

I initially thought Sanford had simply made a mistake like many before him. That's no longer the case.

Mr. Principles has called for the resignation of other politicians caught in similar affairs, for moral and leadership failure.

How can he not apply his standards to himself?

And he has to stop talking about God. This isn't a time for lectures. All that matters is how he makes amends, not the number of Bible verses he can recite.

I thought that after a few days to process the damage he has inflicted upon the state, he'd stand up on the principles he's always espoused and walk away from office and back to his wife and children.

He hasn't and says he has no plans to. But he's lost his moral authority, his greatest asset. He's easy pickings for any of his plentiful political enemies, which makes him too weak to serve.

The man lied to staff and dodged the state police for a trip to see his mistress.

He went to Argentina on the public's dime and was trying to find ways to make more trips. Those are not the actions of a governor, but rather a love-sick teenager who has lost all hold on reality and doesn't give a darn about the damage he'd cause, as long as his heart got its way.

For the past year, when he was receiving praise from conservatives about his stance on the stimulus money, he wasn't even our

acting governor. He didn't try to stop the economic bleeding in South Carolina. He didn't show up at the tourism conference during a time when our No. 1 industry needs all the help it can get.

He doesn't have the trust of legislators or of the people of this state. He certainly doesn't have mine.

He's no longer fit to lead.

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