- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s lieutenant governor says embattled Gov. Mark Sanford needs to resign.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said at a news conference Wednesday that if Sanford steps down, he will renew his offer to stay out of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Sanford’s term ends in January 2011.

Bauer says he tried to give his fellow Republican the benefit of the doubt after he admitted an affair with an Argentine woman. But the lieutenant governor says the state has been paralyzed by questions about the legality of Sanford’s travel.

Bauer says he worries calls for Sanford’s impeachment will dominate next year’s legislative session instead of issues like the economy and job creation.

Bauer is the most prominent Republican calling for Sanford to resign.

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