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Scandalous: South Carolina Newspaper Calls For Governor's Resignation

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -- A newspaper in South Carolina called Thursday for the resignation of the state's governor, who has admitted to having to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman. 

Gov. Mark Sanford "cannot navigate a deep and painful personal crisis and lead the state through its economic crisis at the same time," an editorial in The Spartanburg Herald-Journal said. 

"He should resign," the editorial said. 

After disappearing from the public eye for nearly a week, Sanford, 49, admitted Wednesday that he had not hiked the Appalachian Trail -- as his staff had said earlier -- but had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to visit a woman with whom he has had an affair. 

In its Thursday editorial, the paper said South Carolina needed a spokesman who could talk to potential employers without having to answer questions about his personal life. 

"And the state needs a leader it can trust as it deals with the troubled economy. Sanford has destroyed that trust," it said. 

The State, the Columbia-based newspaper that acquired what it said were e-mail exchanges between Sanford and the woman, acknowledged Thursday that there would likely be people who would call for the governor's resignation. 

"We are not ready to join them at this point," the editorial said. 

The State said it acquired the e-mails in December. The governor's office confirmed their authenticity on Wednesday, the newspaper told CNN. When contacted by CNN, a spokesman for the governor would neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of the e-mails.

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--CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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