Impeachment resolution against Sanford likely coming next week

Posted by: ST on October 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Via CNN:

(CNN) – A resolution of impeachment against Gov. Mark Sanford is likely to be introduced next week during a special session of the South Carolina legislature, but lawmakers said the governor’s job is safe for the time being.

Republican state Rep. Greg Delleney told CNN his resolution lists three charges against Sanford: dereliction of duty for leaving the state to visit his mistress in Argentina in June; attempting to cover-up the scandal; and bringing “disgrace and shame and ridicule” on the state.


But most Republicans in the legislature want the governor to resign and several are ready to begin the impeachment process, even as the results of a state Ethics Commission investigation into the governor’s travel expenses are still pending.

Delleney said his goal is “to get the ball rolling” on impeachment in a committee before the legislative session officially begins in January, when he hopes the resolution can be quickly brought to the floor for a vote.

House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, a fellow Republican, said Delleney’s resolution will likely be read on the floor Tuesday and sent to a committee – probably Judiciary – for consideration until the lawmakers have a chance to convene again. He said a floor vote on impeachment technically cannot occur because the session was called to deal with unemployment benefits.

“We could not impeach the governor on Tuesday unless it’s put on the agenda,” Bingham said.

Besides, he said, most GOP lawmakers are awaiting the results of the ethics investigation before deciding how to proceed. “We don’t anticipate that changing by next week,” he said.

As for the ethics investigation against Sanford, Palmetto Scoop has the latest.

Assuming the ethics investigation finds ethical wrongdoing, I wonder if Sanford will pull a Nixon and resign before the state legislature has the chance to vote on impeaching him? Then again, seeing as to how he has refused to step down even in light of the obvious disgust and disappointment – not to mention the lack of confidence in him – most voters in SC feel towards him now over his dereliction of duty towards both his office and his marriage, my prediction is that he will go down kicking and screaming.

Stay tuned …

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6 Responses to “Impeachment resolution against Sanford likely coming next week”


  1. Lorica says:

    Good, I hope it passes and I hope he goes away. The man has no honor, or he would have resigned when he got caught. He should have thrown himself under the bus for being foolish. – Lorica

  2. Carlos says:

    Although his political sins don’t rate anywhere near as bad as Tricky Dicky’s, his reaction to all the negative press surrounding his “fun trips to see my playmate” reminds me of Nixon’s televised reaction: “I am not a criminal”, said in very slow, very deliberate and very serious tone.

    He, like Duh-1, Billy Bub, Blogo, Jefferson, and even Sharpton, just don’t get it.

  3. NC Cop says:

    Well said, Lorica. I agree.

    Let’s not be like the dems and harbor our trash, let’s get rid of it.

  4. Xrlq says:

    I wouldn’t shed a tear over seeing Sanford go, but for my love for delicious irony. I mean, seriously, how cool is it for one Carolina to have a governor whose surname is French for “lost” while the other has a governor who actually went missing for a week? Can the Dakotas or the Virginias match that? Hmmm?

  5. john b says:

    This trash has to be disposed of before 2010 starts. Does anyone conjecture that his wife will consider running?