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McMaster: Sanford's resignation would only "worsen" things

By Jackie Faye - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Last week's revelation of Gov. Mark Sanford's affair has given everyone a chance to voice their opinion, especially fellow politicians.

The lines are being drawn in the political sand as South Carolina politicians are making their stances known about whether or not Sanford should resign or stay at his post.

State Rep. Carl Gullick wrote in an op-ed piece that the "developments of the last week will render Sanford unable to effectively lead this state in the months ahead, and this immediate future is critical. Unfortunately, Sanford can no longer get the job done."

Sen. Lindsey Graham took to the airwaves Sunday morning on Meet the Press and told moderator David Gregory that he believes the governor can still do work, but stopped short of saying if he should keep his job or step down.

Now, Attorney General Henry McMaster has stepped in line to talk about the scandal. McMaster said we all make mistakes.

"There is only one man that I know that has lived a perfect life, the rest of us have fallen short," said McMaster.

He says Governor Sanford should have stayed in touch when he left.

"There are a lot of things that only the governor can do, for instance in the state of emergency, the good news is we did not have such an emergency," said McMaster.

Regarding Sanford's admitted affair, he says our state needs to look at what's important.

"This does have an impact on the family and there are a lot of people who are looking more at politics, the politics in all this than the tragedy involved, and I think that's a mistake," said McMaster.

McMaster says a resignation worsen the situation.

"It never is smooth sailing in government, it can always be more organized, and it can always be better, that doesn't mean you throw somebody out and try to start over midstream just because something's happened," said McMaster.

In the end, McMaster says people need to stop playing politics and get to work.

"There are a lot of challenges facing the state, they are not going to go away and I don't think it would be helpful to try to change the administration midstream, we have 18 months left, there are things that need to be done, and the administration needs to do them with full vigor," said McMaster.

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