November 20th, 2009
02:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Sanford impeachment measure to be formally considered

Sanford impeachment measure to be formally considered.

Sanford impeachment measure to be formally considered.

(CNN) - A special House committee in South Carolina will formally consider an impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford for the first time next Tuesday, the Republican chairman of the committee told CNN Friday.

The resolution, filed by a handful of House Republicans earlier this week, will be examined by an ad hoc committee of seven lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

The group will meet for the first time next week, after Sanford provides the legislature with the results of a state Ethics Commission investigation into the governor's travel expenses, Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Harrison said.

The first meeting of the special committee on Tuesday will likely focus on Sanford's infamous trip to Argentina this summer, which led to revelations of an extramarital affair and calls for his resignation. Harrison said the group will then spend the Thanksgiving holiday poring over the Ethics Commission report before meeting again in December to include any additional language in the resolution.

The measure currently states that Sanford committed "serious misconduct" by secretly leaving the state in June without informing his staff or establishing a chain of command.

Harrison said "the game plan" is for the four Republicans and three Democrats in the group to finalize the language in the resolution before passing it on to the full Judiciary committee, which will then vote in January on whether the measure should be sent to the full House.

Harrison noted that he spoke to House speaker Bobby Harrell, a fellow Republican, on Monday night to discuss the plan.

For Sanford to be removed from office, two-thirds of South Carolina's House and the Senate must vote in favor of impeachment.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!


    If this clown is a "living example of Christ", He would leave the state without a formal chain of command to bed a mistress.

    Great example for us heathens!

    November 20, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    Dar November 20th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

    If you get caught scerwing around on your own time should you lose your job? Get real people
    The problem, he was screwing over his wife. And if you are willing to screw over your wife and sons, then you will screw over every body else at the drop of a dime. That's not a very good quality when the person happens to be a ............GOVERNOR.

    Secondly, it wasn't his spare time. He LIED where he was at and how he could be reached. It's his duty to be available in the event of an emergency. They didn't know where he was. HE WAS AWOL!

    Result: Yes, he should be fired, and then crucified!

    November 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Peter s

    With all respects west "This is not a 'matrimonial' problem. This is a severe dereliction of duty and embezzlement problem".
    You might be right however, he might have forced to do the things he did by a rousy crappy wife!

    November 20, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Just Me

    What took them so long? Is this a case of Republicans trying to protect one of their own depite Sanford has been direlect in his duties as Governer chasing being some woman (his "soul mate") down in Argentina?

    November 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Haven't heard one word from a Republican about his religion in the debate of healthcare reform for millions who are without. What Bible are they reading that allows them to pick and choose when to use their religion when it comes to doing the right thing.

    November 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    I will miss Mark Sanford. What Republican will provide us with amusement next? Sen. Larry "Wide-Stance" Craig has retired. Sen. "Bridge-to-Nowhere" Ted Stevens in Alaska lost the last election. The philandering Senator from Nevada (I forget his name. Just google "Senator Nevada Mistress") has dropped from the headlines. No one talks much any more about the Republican Senator from Louisiana and the famous "DC Madam." The Republican Congressman from Florida Mark Foley is no longer chasing House Pages down the Capitol halls. Republicans Bob Ney and Duke Cunningham are making license plates in the slammer now.

    Oh, well. We still have Sarah Palin.

    November 20, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Nurse Lisa

    it is too about adultery, but adultery and lies and dereliction of duty and misuse of state funds to act out a sin he'd been counseled about for years, in spite of his Christian ideals and marriage vows; and his refusal to Man up like the many repugs before him (Newt, Ensign, Larry Craig) remains a huge embarassment on multiple levels- – – no wonder Americans lose their faith in religion and their trust in politicians

    November 20, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Joe

    Why that man has to go all the way down to Brazil to get a mistress?. I bet South Carolina has few beauties that don't mind having an affair with their Governor. What the Governor did is not dumb, he can cheat on his wife if he wants to, but don't get caught doing it.

    November 20, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. lforlegend

    KICK the bum out!!!!

    November 20, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Don't cry for me Argentina !

    November 20, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Donnatella

    Just impeach already!!!!!

    November 20, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. bugsy

    Another, bad politican bites the dust. take him down.
    We dont need this country to be ran like a third world county. Like a BANA REPUBLIC.

    November 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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