Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sanford: 'The bottom line is this: I have been unfaithful to my wife'

As compelling as that was from a human drama standpoint, one significant question went unasked and unaddressed:

    "Who was governing the State of South Carolina while Sanford was out of the country?"
That, from a public policy perspective, is really the only issue.

Sanford had a moral resposibility to remain faithful to his wife, but he had a legal responsibility to the people of South Carolina. He left the state without leadership. In a crisis, South Carolina state government would have been paralyzed. That is a profound and fundamental failure to carry out the responsibilities of his office.

If Sanford feels he should resign as chair of the RGA, how does he justify staying on as governor?