December 9th, 2009
03:56 PM ET
9 months ago

South Carolina panel votes against impeaching Sanford

Mark Sanford and his legal team won a big victory on Wednesday.
Mark Sanford and his legal team won a big victory on Wednesday.

(CNN) – A South Carolina House panel voted down a resolution Wednesday to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford, but the embattled Republican faces one more procedural hurdle before his survival in office is guaranteed.

In their final meeting to consider the impeachment resolution, members of the special House subcommittee called Sanford's behavior "reprehensible," "arrogant" and "indefensible" - but six of the seven lawmakers on the panel concluded that the Republican's behavior does not rise to the constitutional level of impeachment.

Sanford has been under scrutiny since June, when he left the country for five days to visit his Argentine mistress without informing his staff or the Lieutenant Governor of his whereabouts.

Under House rules, the measure will also be considered by the full Judiciary Committee, but it's unlikely the committee would come to a different conclusion than the subcommittee.

Lawmakers will still considering a bill to censure Sanford.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Ken

    And Repulicans giving this loser a walk is a surprize????

    December 9, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. chuck

    The party of family values seems to be focused on everyone else's bedroom except their own. The hypocrisy can be smelled all the way to California.

    December 9, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Francis Marion

    We can only shake our heads about his abandoning his post and getting away with it.

    December 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    As hard as the liberals circle the wagons when one of their own foul up makes DEM complaint:

    1. Invalid
    2. Hilarious
    3. Ridiculous
    4. Hypocritcal
    and NOT neccessarily in that order!
    Rangle has his taxes and rent controlled apartments and Dodd had sweetheart mortage. These are but 2 DEM examples! If this was an average Joe, it would be bye-bye! In short, the dems do the same thing. Doesn't mean its right! Just a fact!

    December 9, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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