Push for Sanford's resignation surges among Republican lawmakers
Sixty-one of 72 Republicans in the South Carolina House of Representatives are calling for Governor Mark Sanford to resign. The Republican governor received the news in a letter from House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham. The letter tells the governor that his actions and allegations against him reveal a pattern of poor decision-making and questionable leadership, and is "harming the stability of the state." Sanford's spokesman dismissed the letter. He says many who signed it have consistently tried to undermine the governor's authority. A majority of Republican state senators have also called for Sanford's resignation after he disappeared for five days to visit his mistress in Argentina. Since the scandal broke in June, Sanford has been dogged by allegations that he violated state travel regulations. Those allegations have triggered an investigation by the state's Ethics Commission.