November 20th, 2009
02:59 PM ET
4 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. hello!

    NY Times – stylist for McCain campaign – Palin was CORRECT about the clothes. Where's THAT story???????????

    November 20, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Get Smart

    What's taking so long. This man is too dumb to quit. Don't he know no one wants him in office.

    November 20, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    I wonder what has taken South Carolina's legislature so long to hold Sanford accountable.

    This issue is not about adultery, it is about being AWOL from his job! Who walks off the job, uses 'company' (in this case state money) for traveling, goes to visit their lover and goes back to find their job still waiting?!

    No one in the private sector would be able to get away with this, why is Sanford still....... governor? He should have been fired.

    November 20, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. the man is a disgrace

    is it worth the money, before spending all this money to impeach him, how much time does he have left, if it is almost over, is it really worth it?

    November 20, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Leave this guy alone! his matrimonial problem is not for public consumption!

    November 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Royster

    Say what you want about Roland Burris, at least HE did not take the state jet, go to South America, and hook up with a mistress, disappearing for weeks! Sanford is a disgrace to EITHER party and should go. If you don't want to do the job you were elected to, and don't care about the people who elected you anymore, you should simply quit/resign, just like 'whats her name' did up in Alaska. At least by HER actions she acknowledged she no longer cared about her constituients or the office she was elected to. Sanford should learn from a GOP quitter, step down and save the state money impeaching him.

    November 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    While Sen. Burris gets off of his ethics case, Gov. Sanford's impeachment is on the horizon. Hey, John Edwards has to face the music and so do you governor. What's going on with Unethical Sen. Ensign's ethics violation case? You gotta love politics.

    November 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. southerncousin

    Any news yet about the Charlie Rangel investigation. Pelosi has been doing that for more than a year. How about the rest of these democratic congressman that have been taking illegal trips to the Carribean sponsored by corporations or on the taxpayers money? Come on CNN, get with it.

    November 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Get Real

    This is only a media circus for the GOP to put a end to this charade. The GOP of S.C. WILL NOT impreach Sanford. They want to show that they are doing something. What a waste of taxpayer's money. ALL (Demo + Rep) scum should repay all the money they received in the past and retire. The courts suggest that criminals do the same. Let the public impreach these wasteful public servants.
    Vote these clowns out and vote in the people who lost their jobs so real people can be working.

    November 20, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Moderate Democrat

    Republicans are the party of Family Values.

    Yea, tell us another of your retarded lies you morons. This man represents who you REALLY are. A worthless bunch of hot air. All talk but when the rubber meets the road, you throw away all morals and sin to high heaven, abandoning and cheating on any and all. That is the values that Republicans TRUELY live by.

    Example: They want to continue murdering 45000 americans each year by forcing them to accept our current genocide, aka Health Care for Profit!

    November 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Ron in California

    Mark, time to do the right thing...

    November 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. M Patterson

    (Reply to "Peter s") His matrimonial problem is certainly not for public consumption. His behavior as Governor in purposely misleading the public and his staff by going out of the country for five days without leaving any way of communicating and no instructions or chain of command IS very much for the scrutiny of his colleagues the constituents whom he was supposed to be working for at the time.

    November 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Ted from Calif.

    Good! It is time to get rid of this family values loser!

    November 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    Wherever republican leadership is there must be problems ! Americans we are so stupid not to open our eyes and see George Bush senior, George Bush Junior, California terminator who just terminated whole State which had free education, Texas, Senator Ensign, Greg, Now Virginia and truly this wing nut who abandoned his state for a woman in Argentina! Better Bill kept it at home than this crazy guy! Oh I almost forgot Sarah Palin who wrote loads of lies and called it "rogue"! Look at how how stupid we are buying loads of meaningless lies! BTW,am entitled to free speech.

    November 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. ChicagoDB

    "Leave this guy alone! his matrimonial problem is not for public consumption!"

    You have just blown my mind with that statement

    November 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. hongli

    The Republican Party is filled with people like Sanford and their internal motto is " do what I say but don't do what I do".

    November 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. v. stjerneby

    Sanford needs to go. He is mocking people, and enjoying it.
    Nuser.

    November 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Ken Gallaher

    It's not about money, its not even about the AWOL part – it's about even more GOP hypocrisy.... Popcorn?

    November 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ps

    Peter s wrote November 20th, 2009 3:14 pm ET
    "Leave this guy alone! his matrimonial problem is not for public consumption!"

    Are you sure. ? This idiot refused federal funds to improve schools in SC (47 in the country), all the while used tax dollars to go see his mistress in Argentina. !!! Remember what you did to "Bill", ? Same treatment should be given to RethugliKKKans.

    November 20, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. terry,va

    He ought to get a medal. Did you see the babe he was with? If Clinton would have been with a babe like her he would have been a rock star.

    November 20, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Typical Republican

    My party represents "Family Values". Just look at Mr. Sanford, he is the poster child of our morals and discipline!

    We republicans love you Sanford, for being such a good man, good husband and good father. Thanks for being so loyal and honest to all of the people in your life!

    November 20, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Dar

    If you get caught scerwing around on your own time should you lose your job? Get real people

    November 20, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. west

    This is not a 'matrimonial' problem. This is a severe dereliction of duty and embezzlement problem.

    November 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. SH in TX

    South Carolina's representatives have been talking about it, thinking about it, forming committees for it, but haven't gotten around to actually doing it. That's what's wrong with Government today. Too much thinking and not enough doing.

    If they keep stalling, he'll leave office after finishing the full term.

    November 20, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. felicia

    This man has been tainted, he needs to go

    November 20, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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