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Lawmakers began calling on the two-term Republican governor to resign as South Carolina reeled the day after Sanford bared his soul and admitted he was having an extramarital affair and deceiving his staff and the public about his whereabouts for a week. Around the copper-domed Civil War-era state capitol here, where the Confederate battle flag still flies, politicians and their constituents voiced disbelief and disgust over Sanford's adultery and his abandonment of the state.
Meanwhile, the security officers responsible for Sanford's safety described their anxious and failed efforts to locate the missing governor over the Father's Day weekend and painted a picture of a politician who often ducks away to be alone. Sanford's security detail said they could not locate the state-issued SUV he escaped in because the tracking devices inside were turned off.
Sanford, 49, a rising star once considered a possible presidential candidate, suddenly has few defenders here, as some Republican leaders joined Democratic officials in saying he should give up the governorship.
The governor left the capitol city Thursday and secluded himself at his beach home on Sullivan's Island near Charleston, where his wife, Jenny, and their four sons had been staying without him. He was repairing his relationship with his family, his spokesman said, but is due back in Columbia today at 12:30 for a cabinet meeting he hastily called.
Still, the drumbeat grew from across the Palmetto State for Sanford to leave office. Glenn McCall, a South Carolina representative to the Republican National Committee, cited Sanford's past criticism of Bill Clinton's infidelity to accuse him of hypocrisy and said Sanford should resign. Republican House Speaker Robert W. Harrell Jr. said in an interview that he is concerned that South Carolina was "basically without a governor for five days. Had we had a catastrophe like a tornado or earthquake, or if something happened in a prison or a train wrecked, we'd have been without a chief executive."
Sanford's longtime friend and former chief of staff, Republican state senator Tom Davis, said that he spoke with Jenny Sanford on Thursday and that she was committed to repairing her marriage.
"They're extremely strong-willed," Davis said. "They do love each other."
— The Associated Press