August 12th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Mark Sanford fit to serve as S.C. governor?

 Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford should be impeached for abusing state finances.

So says a state senator who is also a fellow Republican. Senator David Thomas says the governor violated state regulations by billing South Carolina for business and first-class tickets on international flights during trade missions. The law requires officials to buy the cheapest seats possible. He also is accused of using state airplanes for personal and political travel, which he admits doing.

Governor Sanford acknowledges he "did wrong" and that "there are consequences for that.” But the weak-kneed rationale for his malfeasance in office is something along the lines of "other people have done this and even done it more often." It's the kind of logic used by people doing long stretches in prison for robbing banks. Other people did that too.

Of course, Sanford has been under fire since he mysteriously disappeared in late June. At first his office said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. A week later, in a rambling news conference, the governor admitted he was in Argentina with a woman he has been having extra-marital affair with.

At the time, people called on him to resign but Sanford said he planned to continue as governor and would try to fix his relationship with his wife and his 4 sons.

His wife Jenny has since moved out of the governor's mansion in Columbia and taken the four kids with her, but Sanford says they're not getting a divorce.

SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Is Mark Sanford no longer fit to serve as governor of South Carolina?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John in Anderson, Indiana
I don't care about his sex life at all. Not one bit. But if he wasted or misused one nickel of taxpayer money, he's got to go.

Mary in Florida
Sure he is fit to serve as governor. If you removed from office all men who have been unfaithful, there would be only women in higher office.

Let's face it. The Republicans are searching for anything they can find to get rid of this guy, before another election cycle passes and this looney tune is still in the news.

Joe in Missouri
Does hypocrisy disqualify you? My complaint with Sanford is that he is a hypocrite. He is like Newt Gingrich who judged Bill Clinton while he was doing the same thing or worse on the sly. Give me a straight-out sinner any day.

Carl in San Diego
Jack, I could care less about his affair. However, he either should have been impeached or resigned since he left his state, which he swore to govern and serve, without any notice of how he could be contacted. He let the people of his state down. If you or I just disappeared for a time from our job, without anyone knowing or able to contact us, we wouldn't have a job.

Ed in Cincinnati
It is not a question of being fit but rather a question of being effective. Given his baggage, he is and will continue to be ineffective. It is time for him to go.

Robert in Venice, Florida
Mrs. Sanford should divorce him, South Carolina should impeach him and throw him out, and he should fly to his soul mate in Rio where hopefully we would never have to hear of or about him again.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    Aren't we done with this topic yet? There are many more important topics to cover, especially since this has been asked and answered over and over again. Sanford needs to be fired, but no one is willing to do it because they are weak.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Rob of Brooklyn

    yeah right ! as about as fit as Palin was. birds of a feather if you ask me.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  3. debra

    Glendale, Arizona.
    If Governor Sanford used tax payer money for his own personal non government use, then he has abused his position and may have even broken the law....the fact that he is a lying cheating pig doesn't help either Jack.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  4. lola

    hope he resigns !!,,he may have a big/strong ego to do so..but I hope he does & puts the pcs. of his family back tigether...

    August 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  5. keallaigh

    He seems too irresponsible to me.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Jim Thomann

    Since Sanford does not appear to be nearly as sexually promiscous as Bill Clinton, Sanford is OK as a governor, but not qualified for higher office.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  7. Tony Chu

    Let me see if I've got this straight.
    The man abandoned his duty. He left his post for several days. He left his staff with no way to get in touch with him. He did not even inform his second-in-command to take over.
    He lied to his staff. He lied to his constituents. He cheated on his wife. He has scarred his children. He may have even spent taxpayers' money to do this. All while building a career based on loudly proclaimed family values and other hypocrisy.

    If that isn't proof that he's unfit – that he does not care about his responsibilities or the office that he occupies, then what does? Short of donning a Nazi uniform and eating his young I'm not sure what additional proof any objective democratic society, interested in governing FOR THE PEOPLE, would need?

    As a Canadian, I'm frankly astounded that this guy is still around. If Bill Clinton had done this....

    August 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  8. jenny

    Two words from my mother in law a South Carolina resident. "HELL NO".

    August 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  9. Carolyn Grant

    Mark Sanford needs counseling. He has too many issues and can't focus on North Carolina.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Was he ever? I don't care about the airplanes or the mistress, but his willingness to do the job of Governor. He does not seem to be willing, so he should quit.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  11. Paul Austin, Texas

    He is not fit to serve in any office. Here is a guy that was one of the first if not the first to want Bill Clinton put out but when he does his thing we all should give him another chance. I think not. Although the people of South Carolina should be aloud a special confidence vote and if he fails then throw him out with the rest of the dirty wash.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  12. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Frankly I don't think Mr. Sanford is fit to serve as manager of a fast food restaurant.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    Mark Sanford is a mess, if the man is not crying on tv he is photographed with his head hanging down low enough to hit pavement. This guy is not fit to serve lunch. He needs to get a flight to south america an smell reality.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  14. Rob in NC

    It now common practice for our elected officials to lie, cheat, and steal so this should be old news. I am only surprised that someone else hasn't already come along with their affair to make this one go away. I am not condoning this behavior and I believe he should be removed, however, if he is removed about 90% of our elected officials should go with him. Gone are the days of morals, ethics, and human decency – then we wonder why our country is in the state it is in. Rob in NC

    August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  15. Jack Carlson

    He should be removed if he does not leave willingly.
    Jack C

    August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    He's not fit to be dog-catcher, Jack!

    And it has nothing directly to do with his adultery - if adultery automatically made you unfit for public office, we'd have a lot of vacant seats in both the federal government and state governments! It has to do with his abrogation of his duties as Governor while off pursuing his adulterous relationship. South Carolina was without a Governor for days, and no-one knew where he was! Admittedly, with him out of the picture, if an emergency had arisen, his Lt. Governor would probably have stepped in, but imagine the parlimentary quagmire that would have caused!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  17. Doris/St Louis

    The people of SC voted him in, the people should keep him in, or VOTE HIM OUT!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Conor in Chicago

    I don't know. I don't live in South Carolina. I can say that he is unfit to serve as a model for the Republican strategy of convincing America that they are the "Party of Morality".

    August 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  19. Pamela holt

    Short and sweet, he'll no!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  20. Mellie in Phoenix

    I think he is fit to serve, but I think the people of South Carolina would prefer it if he would do the right thing and take care of his family.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  21. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Whether Sanford is fit or not that is up to the citizens of South Carolina. I doubt he will step down because of his new found infamy but then again there are now books, movies and such in the horizon. Infamy can pay in our country.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  22. Kim K

    Of course he should resign. Politicians have no honor.

    Camdenton, MO

    August 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  23. Ralph McFarland

    Fit you say? Why sure he is Jack. He's as fit and qualified as any other lying, cheating, unfaithful corrupt politician. These skills are pretty much the norm nowadays for these folks aren't they? And all at the expense of the taxpayers to boot!
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  24. Marlene

    I think he should do the people of So. carolina a favor and resign. His remaining months in office are going to be dogged with quetions about him, his effectiveness, and alleged wrong doings, if he doesn't resign. His standing as a leader is finished.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  25. Steve

    This man denied the citizens of South Carolina the needed benefit of the Stimulus Bill while he traveled the globe on tax payer funds and cheated on his wife. Bill Clinton was at least on the job, not in Argentina, when he supposedly committed an offense worthy of impeachment. If we impeach a setting President for a fling with a intern because he was not fit, is there really a question about a man who didn't represent the best interest of his constituents while at the same time having an affair with a woman abroad that he traveled to see on tax payer money?

    Clifton, VA

    August 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  26. Ed

    If fidelity were a requirement for holding office, Republicans would have no leaders left.


    August 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  27. Donna

    He is not even fit to babysit a mouse, how could he possibly be fit to run a state

    Aurora, co

    August 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  28. Ken in Mt

    Governor yes, Pope or God no.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  29. Jason, Koloa, HI

    He is fit for a new reality show. "Governor latin lover", live from the governor's mansion. Ten mistress' vie for the love of this sweet talking governor without his wife knowing.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  30. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Sure he is, if you wrap a larger U.S. Flag around him and stick a bigger bible in his hand and he'll be good for another 4 years. Unless of course, his actions speak louder than his hollow words.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  31. kishen c.rao

    If he has any shame, he will quit...if not, they need to impeach...what kind of democracy we are representing...guy who used tax payer's money for seeing mistress in south america...what kind of idiocy...we still want him as Governor??????some thing is wrong.....

    August 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  32. Jaime from Plantation, FL

    South Carolina deserves exactly what they elect. They elect a governer who campaigns on morality, then falls flat on it. They elect a legislature that talks tough, but when push comes to shove they can't stand up to a guy who just won't leave.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  33. Archie

    Undisputely YES! Sanford is not above the law and needs to follow suit with Palin to allow the state to move on! The Party is OVER! Why allow the state and South Carolinians to continue bleeding for a loss cause!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  34. Diane/Allentown PA

    I think Mark Sanford needs to leave. Ok, he had an affair, he obviously fell in love with this woman, his wife and sons have moved out and if that's not bad enough – he used taxpayer money to travel to see his mistress.

    I'd say he needs to step down. You can bet if and when he does, he won't be living in the US anymore.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  35. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Shouldn't only people from SC respond?

    August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  36. DeeDee

    I don't know if he's a distraction. I am tired of hearing about him. He lost me when he got on TV and talked about the great love of his life with no respect for what that could do to his wife and children.


    August 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  37. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    He's not fit to be a dog catcher! He's an accomplished liar, a serial cheater and should not be allowed to continue as governor of South Carolina. The residents of that state must be be so embarrassed and disappointed in the person they chose to run their state.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  38. John from Alabama

    Jack: Governor Sanford has not committed any offense which merits him being impeached. His Mark Sanford a stupid man, yes. He will not be a candidate for president for the Republican Party. Many politicans are in love with themselves and power of the office makes this ego trip even worse. The Republican Party is becoming a party of Newt, Limbaugh, and old white men. Oh, I am old white smart man.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  39. Alex in Seattle

    The bar of ethical conduct has certainly been lowered when those who impeached former President Clinton for lying about his relations with an intern are supporting this governor who was with his mistress on Fathers Day! Since sexually sleazy politicians like Clinton and JFK have been successful in public life I shouldn't condemn Governor Sanford for his private life if the people of South Carolina are willing to keep him. Maybe we are moving beyond our Puritan roots when our elected officials don't have to paragons of virtue too.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  40. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    He should do the honorable thing and step down but his ego won't let him so he'll either need to be impeached or lose in the next election. I guess that means that I don't believe he is fit to be anything other than a gigilo.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  41. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    No but not for what he did to his family. Because He was negligent in his duty to the people of South Carolina and left them in a perilous situation.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  42. Storm

    No, not in his current position. While I believe that personal and family issues should be kept out of politics, that almost never happens in reality. Sanford should step down for the same reasons that Sarah Palin said she was stepping down for. He has become a distraction and is making it difficult for anyone in his state government to get any work done.

    Fennville, MI

    August 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  43. Peg from NY

    He is NOT FIT to serve as Governor of South Carolina.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  44. Rick Medina,OH


    Most folks don't understand what it takes to develop as a politician. It starts with knocking on a lot of doors ... flipping a lot of pancakes ... and other grass-roots events. If you're good, you get elected, and move along a predictable path. To reach the level of governor of a state means you've done much right, and have nurtured many friends. To give up your family, plus all you've worked very hard for ... beyond comprehension. This guy is either a complete idiot or loves this woman from Argentina very much.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    August 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  45. shawnboles

    One would think that it would be up to the people that pay his salary.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  46. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    To paraphrase someone else once said, "If he can't take care of his own family, how is he going to take care of his State family?"

    August 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  47. Tina Tx

    I see why not. He fits the norm of all our elected officials. Lie, cheat, steal, run around on your wife and make a complete fool of yourself and forget about the poor folks who elected your silly behind.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  48. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    No. I'm waiting to see him on "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here", Argentina edition. He and Rod Blagojevich would make a great team.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  49. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    No he is not fit. But neither are many politicians who supposedly represent us. They all seem hell bent on pleasing lobbyists, filling their own coffers and then letting power go to their heads and putting the worst of their traits on public display. They seem to think they are above the law. The only ones paying any attention to the people are those at the IRS. They just want our money. Politicians don't care what we think until the next election rolls around. Then, briefly, they will want to be our best friend.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  50. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    Doesn't look like it. He doesn't seem to give a hoot about even those who voted him office.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  51. a.c. of La.

    Thats up to the people of South Carolina, I couldnt begin to guess what will happen. Im from Louisiana and we have Sen. David Vitter{R} who fessed up to a similar sin on national T.V. He is up for re-election next year and will probably win. Go figure Jack .

    August 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think he should be judged by South Carolina for how he has governed their state. If it cost the state one dime for his philandering then he should be impeached. I think he is a hypocrite for not practicing what he preaches and a scum bag for cheating on his wife. But that should be between him and his wife to settle.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  53. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Hey, I don’t know what goes on in SC, that’s their business. I got nuthin’ to say on the matter.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  54. Rae from Indiana

    That is up to the people in SC. I know I wouldn't want him but then again we have elected officials in my state that I don't want.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  55. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    Mark Sanford campaigned on the promise to change the way things are done in SC, but he seems to be unable to work well with others, so his entire term has been a series of battles with the legislature. He is so wrapped up in himself he was ready to sacrifice the education of the children of SC for his principles when the stimulus package was offered. Sneaking off to Argentina with no one in charge of the state was irresponsible. He was quick to condemn Bill Clinton for his zipper problems, then blubbered like a baby on national television when he had the same faulty zipper. Now it seems the taxpayers of our state have paid for his personal transportation. I ask you, would you want this man in charge of your state?

    August 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  56. Al, Lawrence KS

    Sure he's fit to serve as SC governor...other states?...not so much.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  57. j/NJ

    Is Mark Sanford no longer fit to serve as governor of South Carolina?

    Only in a very puritanical society can a politician's "fitness" be questioned or associated with his/her fidelity to a spouse or partner...unfortunately the news media doesn't get it but Mark Sanford's political fitness has nothing whatsoever to do with who, where, or when he has an affair...

    August 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  58. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I could care less.
    He is just another one of those hypocritical, bible thumping politicians
    that somehow seem to get elected.
    It is up to the people of S. Caroline to decide and if they continue
    to support him, well, that is their problem.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  59. Jayne

    When the governor takes a state plane to an appointment at the barber shop, it's time for him to go.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  60. john ............ marlton, nj

    Fit to serve? After looking around the answer is yes. Being stupid has never been a hurdle politicians needed to overcome

    August 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  61. Bill from Florence, Alabama

    I think the South Carolina Republicans who voted for him should have the final say.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  62. Tony from Torrington

    No more than Bill Clinton was fit to remain in the White House.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  63. Ken, MI

    That's up to Carolinians, not the nation or media.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  64. Sherri-Illinois

    Of course he is! I'll take a double-whopper with cheese, extra pickles and a bottle of spring water to go!.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  65. John the Republican

    No. He broke his marriage vows, broke the law and broke the public trust. Let him move to Argentina to be with his soul mate.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  66. James Turner

    Jack, It's about morals! Being able to make good moral judgments. This man has lied on so many levels? Is it possible he really thinks people are interested in his opinion? He needs to try and gather up enough courage do whats best for SC and resign from office!!! Anyone with similar bones in the closet needs to resign now! Before it gets out! Save your family the embarrassment!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  67. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    This will definitely depend on one's perspective. I'm convinced that most Democrats could easily forget about this entire scandal and say that he is fit to govern. However, I can see the GOP being split down the middle on this one where one half says he should be tarred and feathered and the other half simply looks the other way and says this requires our prayers. These are the same people who thought that our nation was going to hell in a hand basket during the Clinton Lewinski scandal. Ya know the type...the type that viewed Clinton's affair as a major moral failing while also thinking that Rush Limbaugh's illegal doctor shopping drug abuse problem is simply a little thing that just prayer. Especially when the charge against Clinton is by a congressional hypocrite (Newt Gingrich) who was also having an extra marital affair at the same time.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    August 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  68. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas

    Cheat on wife! No Problem!

    First Class Travel @ Taxpayer expense!!


    August 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  69. Andy in Florida

    That's up to the citizens of South Carolina, they are the ones who have to live with his decisions. But every time I hear this guy speak since he admitted his affair, I'm reminded of all the times he decried Obama for whatever reason. Turns out Obama isn't such a bad guy is he?

    August 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  70. Billy in Las Vegas

    Mark Sanford proved he was no longer fit to be in ANY public office when he turned his back on the people of South Carolina by playing his silly little political game of turning down federal stimulus money. it showed he has NO regard for the welfare of citizens of his state.

    the rest, from "Hiking to old Appalachian Trail" with his mistress in Argentina on the taxpayers dollar to using a state airplane for personal business, just proves what a complete phony hypocrite the man is.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  71. Kyle in Chicago

    Sanford's nuttiness and unethical behavior makes him even less fit to serve as governor than Sarah Palin.

    But at least she was honorable enough to step down.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  72. Pugas-AZ

    Maybe he never was. Let's buy him a oneway ticket to Argentina as soon a possible. Isn't love grand?.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  73. Jimmy

    Was Bill Clinton still fit to serve as President?

    August 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  74. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely not. With each new revelation Sanford becomes a bigger joke. He makes Illinois' Blagojevich look like Prince Charming. I say tar and feather this adulterous jerk and run him out of town on a rail.

    Gary H. Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  75. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Gee I remember this very same person saying to President Clinton that he should quit for the good of the Country. Isn't it funny that when its the other way around, people like Gov Sanford can't take their own advice.

    So NO he is not fit to govern.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  76. patrick in lansing,mi.

    A hummer didn't stop Clinton .Why should an affair stop this governor.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  77. Richard Sternagel

    No he's not fit because his time for the state's citizenry is compromised by his personal dalliances with women other than his wife. He should be impeached for his use of time and public money for this behavior!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  78. Cheryl Johns

    No, and not because he had an affair. He has shown to be totally irresponsible as to his duties as a governor as far as money and time. You don't just disappear when you are a governor. You don't run on fiscal acounntability and take plane rides to get a haircut, etc. Why is the MSM NOT covering C Street and the odd God-appointed-me-so-I-must-be-infallible-like-the-Pope thinking.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  79. Joe in MO

    Does hypocrisy disqualify you? My complaint with Sanford is that he is a hypocrite. He is like Newt Gingrich who judged Bill Clinton while he was doing the same thing or worse on the sly. Give me a straight-out sinner any day.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  80. Rebecca in SC

    He never was.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  81. K

    The way the news media and other politicians and do gooders are behaving you would think this man who is the first public official unable to keep his pants zipped. Personally, I am sick of this coverage and would like to know who in this world is perfect. The last time I looked only ONE perfect person ever walked this planet and I guarantee it is not a politicial, news media or any other human. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  82. Ed from Arnoldfornia

    I'm from Cali-forn-ia. I'll be happy to trade you!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  83. Cheryl in South Carolina

    Jack, here's the real story from a South Carolinian: Sanford is clearly unfit, but the consensus is that people don't want him impeached because our lieutenant governor may be even more unfit. Thanks, Republicans!

    Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  84. gal

    I think he is crazy and scary!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  85. Nuwan Samaranayake

    If he is over with that relationship and is emotionally stable to do his duties and if the SC people are happy with his handling of state matters then I think he is fit for his job. It is really upto the people of SC to decide that.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  86. Jay in Texas

    Whether or not he is fit to serve as governor, let's not forget that the people unwisely elected him and they should have to pay the consequences. So I believe that Sanford should continue to do the job he was elected to do at least until he is convicted of a felony.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  87. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida


    Without question adulterer Gov. Mark Sanford should be judged by the same standards he set for all others. Hypocracy is the highest form of prejudice.....

    August 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  88. Terry from North Carolina

    This guy was mentioned as a possible presidential canidate in 2012. At this stage in his career he should resign and stay in Argentina with his girlfriend, and stop wasting the South Carolina taxpayer dollars.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  89. Lucy

    It's not that he is no longer fit, it's that he was not fit to begin with. Clearly, the residents of SC weren't truly aware of the kind of man they were electing into office. It's pretty bad when people think you are too amoral to even be a politician.
    SF, CA

    August 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  90. Howard M.-Bolingbrook IL

    No, he is not. In accord with Republican values.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  91. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    How quick some people are to leave their moral compass at home when they go out....

    The leaders of our nation and states should be expected to abide by slightly higher morals than any other corrupt business person.

    Just where do we stop looking the other way?

    August 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  92. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: He is about a fit to serve as Governor of South Carolina as was Bill Clinton when he experienced his lovefest--it just a lovefest at a different political level--and believe me we have quiter a few "lovefesters" in political office. Sex, lies and videos--all comes with the political turf.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  93. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I'm not from South Carolina, but I wouldn't want him for my governor here.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  94. Sandra - Temecula, CA

    Are any of the people that serve, fit to serve? No, they are all a bunch of corrupt politicians who abuse our tax dollars.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  95. John Hulse

    I don't care about his sex life at all. Not one bit. But if he wasted or misused one nickel of taxpayer money, he's got to go.

    John Hulse
    Anderson, Indiana

    August 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  96. bobwhite in Kansas

    Gov. Sanford is as fit as any other hypocrit. If SC doesn't mind having a hypocrit for a governor and like the neo-conservative pain and obstruction, then the get what they deserve. If SC is so willing, why did the legislature over-ride his vetos? Maybe they're not all the same after all.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  97. andrea ,ca

    no he needs to go, maybe to argentina. he is no longer fit to serve the people of nc. he is a liar with no morales, and therefore he needs to go

    August 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  98. Ramses

    No.Absolutely not. He is not even fit for his wife.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  99. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    What a self serving, taxpayer money stealing, morally corrupt, unstable, goon. If someone did that in the private sector, I believe they'd be wearing handcuffs right now.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  100. Alex, Connecticut

    As Ted Stevens would say, NO!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  101. Nestor, Austin, TX

    He hasn't done anything that most politicians haven't done. Obama had his much publicized date at a taxpayer expense of probably half a million dollars. And extramarital affairs are so commonplace in Washington that I don't think anyone really bats an eye. I think he should resign, but because I think he needs to get his personal life in order. If he continues to stay on as governor, he is prioritizing his career over his family. I can't agree with that.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  102. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I'd say that he's done enough damage to South Carolina–not to mention his family. Aside from the affair, he obviously broke his own state's financial rules. He should resign or be impeached.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  103. barbara in tacoma

    His life is like a soap opera. everyday we hear more details about his love life, and his one true love his mistress.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  104. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: A huge NO to your question. How dare Mark Sanford put his personal shortcomings ahead of his governance. Unfortunateley South Carolina is often characterized as a poor state. With such a governor, it's a wonder they're doing as well as they are. This may turn out to be a David (SC) and Goliath (Sanford) exercise. I'm betting on David!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  105. Jackie in Dallas

    He’s not fit to be a dog-catcher, Jack!

    And it has nothing directly to do with his adultery — if adultery automatically made you unfit for public office, we’d have a lot of vacant seats in both the federal government and state governments!

    No, instead it has to do with his abrogation of his duties as Governor while off pursuing his adulterous relationship. South Carolina was without a Governor for days, and no-one knew where he was! Admittedly, with him out of the picture, if an emergency had arisen, his Lt. Governor would probably have stepped in, but imagine the parlimentary quagmire that would have caused! Not to mention the misuse of state funds, and all the other ethical questions about flying 1st class when he was all for turning down stimulus funds for his state!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Darren

    Why do we hold our elected officials to such low standards?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Sam of Florida

    He's having enough trouble trying to take care of his own personal
    problems. How could he possibly have the time to still govergn a state with all that is going on in his personal life right now.


    August 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  108. James O. Nodine

    Sanford is one of the biggest hypocrite living on this planet. Just what does the word "fit" take in? I wonder if he was to die today if St. Peter would find him "fit" to enter the Pearly Gates?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Tommy in Abilene Tx.

    He is as fit as my gov. Rick Perry.You know: Mr. I-wanta-secede?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  110. Gary SC

    All we heard during the last 2 years is " Govenors Run States" It's like running a business. The are smarter than Senators because they
    ' Run Things"
    Well Marc Sanford ran South Carolina into being the "Worst" in all catagories of a state. Education, crime, finances.
    Forget that he robbed us of money with his first class trips, Forget that he robbed us of our security by abandoning his post at home. Forget that he robbed us of any opportunity to save our schools and other programs the stimulas money would have helped.
    He has " Run " S.C. into a hole so deep we may never see light.
    Get out now Sanford. You are a loser and it's affecting our state.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  111. Maria

    If, by S.C law, Gov. Sanford used taxpayer dollars for illegal travel, et al, he should face whatever punishment the state has in place to prosecute these crimes.

    Sanford's asinine comment that since everyone did it in governorships proceeding his, that made it OK for him...sounds like he has Sarah Palin's foot in his mouth.


    August 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  112. frankie

    I still can't get past the fact that he left the country at a time of war without telling anyone. He and Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh should go and found their own country, somewhere else.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  113. Darlene Hill PA

    He's self serving, hypocritical, a liar and a typical republican politician. He's fits right in with the red state of SC.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  114. Robert - Venice, FL

    Mrs. Sanford should divorce him, South Carolina should impeach him and throw him out, and he should fly to his soul mate in Rio where hopefully we would never have to hear of or about him again.


    August 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  115. B. J.

    Nope, get him out! Anyone who uses the office or any of it's functionsn needs to be out of office and get someone in there that knows what loyalty means to his family, friends, and constituants. period

    August 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  116. Mary Adkinson - FL

    Sure he is fit to dserve as governor. If you removed from office all men who have been unfaithful, there would be only women in higher office.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  117. Mary Adkinson - FL

    Sure he is fit to serve as governor. If you removed from office all men who have been unfaithful, there would be only women in higher office

    August 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  118. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    It's up to the people of South Carolina to decide Governor Sanford's fate and I hope they do the right thing and dump him. He and his wife are doing everything they can to keep thei marriage together. They sleep and eat in separate rooms and take separate vacations.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  119. Mike from Denver

    As long as the definition of a politician includes being a liar and a cheat, he should be well qualified.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  120. Stacy from San Diego

    I always find it hilarious when a voice of the moral right ends up sticking their foot in their mouth. As to Mark Sanford’s fitness to continue as Governor of South Carolina, I say leave that to the will of the state’s voters. Humility is a wonderful thing.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  121. cy gardner

    He's a liar and a hypocrite and he doesn't think the rules apply to him. In short, the very model of a Republican office holder. What's the big deal? cy arlington, va

    August 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  122. Pablo in Arlington Texas


    Governor my eye! He ain't fit to serve biscuits and gravy! Maybe he should move to Texas. Next to our own Rick, "Governor Good Hair", Perry old Sanford don't look all that bad.

    Arlington Texas

    August 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  123. Diane West Palm Beach

    He needs to start packing and get a one way ticket to South America – His wife should sue him for everything he's got – and help to elect a Democrat to replace him as Governor of South Carolina – Sweet revenge! She should be glad to rid herself of him – Happy hiking Mark!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  124. David from Virginia

    If the man had any decency at all, he would have resigned by now. His hypocrisy is astounding.

    Unfit for office.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  125. Bryan from Georgia

    NO!!!!!! Not because he had an affair. If that were the reason – Washington DC would be a very Lonely Place!

    He should follow the same rules that he set along with Sen. Ensign for Bill Clinton. They have definitely lost ALL CREDIBILITY.

    I hope that you ask a question about Carl Rove tomorrow – because he is getting very tepid coverage on cnn.com.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  126. Ron from SF

    Jack, didn't you know that the Christian Crazies who are alumni of the C Street House aren't subject to the same rules as you and I? Yep, they are “the chosen” and can do what ever they want, in god's name. You really ought to look into Tom Coburn, John Ensign and the rest of the Wing-nuts who either life there or once lived there. They have a vision of world power that is down right looney toon and it lets them get away with whatever they want. It also explains much of the nuttiness of the Republican party.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  127. Frank Fairview, Texas

    Jack I am not really sure if mark Sanford was EVER fit to serve as governor. His private life is one thing but stealing from the people of South Carolina is another thing all together. In the famous words of Mr. Wizard (and I am sure you will remember Mr. Wizard Jack), Drizzle, drazzle, drozzle, drome
    Time for this one to come home.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  128. Gina in Racine, Wi

    seeing how many of the "birthers" are from SC.....yes.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  129. Pauly


    But how many of our elected officials are, regardless of their party affiliation?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  130. Need4trth San Francisco, CA

    SC Republican Governor needs to be impeached. Period. He used SC funds to fund and affair. Pretty simple. Fire the guy.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  131. KD

    He should be fired!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  132. Gigi

    Too much old information Jack. Take a vacation and let him do what the others did before him . Regroup


    August 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  133. PAT California

    NO! This man has committed the greatest sin against his wife. That wasn't bad enough. but the idiot went on national TV professing his undying love for his homewrecker, mistress. He let his state, his wife and children down, yet he thinks he should be kept in office. No, he can't be trusted or believed. I certainly wouldn't want him as my Governor!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  134. James in San Diego

    Given the mess they have created in the last 30 years, is any Republican fit to serve in any office?


    August 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  135. Terry

    Mark Sanford is not fit to serve as dogcatcher (apologies to dogcatchers) much less governor. South Carolina's government is broken; otherwise, he would have already been impeached. Here, the people have nothing to say about it. Incompetent politicians rule!
    Terry in Beaufort, SC

    August 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  136. Bob


    Your question is based on the premise that he was at one time qualified. His recent conduct proves your premise wrong.

    Louisville, Ky.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  137. Ruie - Brownstown, MI

    Dear Jack:

    Governor Sanford should've been impeached after returning from his little "South of the Border vacation" for betraying the trust of the people and using public funds. However, he of course, being a member of the inner circle of "The Family", cannot sin - therefore HE'S done nothing wrong - he is a chosen one after all. You know, I'm getting kinda tired of this type always claiming THEY'RE the victims.

    Mom always said "You made your bed – you have to lie in it."

    August 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  138. Robert

    This is a tough one, NO. He is not. He is another example of bad government in action. This man is a hypocrite and liar, is that what Good Government is about?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  139. T. G. from the virgin islands

    No. It's bad enough he had a affair with another woman, but he he may used government money to finance the affair. Also, he had become too much of a distraction, like Rod Blagogavich.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  140. Stephanie from Orlando, FL

    I think that is a question for the voters of South Carolina and unless you live there it is none of your business.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  141. Kevin Washington

    This politician is corupt what else can be said ,lied to the people
    lied to his staff., lied to his family ,the conservatives should be having town hall meeting on this issue ,instead of disrupting the health care issue.
    they need to clean their own house,and stop the hate.

    kevin CA.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  142. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    No he is not fit to serve.There are some things I can't say in print so I shall just say he is a very sorry human being.If his wife and children can't trust him how can we and WHY should we ??

    August 12, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  143. Ryan from Wisconsin

    I don't think this would even be a question if he hadn't been in an affair. If the travel expense thing has been allowed to go on for as long as he has said, he should just be made to follow the rules as they are stated. Impeachment is a bit much...

    August 12, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  144. Bryan from Colorado

    Absolutely he's fit. The criteria for any elected public official is multiple affairs, sex in public restrooms, lying to federal investigaters, accepting bribes, spending tax payers money on personal things. In fact when he is done with politics, he will be highly qualified for employment with any goverment contractor. I thought we already knew the answer to this.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  145. Hans

    He should resign and not put his state through the expense of an impeachment. Then he could go on tour with Sarah, work on salvaging his marriage or go hiking in Argentina.

    Hermann, MO

    August 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  146. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    He says they're not getting a divorce? He also said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
    Does anyone actually think he gave up The Argentinian Soulmate? Does anyone know if he paid her off to lay low?
    Men in powerful situations don't give up what they really want.
    Sanford is an embarrassment, and God knows America has had enough of them in the past decade.
    T'row da bum out!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  147. Mark, Worcester MA

    South Carolina's government is being stalled by this mess, but any replacement's term is going to be permanently marked as being just that – a replacement, just look at New York. They're screwed and it's his fault, and he surely won't be re-elected. But I really don't think it matters whether he's in office or not for the meantime.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  148. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    If Mark Sanford had any honor left in him, he would resign his office, immigrate to his 'soul mates' country and live somewhat happily ever after. As a result of his transgressions and as a condition for his exit visa he would be required to write a fact sheet on immigration policies of South American nations within 180 days of his departure. May as well get something positive out of his disgrace.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  149. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    He's just as fit as Teddy 'Chappaquidick' Kennedy, Barney 'prostitution ring' Frank, and Charlie 'tax evasion' Rangel.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  150. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    That cheatin chaser is not fit to be dog catcher.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  151. Dolores Surprise AZ

    Anyone that can condem another politician, as he did Bill Clinton, then do what he did, should not serve. Anyone can make a mistake, but don't be a hypocrite ...

    August 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  152. Cameron in SF, CA

    Hard to say. There are others with no conflict in their life who are not fit to serve in any legislative position. My biggest concern is for those children who no longer have a father in the house with them everyday.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  153. Lissa in Houston

    No, because he is a Christian zealot that is secretly following the teachings of a cult . His C-street 'mentors' are Doug Coe and the Fellowship, or the Family. Their list of beliefs are nazi-like, and their agenda is clearly illegal. Sanford and the other disgraced C-street 'tenants' (can you be a tenant if you are living in a church?) are interacting with world leaders using this 'church's' money, ideas and agenda. Why they aren't all in jail I don't know.......

    August 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  154. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    Was he fit to be governor before he confessed his affair in Argentina? That is the question only his constituents need to answer. His private life is his shame to bear. He was just being a normal man going through a middle aged crisis.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  155. Terry from Illinois

    Yes the Governor is fit to run the state of South Carolina. Your and my personal lives have nothing to do with our job duties and neither does an elected official.
    Unfortunately, the Republicans chased Bill Clinton and his personal life that they now are obligated to eat their own party members !!!

    August 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  156. Scott Stodden

    Waz he ever fit to serve as Governor of South Carolina? No. If Gov Sanford stays Governor of South Carolina then the state of Illinois should all charges against Rod Blagojevich and let him be Governor again. This has been nothing but a circus in South Carolina, he left the state without telling anyone where he was at, what if an emergency broke out and no one knew where he was at. South Carolina if your listening IMPEACH MARK SANFORD IMMEDIATLY and thats not only my opinion right Jack?

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  157. Linda Richards

    Our governors should be able to fly business class but the law should have been changed before he did it. And maybe those faulting him for it should have been complaining about his predecessors as well, but no, he is not fit to run office. He's a hypocrite and a liar. He should resign as he would have asked any democrat who had done the same thing to do. In fact, the republicans have been downright sympathetic and supportive of other republicans who fail to meet the standards seemingly just set for democrats.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  158. cj

    He should resign. That is all I am going to say.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  159. Jack Kramer in California

    Mark Sanford has lost his credibility, and not just because he was a bad husband. His antics of going AWOL on his state and coming up with bizarre stories, along with his pathetic news conferences has taken away people's ability to take him seriously. He has shown himself to be a complete narcisist. He seems to think that he is irrepalaceable as governor of his state. No one is irreplaceable, especially him.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  160. Ed

    That's a decision for South Carolinians to make. But I can tell you this, if I were a South Carolinian, my answer would be no.

    Ed, Calhoun, GA

    August 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  161. Donald Hastings

    Greenville, SC

    Gov. Sanford stated his use of the State plane was justifies because s other politicians politicians used it the same way.

    This sounds like a 3 year old reply when asked why he did something wrong. He did it first so why cant I?

    My question is this: if a fellow politician jumped off a bridge, would you?

    August 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  162. Jean OK

    Personally, I don't think he is, if they keep him in office it will continue to be termoil for their state. However, the decision will and should be left up to those he serves in S.C.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  163. vern-anaheim,ca

    govenor sanford of south carolina should be impeached and removed from office .he cheated on his wife and family and is "the scum of the earth"his wife and family should get rid of this low life as fast as possible,they will all be better off without a "cheating"husband and father,he should go back to his mistress in argentina

    August 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  164. Ralph Nelson

    Absolutely agree Jack, the guy is a 50 pound turkey. And this guy had plans to be our next president. We should all be thankful that another Argentine firecracker did us a favor. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  165. Jerry

    Jack, That should have been done by now, But these far Right wingers or the Family think that they were picked by God. He needs to be impeached He's a Loser. Jerry / Iowa

    August 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Mandy

    No, he should resign or be impeached. If neither of these happen by the end of the month, he should be brought up on charges.

    His morals, or lack of same, and his relationship with his family are not my concern. He has several things he must answer for to the people of SC.

    He left the state in the lurch when he headed off on his "hike of the Appalachian trail" via Argentina and lied to state officials as to his whereabouts – dereliction of duty. He used the state plane for private jaunts – malfeasance in office. He broke SC law by flying business/first class – criminal offense. He's kept this nonsense going by continuing in office – gross stupidity.

    The one thing he has done right was show the country how hypocritical the C-Street gang is. That seems to be the only "Family" he cares about

    August 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  167. Carole Ellis

    If his wife doesn't want him, why should hte people of South Carolina?

    August 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Denis Duffy

    No! Next question, please.

    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Think the best he could for the people of South Carolina is to resign. He has too many personal issues & apparently thinks he is above the state's regulations with regard to travel expense. He has been very critical of the behavior of others respect to personal life & frugality, but thinks those values and laws do not apply to him. Not a public servant I can respect or trust.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  170. Teri in Palm Coast FL

    He isn't fit – whether mentally or by the results of how his state is doing. But it's up to the people of South Carolina to stand up for themselves. If they would make as much noise as some of those at these health care town halls, maybe he'd do a Palin and the rest of us wouldn't have to hear about him every night on the news.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  171. David in Natchez

    I don't know that much about South Carolina. Maybe he is the best they expect. Personally I wouldn't want him dateing my sister or depositing my paycheck.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  172. Kevin Felder


    This is a no brainer! Hell no! In fact, he should be impeached and extradited to Argentina!



    August 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  173. Dan, Chantilly VA

    If he had any job in this country other than politician he would have been fired a long time ago. Pretty sad that we hold politicians to lower standards than the manager at the local Dairy Queen.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  174. Akash Singh

    Absolutely not. If you go have an affair in Argentina, leaving no message and the South Carolinian people without any leadership, then you do not deserve t be in office. As for his family leaving the Governor's Mansion, I do not blame them. Idiot.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  175. Nakisha Charlotte,NC

    No he isn't fit. Not because of the affair, because many men in high positions have had them before, but because he has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and he refused to take Stimulus money to help his own people. Furthermore, he also tried to stop the extension of unemployment benefits to his own people as well. If the citizens of South Carolina aren't working, and you cut off any means to creating jobs as well as any way to survive until you can get one, then why should you stay Governor?

    August 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  176. Mary Ann, Columbia SC

    H- no. He never has been fit. It's all a swan dance for him. The affair being the latest. Another situation will come up when the legislature returns...another swan dance. He has 2 things on his agenda for his last term...2. We all know what one of them is.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  177. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Was Mark Sanford fit to serve one year ago? The only thing new is that we know that he has been having sex.
    Should sex make one un-fit to serve? The Roman Catholic Church says yes in regard to its Priests. Let’s hear from a few Protestant ministers.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  178. Jim


    With his demonstrated record of sleaziness and infidelity, the only thing Sanford is fit to serve as is a conservative republican.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  179. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    He's still the same person that WAS doing the job before all that stuff. Hey, they elected him...now they're saying; "oh, maybe we made a mistake".

    August 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  180. Julie from L.A.

    Mark Sanford is a liar, a philanderer, and a hypocrit. No, he isn't fit to serve as governor of South Carolina.

    As head of the RNC or a rightwig radio host though?

    Yes, he'd be perfect.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  181. Jim in Portland

    Was he ever fit?

    August 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  182. M Fowler

    A thief is a thief. If he used money wrongfully, that is the same as steling it. We don't need him running our state.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  183. Allen, Cypress, Texas

    Who cares about Mark Sanford. Whatever happens to him is between him, his wife, and the people of South Carolina. As far as I'm concerned, he's been proven to be a hypocrite along with all his "C – Street" club members. I'm more concerned about more meaningful things like healthcare.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  184. Duane Lock Haven PA

    Many Americans have an extra-marital affair or two. this is a private mistake. Wastfull spending is a mistake the voters should be told about. If others are doing it more often than Stanford teii us about it. Don,t wait for them to have an affair

    August 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  185. Nancy

    As with others before him who did not leave office, he should be ashamed AND out!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  186. Kooky in CA

    Sanford should be out of office, if not sitting in the slammer. His hypocritical logic kind of reminds me of Dick Cheney’s assertion that breaking the law on torture saved our lives. Why aren’t both of them in orange jump suits somewhere?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  187. jayne in SC

    Not condoning his behavior but if that is the criteria then Bill Clinton should have resigned. He picked Easter weekend not Father's Day. How many other members of Congress or the administration would be guilty?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  188. Kate R in SW Fla

    Let's face it. The Republicans are searching for anything they can find to get rid of this guy, before another election cycle passes and this looney tune is still in the news.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  189. Annie, Atlanta

    Not according to Mark Sanford, apparently. He's been gaming the system to his benefit, to the detriment of the good people of SC. Wake up neighbors! Your best interests aren't his concern. Case in point: The way he treats his family. If he can't be decent to them, where does that leave y'all?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  190. Aaron

    He is still fit to serve so long as he does not commit any more surprisingly negative stuff. To forgive is devine. A president was once forgiven over a slightly similar event so lets give him a chance too.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  191. Nick

    Sanford is a liar, a cheat, a womanizer, untrustworthy , tax money waster, out of touch slim ball politician. Of coarse he is fit to be governor, he is just like he rest of them, only he got caught .........NEXT !

    August 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  192. Bob

    Sanford should resign, along with all the other congressman , period. Every congressman , senator hold up your hands under oath , how many of you are having affairs or had them, under oath many hands would go up, or the commit purjury.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  193. David Hamrick

    After Bill Clinton and Monika, what does " fit to serve" even mean? Our country is in an accelerating downward spiral.

    David– Colorado

    August 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Carl from San Diego

    Jack, I could care less about his affair, however, he either should have been impeached or resigned due that he left his state, which he swore to govern and serve, without any notice of how he could be contacted. He let the people of his state down. If you or I just disappeared for a time, from our job, without anyone knowing or able to contact us, we wouldn't have a job. Why should politicians not be held accountable like the rest of us? People put their trust in him, he failed. He's a disgrace to the state.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Connie , FL

    Jack, It really is up to the citizens of S.C. It seems doubtful that most of them will not think being unfaithful and lying causes an atmosphere of distrust around him and it would follow that it could taint his governing of the state. I don't think they will want him to stay.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  196. john

    All politicians and small children know this.......
    If you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar
    the jar is taken away from you and placed out of your reach....
    No one expects the cookies back........
    but the jar is gone.....
    the Governor is done.....
    Toronto Canada......

    August 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  197. linda

    Ya, that guy is full of it! Out ...On another note your health care system does not work because of the "for profit" element. Take the for profit out and you can work it out. B.C. Canada

    August 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  198. Steve in Mt. Pleasant

    Jack: The bible thumping, C Street living, Christian Bible studying, lying, cheating, stealing, Promise Keeping, hypocritical, adulterous Luv Guv WAS never qualified to be Governor.

    The public education system in SC was designed to produce a semi literate population that would keep "good republicans" in office.

    p.s. My wife just complimented me on restraining myself.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  199. Karl from SF, CA

    Shame is not in the Republican Play Book as obvious by the current batch like Sanford and his Republican skirt chasers. If he doesn’t want to leave voluntarily, then it's up to his constituents to encourage him with impeachment and possible felony charges. He can go from the state house to the state pen.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  200. Frances

    No and he doesn't know when to stop talking.......

    August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  201. gerry in georgia

    His wife has to hook an electronic monitor to him just to know what country he's in. how can the rest of the state trust him to tell the truth. The man's a pathological lier just like John Edwards. The only way you get the truth outta them is to catch 'em red handed.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  202. Becky

    This should be a no-brainer, Jack. I'm from SC, about 30 miles from Columbia. The people that don't want Sanford impeached are the ones that say "he's just the one that got caught" about his affair. But the issue isn't the adultery as much as it is the lying. He wasn't there for us to take the stimulus money Obama offered without being forced to do so and didn't want to take the unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed in this state (remember, we're #3 in the nation) and if that wasn't enough to make SC the laughing stock of the country, the lying about where he was (he was hiking alright) and not being available to anyone who might need him as Governor of SC, is the biggest problem. The fact that he was hiking in Argentina instead of the Appalachian Mountains was just the icing on the cake. Seems the lying and the affair(s) are totally against what he allegedly stands for, don't you think? And he wants us to BELIEVE him and TRUST him on any and everything else for this state? Give me a break! So the answer is NO, he isn't "FIT" to serve as Governor, as husband, nor as father. Sorry Sanford, you brought all of this one on yourself.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  203. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    yes,he needs to go.He is not fit to be Governor.That what wrong with men like him alway spending to much money just because the men befour him spent he think he can to and get by with it. He sure wanted Bill Clinton to resign so he need to look at himself aand get the heck out.I hope his wife and kids stay away they don't need a stupid father like he is.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  204. Frank Glover

    He was wrong and admitted it. He isn’t perfect, few are. As a South Carolina resident I feel he should be able to keep his job for now. Everyone deserves a second chance when they are trying.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  205. Andre Kenji

    I think that should be decided by the people of the glorious State of South Carolina, but, c´mon, I live in Brazil. The Brazilian leg of his trip makes no sense too. If the purpose of the trip was related to ethanol then he should have visited somewhere outside the rich areas of the city of São Paulo, where there is no sugar field nor a refinery. Why didn´t he visit the city of Ribeirão Preto, the country´s capital of ethanol? Why didn´t he visit other states of the country that produces ethanol?

    I´m afraid that the whole purpose of that South America trip was to visit her mistress. That´s really bad. Even for the low standards of MY country.


    Itatiba-São Paulo-Brazil

    August 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  206. Dee in Florida

    Why not? The people of SC elected him and they deserve to get what they asked for!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  207. Doug Walton

    I see.... Sanford is an R... It appears that once again the media has decided to pick on an R... Did media go this crazy when a D did the same thing? Think Bill Clinton... What he did was much worse. He did it to America and in OUR house. At least Sanford had the decency to do it out of the country......

    August 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  208. Melissa

    Jack, anyone who has been watching this debacle since it began, can tell you that we are actually watching the self-destruction of not a politician, but a man. He needs to resign from office and the public eye and work on trying to save what's left of his marriage and his sanity while he's at it.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  209. Caryn from SC

    President Clinton not only had an extra-marital affair, but lied about it under oath and got to keep his job. Why should a governor be held to a higher standard than the President of the United States?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  210. Art in WV

    Is Sanford fit to serve as governor? Was he ever? He's a Republican!

    Besides, isn't that a question really just for South Carolinians?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  211. Ed in Cincinnati

    It is not a question of being fit but rather a question of being effective. Given his baggage he is and will continue to be ineffective. It is time for him to go.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  212. Henry Schwarzmann

    Jack, We see fit to see South Carolina as having the largest unemployment rate in the South, having a Gov. who lies and cheats, therefore sadly we see fit to remain ignorant and stupid, and conclude that He will not be holding a town meeting in the distant future.

    Karl from SC

    August 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  213. Lona in Louisville

    Well – let's see – did he have the affair in the Oval office? I not I say "get over it" and worry about issues that really matter!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  214. Linda Secrist

    Mark Sanford has dishonored his family, state, elected post, party,and country. Republicans project an image of high morality and values. The last time that I read the Bible, one of the Ten Commandments is "Thou shalt not commit adultery." We cannot pick the commandments that we want to follow and ignore the rest. That is hipocritical, turns off the constituents, and he has lost the respect of those that he represents. He has dishonored the most important job that he had and that is the one of
    "father." If it is proven that he mishandled the people's money, then he does not deserve to continue as governor.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  215. Aj

    Heck no

    August 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  216. John in Charleston

    He is a disgrace to his family, his state, and to the core of marriage. Why the man persists in clinging to his office calls to mind of just what is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  217. David in SC

    Mark Sanford was never fit to be Governor. He finally has proven it. This is a guy that refused stimulus money for the state to help teachers and police officers, but was fine with using tax-payers money to fund his personal trips around the state. Unfortunately he thinks too highly of himself to resign and will need to be impeached.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  218. Joseph - Lindenhurst, NY


    I'm not so sure about being Governor of South Carolina, but based on some of those love letters that were published in the local newspaper, I believe Mark Sanford has a bright future writing romance novels.

    – Joseph

    August 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  219. Jocelyn McCoy

    Mark Sanford is obviously despicable on a personal level, but no more culpable than Bill Clinton was in the Monica Lewinsky affair. And Sanford has not lied to a Federal Grand Jury. (Scooter Libby was sentenced to prison for lying to a grand jury. Clinton didn't even get a slap on the wrist.)

    JDM, Lafayette, In.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  220. Dickson

    Of course he should leave office Jack. Firstly how can a father leave his kids on fathers day to go be with his mistress? Secondly,
    Mr. Sanford should be fired for misusing state finances and abusing the peoples trust, he knew about the laws regarding air travel, but just disobeyed them anyway. This just goes on to show how much our leaders are out of touch with their constituents. That just makes me wonder wether he thought nobody will ever find out.

    Thanks for a wonderful job Jack.

    Dickson, Norway.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  221. Eugene Lamana

    If we are going to use the standard that the way a person conducts his or her personal life while in office should not be used to measure their capabilities and effectiveness , then lets apply it to all, not just the ones we don't particularly care for.

    Otherwise ,we can rewind back to the events of the Clinton era, and the malfeesence conducted with interns and the boldface lies to the citizens of the U.S.

    I for one am tired of politicians who lack character and forget who they work for. But, I am more troubled by those who are quick to apply double standards no matter how low they have to go to do so.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  222. Jeri Burch

    I live in North Charlesotn,SC and Mark Sanford needs to resign immediately. He has become a big joke in the state and no one will ever trust this man again. He was so critical of Bill Clinton's actions with his affair and then he went out and did the same thing. He used to profess himself to be such a "husband and family man" and then on Father's Day weekend–where was he, but with his mistress.
    No one will ever respect this man again and the latest articles about his misuse of the state airplane was the last straw. He needs to step down ASAP.

    Love your show and try to catch it everyday before I leave for my job as an RN doing 12 hr shift nearby.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  223. Maude

    Mr. Sanford didn't follow the rules, though he expects South Carolinians to live by them. "Any aircraft that is owned or operated by the State Government shall be used only for official business." Flying to and from his favorite discount hair salon for a haircut seems to me as abuse of government funds. We deserve a better governor than that!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  224. Lee in MN

    It's called GOP double standards.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  225. Gregory Miami Beach, FL.

    He's not fit to do much let alone be governor, I wouldn't trust him to walk my dog! If a person makes a mistake, that's ofcourse acceptable depending, but how you overcome your mistake and effectively deal with it can win you more acclaim that you had before the mistake. This guy is a bumbling fool. I have no idea how how made it this far and why do his constituents allow him to remain? Isn't the Lt. Governer there for when the Governer loses his mind. Get Sanford an exam to see if he has mental stability! Hurry before he embarrasses South Carolina even more!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  226. Kimberley

    Sanford should step down. This is a pattern of behavior and he needs to be called on the carpet. If I were to repeatedly abuse my expense account at work in the private sector, I would be subject to termination. I expect no less from public servants. Some elected officials seem to think it's a right rather than a privilege to hold office.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  227. Harry ndichu

    Am a kenyan and i really dont understand americans .you want 2impeach a governor 4having extra marital sex while using xtra cash for 1st class air tickets.....while you dont see why its neccesary to impeach a president who causes unecessary deaths of thousands of americans and more deaths of iraq-ies by intentionaly lie-ing about non-existing WMD's and using billions and billions of your taxes for this oil driven war..... Its no wonder your economy is in the ICU.!...

    August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  228. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    We don't know how promiscious he was either. He just got caught this time. Don't compare his style to Bill Clinton.....

    August 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  229. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Of course he should be impeached, and prosecuted. But he won't, and we all know why; these kind of actions are now considered the accepted norm. Maybe I'm being negative because of the State I'm from, but let's be real here, it's not exactly just Illinois that's corrupt is it? How many years have we all been witness to this nation-wide, and done nothing about it. Heck, look at all the recent laws that have been enacted that protect these guys (& gals) from ever being even wrist-slapped for the things they do. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  230. Karen, Nashville

    Nobody who thinks they have the good Lord's blessing to do anything they please belongs in government. Sanford is no exception. It's amazing that so many people think this is all about some kind of marital problem. Has it not occurred to them that the people of South Carolina must be able to find their own governor should an emergency arise?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  231. danielle

    he needs to go! as a resident of s.c. he's an embarrassment. tell me jack, if you walked off from your job would you-SHOULD you have a job to come back to?i think not. btw, his wife jenny is sillier than he is for staying as long as she did. "i have to try to fall in love with my wife again"... what a joke. have you ANY pride, woman?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  232. Steve

    What makes him any diffrent from the rest of the crooks in washington. They all should be sent packing

    August 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  233. Jacques


    Absolutely not his credibility has going down in the toilet, he suppose to be a social conservative that advocated for family values. This is Hypocrisy of another politician.

    Springfield, MA

    August 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  234. Ronald Holst

    Jack This man Is A Christan at least on the right OK OK The Far right but since that Is the Case he should be forgiven ,
    Give Me a Break He Is A hypocrite but It looks like the nuts are running the country or at least still trying to and I know ,That Make Me unpatriotic, But If that is what they want then let them have him .

    August 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  235. Fernando Flores

    Seems that the Gov. doesnt care what we think. If South Carolinians dont kick him out thats their problem. I dont think this an issue for all of the U.S..

    August 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  236. Mark in NY

    This question presumes he was fit to hold it in the first place, and his actions seem to indicate he wasn't.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  237. Frank Nardo

    Is Sanford doing his job as governor? if yes he should be allowed to continue, what happened in his private life is not for me to judge, if he used public property or public funds, pay it back. this wouldn't be the first time by a politician to use public funds or property in an inappropriate way, and last for those who want to judge him for his morality get a life. Let the next elections decide his future.
    Cape Coral

    August 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  238. Maggie

    Mr. Sanford is a full-fledged narcissist with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). I was married to one of those political types and they seem to think the rules don't apply to them. He will never resign and the other NPDs in office share the same disorder and won't impeach him. Best thing to do - stop talking about him and leave him alone. Let him live in the mansion by himself and finish up his term, quietly. Let's move on, please ....

    August 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  239. Scott, Oklahoma

    Geez, how many red flags have to be raised before the people of South Carolina demand for better representation than this dude. Where's Kenneth Starr when you need him? Most people would want a man governing their state to be a good role model. This guy is on his own and impeachment would restore S. Carolina's image.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  240. Ed Centner

    Sanford is as qualified and should stay in office as Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Cool cash Jefferson, Mayor Berry and too many others to list! How dare you Libs make such a big deal out of this, take care of your crap!

    August 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  241. Ed Sause Montana

    He is the face of the GOP.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  242. Pat Noto

    I live in South Carolina and I NEVER thought he was fit to serve as Govenor. But have you paid attention to most of the elected officials in this state? Most are right-wing nut jobs! So, Sanford use to fit right in. But NOW there is scandal and some of these nut jobs are angry. I suggest they think more about their economic well being before throwing another vote away. It won't happen! They'd still elect Strom (The Hypocrite) Thurmond if he were alive.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  243. Tracy

    Well Jack I believe it is good for the country to see the republican party for what it is hypercritical selfish wind bags so let him stay works for the Dems

    August 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |