Sanford ends scandalous week with mixed reactions

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford intends to carry out his full term, but he is coming under increasing pressure to face investigations or to resign as the GOP faces tough questions about its future.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is taking over for Sanford as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, likely presidential prospect Mitt Romney and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) will all face questions on Sunday morning shows about the Sanford scandal.

After an event in Iowa on Friday, Barbour said that Sanford should stay on. "I just don’t see it as a hanging offense," he told reporters.

Sanford has vowed to remain on the job, and Joel Sawyer, his communications director, said the governor is not likely to make any other statements this weekend.

After a cabinet meeting on Friday, Sanford told reporters that, "My hunch is to continue on." In a statement, Sanford said he was "committed to rebuilding the trust that has been committed to me over the next 18 months."

Some political groups held their fire in the first few hours of the news. The Democratic Governors Association issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Sanford and his family."

In the last day, however, there have been several new calls for investigations into Sanford's disappearance from the state capitol and the subsequent revelations of his affair.

South Carolina Democratic Chairwoman Carol Fowler is calling on the state legislature to investigate Sanford and whether he broke any state laws.

"During the past 10 days South Carolinians have been subjected to the greatest display of irresponsible behavior by an elected official in a hundred years," she said on Saturday.

The State Attorney General and State Law Enforcement Division have declined to investigate the governor so far. Sanford said he would reimburse the state for a government-sponsored trade mission to Argentina, during which he saw his mistress.

Two recent polls show a range of opinions.

A Rasmussen poll on Friday showed that 46 percent of South Carolina citizens believe Sanford should resign, but that 55 percent of those surveyed said he was about as ethical as most politicians.

A SurveyUSA poll put the number believing he should resign at 60 percent, while 77 percent of those surveyed said Sanford did not have the right to vacation without informing his staff.