And resigns as Chair of the Republican Governor's Association.
As a native of South Carolina, I was disappointed to learn the news that our Governor, Mark Sanford, admitted to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. I wasn't a big supporter of his so it's not a personal disappointment but it does remove the likelihood that his strong conservative voice will be heard on the national stage in the run up to the 2012 election.
And while he mislead state officials as to his whereabouts in a bizarre weeklong story, there is no indication now that he asked any officials to lie on his behalf. Also, in comparison with the multiple scandals of then President Bill Clinton, Sanford never lied under oath to a federal judge.
We Republicans always hold our elected officials to a higher standard so Sanford's career in national politics is either terminated or put in the deep freeze.
It's unclear whether Sanford will stay as Governor in a term set to expire in 2010.
Not that this episode will set any kind of example to Democrats. They'd still vote for a child molester if he had a (D) after his name. One thing this sad news illustrates is that Republicans have high standards for their leaders while Democrats have none!