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The lead story in The State brings us up to date on the latest buzz on lawmakers wanting Gov. Mark Sanford to resign. As has been the case for some time now, opinions appear to be mixed. Many want him to go of his own volition but may apply more pressure as the week goes on.
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On another note, a source close to Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Sunday that Bauer has approached members of the Senate to discuss the possibility that, if Sanford resigns, Bauer would only serve the remainder of the governor's term, focusing on job creation, and would not run for governor in 2010 as Bauer had originally intended.
But there's not universal agreement on forcing Sanford out. The governor is making phone calls and trying to do some rebuilding work while pledging not to resign.
He apologized this morning "to some of his biggest political enemies" on the Budget and Control Board.
Elsewhere, Maria Belen Chapur confirms the relationship and says she'll have no further comment.
AP has a fascinating interview with Sanford's spiritual advisor.
Culbertson also thinks that the only thing holding his friends' marriage together right now is "their vow to God."
"Because it's not feelings -- it's not emotions," Culbertson said, the smile fading from his tanned face. "For most Christians, at some point in your marriage, if you're married long enough, you do it because that's what we're called to do -- out of obedience instead of out of passion. And I think that's where Mark and Jenny are right now."
The piece also gives Will Folks yet another chance to take swipes at his old boss.
Will Folks, a former Sanford spokesman who has been excoriating his old boss in his political blog, said sex and romance "never seemed to be things that were on the governor's radar." Although he has since reported on two other alleged dalliances, Folks said this passionate love affair is "100 percent inconsistent with everything I ever saw of the man."
"I honestly thought the guy was asexual," Folks said. "I am not kidding."
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