The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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Sanford’s Party of One

By · Aug, 31 2009

Over the weekend, South Carolina GOP legislators gathered in Myrtle Beach and discussed their options regarding what to do about their disgraced Governor Mark Sanford.

According to Politico, not a single official voiced support for the governor, but political observers view it as unlikely the growing pressure from within his own party will force the stubborn Sanford to step down voluntarily.

Late in the roughly 2½-hour meeting, GOP state Rep. Greg Delleney stood up to demand that Sanford resign because the governor has “disgraced and brought shame on the state.”

“Can anybody in here give me one good reason, one positive thing, that’s going to occur by him remaining in office?” asked Delleney, who is drafting impeachment articles against the governor.

None of the state’s House Republicans had an answer.

“It was gratifying,” Delleney told POLITICO afterward. “How can you defend the indefensible?”

Democrats in the Palmetto State have to be rejoicing over the GOP’s Sanford headache.  With each day the governor remains in office, the more damage done to the GOP brand in the state. First it was the hypocrisy on the party’s claim to being the defender of “family values.”  Then it became the bankruptcy of the GOP’s fiscal conservative credentials. Now, it’s become a black mark on the Republican “law and order” image.

The first two might have been brushed off as the failings of a single man.

The last cannot.

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