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Political ally: Sanford should resign

A ideological ally of Gov. Mark Sanford has called for the embattled S.C. executive to resign.

Randy Page, head of South Carolinians for Responsible Goverment, said Sanford needed to reconcile with his family out of the glare of television cameras. Page said his statement was personal and did not represent his group.

"In order to best protect and preserve his family and the integrity of the Office of Governor, it's time for him to resign," Page said in a statement.

Page is the leading advocate for granting parents a tax break to allow a choice to pay for private education, a key Sanford agenda item. In addition, SCRG has ties to Sanford supporter and New York real eastate executive Howard Rich. SCRG and Rich have funded candidates ideologically in line with Sanford.

Page also served as chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who would become governor if Sanford resigns.

Sanford has said he has no plans to resign, though a handful of the state's political class have called for him to step down.

-- John O'Connor