(ChattahBox)—Disgraced South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford has spent the last two days furiously cherry-picking through his bible, looking for any religious justification for his sinful behavior of adultery, lying and abandoning his family and constituents to jet off to Argentina to be in the arms of his lover. And by golly, he found it!
Gov. Sanford told his staff during a televised cabinet meeting today that he was just like King David, the biblical King of Israel and that if King David didn’t resign after committing adultery and murder, well then neither will he!
As Gov. Sanford self righteously pumped up his chest, to lend further credence to the image of a man who would be king, in all seriousness, Sanford suggested that if the King of all Jews could survive his sex scandal, well then so would he.
When asked if he would resign as governor Sanford said, “I have been doing a lot of soul searching on that front. What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily; he fell in very significant ways. But then picked up the pieces and built from there.”
King David is well known for his psalms seeking forgiveness for his sins and Gov. Sanford suggested he should be afforded the same forgiveness that God offered to King David.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signaled Friday that he intends to serve out the remaining 18 months of his term.
“I remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been committed to me over the next 18 months, and it is my hope that I am able to follow the example set by David in the Bible — who after his fall from grace humbly refocused on the work at hand,” Sanford said in a statement following a meeting with his Cabinet. “By doing so, I will ultimately better serve in every area of my life, and I am committed to doing so.”
Asked by POLITICO if the statement indicated that Sanford would not resign, his spokesman, Joel Sawyer, e-mailed: “Correct.”
According to a InsiderAdvantage poll conducted just hours after the governor’s emotional press conference on Wednesday, 50 percent of South Carolina registered voters wanted Sanford to resign while another 42 percent thought he should remain in office. Eight percent of those polled had no opinion.
A Rasmussen Reports survey of South Carolinians released Friday showed that 46 percent believe he should resign while only 39 percent said the governor should stay.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said in a statement Friday that he supports the governor’s decision to stay in office.
[Graham said,] “Second chances in life are not guaranteed or required. But if they are afforded, they can be a real blessing.”
A handful of current and former party officials have called on Sanford to resign, but one of the governor’s toughest critics, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, said Friday he would give Sanford “some space” to make his decision.
From the New York Daily News:
South Carolina’s first lady discovered Gov. Mark Sanford’s cheatin’ ways in January after finding a love letter in his files – yet as recently as this month he begged his wife to let him go visit his Argentine hottie.
“I said absolutely not. It’s one thing to forgive adultery; it’s another thing to condone it,” Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press during a 20-minute interview Friday.
Jenny Sanford said she discovered her husband’s affair earlier this year after stumbling across a copy of a letter he wrote to his mistress in one of his files – not an unusual place for her to be, given her role as a top aide.
[...] when the governor told her recently he needed time alone to write, she said fine – after specifically warning him not to visit his Latin paramour.
The first lady was shocked – as was the rest of South Carolina and the nation – to learn that he’d gone to Argentina, even after telling his staff that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
She said Friday she still doesn’t know if he has ended the affair.