August 11th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP senator wants Sanford to be impeached

A Republican senator in South Carolina says Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached over financial violations.
A Republican senator in South Carolina says Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached over financial violations.

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, already under fire for an extramarital relationship, should be impeached for abusing state finances, a Republican state senator said Monday.

Sen. David Thomas - the chairman of the Senate constitutional and administrative subcommittee - wrote to leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate, accusing the governor of violating state regulations.

The allegations involve flights he took to London, England, and China in 2006 and 2007 on state business. South Carolina requires the governor to charge the state the lowest rate available unless there are overriding circumstances, such as emergency travel.

"The two flights by Gov. Sanford were in violation of the South Carolina Code of Regulations," Thomas said in his letter. "The difference in price between the most economical and the more expensive price of the seats the governor chose is approximately $13,700."

Thomas said he thought the violations were enough to trigger impeachment proceedings.

"If I were in the House, the answer would be yes, I would be involved in the beginning of the impeachment process," he said. "I think there is enough data right now to take seriously a move toward impeachment. Is that sufficient for impeachment? That I don't know."

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  1. aria

    David Thomas should be commended for standing up for the well being of South Carolina. Mark Sanford's entire term in office has been one of shame. He has done nothing but use the state to further his own aspirations. His staying in office is anything but the 'right thing to do for the state.'

    August 11, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He should've resigned for his blatant hypocracy. Once a stone is turned over, there's no telling what kind of dirt you'll find under it. This saga of Gov. Sanford's will continue.

    August 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. S Callahan

    Mr. Thomas, do you remember when the Lord wrote into the ground when others wanted to condem a woman who had committed sexual sins....The Lord left it up to the people on the condition that the one who throws the first stone has no sin. Be careful in your judgement of Mr. Sanford. God does hear. I wish Mr. Sandford healing and restoration in God's mercy and grace. There is a time for everything.

    August 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Chris from NC

    Let's get one thing straight, if Gov. Sanford was a Democrat, he'd be long gone by now.

    August 11, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Que conveniente!!!!

    Can you effectively "impeach" someone who's already tendered his resignation? Too little, too late no?

    August 11, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Shari, NY

    Sanford and Palin are just about the hottest topics on CNN these days This does not bode well for their affiliated party for obvious reasons. I cannot imagine the SC governor properly executing his duties at a time when the country is facing horrendous challenges, not to mention the fact that his wife and children have decamped the matrimonial mansion. Impeachment? That's up to the powers that be.

    August 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Obama=Trickle up Poverty

    Drop it already. If you are going to impeach this guy over misuse of funds, keep on going there won't be anyone left to run this country.............well maybe that wouldn't be so bad after all.

    August 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Governor Sanford stood high upon his ideological mountain and screamed that he would not accept stimulus money because of the costs. At the same time, he had no problem upgrading his seats on airplanes on the taxpayer’s dime while fornicating with a woman other than his wife. This is a tale of another politician whose ego and sense of entitlement far outweighed responsibilities to his constituency. This runs rampant on both sides of the aisle and this behavior is simply unacceptable of any public official. God knows what else they are going to dig up on this lummox.

    August 11, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Fred the Moderate

    Go independent and join Lou Dobbs movement. We don't want you and your own party sure doesn't. Hang on if you like, but you my friend are toast. Might be a good time to go visit your soul mate or Hey now that the misses is out, move her into the gov's mansion. Let's see how low you can go in the sight of your constituance.

    The part that is pittiful isn't the infidelity or crimes you have committed, it's the fact you kept bringing God into it. You preached to all of us about him and fiscal responsibility and there's nothing worst in the eyes of the people than a hypocrit using God to get elected.

    August 11, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. I can see Canada from my house!

    He abandoned his job for private reasons: that alone should have tbeen enough to get rid of him. At least Elliot Spitzer had the good sense to resign.

    August 11, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    That is a great deal of money for a public servant to spend. We would all like to go first class and have someone else pay for it. I think his comfort for a 10 hour flight should not cost the taxpayers over $1000 per hour.
    Sorry Mark, but it is time for you to go.

    August 11, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Mississippi Mike

    Who cares anymore?

    August 11, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Bassman

    Right after Gov. Palin resigned there were stories much like the stories surrounding Gov. Sanford. " Where was Mr. Sandford" The same was being written about Mrs. Palin. Whereas Mr. Sandford was with his mistress Mrs. Palin was at a 4th of July Parade. When you are a moral person, you can answer for your where abouts. Sarah Palin has owned the moral highground against all who attack her. Gov. Sanford lacks her intigrity and should step down.

    August 11, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Bluebonnet

    The shear audacity of that man amazes me! He should resign and save his state some money !

    August 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. white female

    Impeachment (YES, YES) put this behind on the streets of south Carolina, let him see how it is to to live like he has made the POOR PEOPLE of Sotuh Carolina live.
    He has been a BIG Liar long enough. He really belong in JAIL.

    August 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Lauren

    He should have been impeached long ago.

    August 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he pays the money back, would it be all right? I don't think it would be because he violated what the plane is supposed to be used for - an official transport of the governor for official business.

    August 11, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. steviewondering

    Looks like David Thomas is trying to make a name for himself. Power can be a hungry monster...

    August 11, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    Absolutely he should be impeached!!! He is a hypocrite on many fronts!!

    August 11, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. AMN

    Good, as hard as he was working to get Clinton out.

    August 11, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Melissa

    I can't believe I'm saying this but I agree with a GOP member. Sanford should have been impeached a long time ago. Not to mention "fired".

    August 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. rhoward

    No matter how embarrassing the revelations may get, Sanford can't slink away with any semblance of grace because the Republican party here is absolutely terrified of Andre Bauer getting the nomination if Sanford left before next year's election.

    August 11, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. m jeff

    He's a disgrace to the state of South Carolina, it's time for him to resign.

    August 11, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    If this be the case, he should be. What about Charlie Rangel? Nancy Pelosi has had 10 months now to investigate the charges of tax cheating by this man who chairs the committee that sets taxes for us and still nothing. Is she trying to figure out a way to blame Bush/Cheny like she did about the lies she told regarding the CIA. She says I am un-American and part of a mob.

    August 11, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Pepou

    The man is a crook. I don't care about his trysts with women, men or animals but the fact is that he used tax payers money regularly for plane trips and other abuse of power. Impeach this creep.

    August 11, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |