Statement From Senator Lindsey Graham

Statement

By:  Lindsey Graham
Date: June 26, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement.

"I support Governor Sanford's decision to ‘refocus on the work at hand' and his efforts to ‘rebuild the trust' committed to him over the last 18 months of his term.

"I have always believed many aspects of his reform agenda are needed and, if enacted, would serve our state well in years to come.

"However, Mark's ability to govern will not only require him to reconcile with his family, but also with the people of South Carolina and their elected officials in the General Assembly. Governor Sanford needs to seek and find common ground with the General Assembly on a reform agenda to serve our state. From my experience, most people, including elected officials, are capable of working with those who have failed and are flawed when it benefits the common good.

"There is no debate that Mark's actions, personal and professional, were inappropriate and deeply hurtful. He has admitted to his mistakes and taken responsibility for his actions.

"As a close friend of Jenny and Mark and godfather of their youngest child, I understand the damage that has been done is deep and real. I know Mark wants to reconcile with his family. I hope and pray that is possible.

"Second chances in life are not guaranteed or required. But if they are afforded they can be a real blessing."