October 19th, 2009
09:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Sanford impeachment resolution likely next week

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/03/art.sanford.0903.gi.jpg
caption="Mark Sanford, a Republican, has refused to resign in the face of criticism from his own party."](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.

"If that is not serious misconduct in office, I don't know what is," Delleney said of Sanford's actions.

The one-day special session was not called to address the Sanford scandal, a point stressed by GOP leadership in both chambers. Instead, lawmakers are meeting to tweak a state law that will extend unemployment benefits for thousands of South Carolinians who began losing those payments over the weekend. The state has an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent.

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.

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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Amazing

    What about Charlie Rangel? Why is that tax cheat still serving and not booted out yet?

    October 19, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Frank, Las Vegas

    Impeach the hypocrite now! He is a disgrace to the GOP (and that takes some doing) and the citizens of SC.

    October 19, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Typical Republican

    But Sanford is a great man. All he did was abandon every moral and virtue he ever bragged about having. What's wrong with that?

    I know what it is, it's those darn libtards expecting republicans to actually be honest for once in their lives. It's horrible of them demoncraps to expect us republicans to actually DO WHAT WE SAY or expect us to actually have a REAL FUNCTIONING BRAIN.

    We we don't, we won't and we aren't! We are republicans, and we are proud to be hypocritically retarded and completely void of morals!

    October 19, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    SO SO SO SORRY for the people of SOUTH CAROLINA for the idiots problems, he absolutly should step down from being govenor. Aso maybe bring charges against him ,and drop them only if he never never inters into any race, or appointment for any government position in any state of this country. Or be able to practice law of any kind .same conditions .. in other words find a proffesion that has nothing to do with interacting with not only people but animals .. the man can't be trusted even with some animals .....:)

    October 19, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    There are about 40 other elected republicans that whose names come up for wrongdoing in the last 4 years.

    October 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Jay T.

    It's alright for a Republican to have high unemployment numbers. They'll keep us safe, tuck us in at night, read us a bedtime story and give us a kiss on the forehead.

    October 19, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Indignant Bull

    I love the way the South Carolina Republicans are milking this Governor Sanford thing out.

    They should finish impeaching him just in time for the next elections and then they'll be able to say in their campaigns, "Look, we kicked the naughty man out."

    Look at Illinois. Their Dems tossed one of their own, Governor Blago, out on his kiester a hell of a lot faster.

    October 19, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    It sure took them long enough. I don't care how many mistresses this man has. That's personal, and none of my business (though I feel for his wife and kids). The fact that he left the good people of SC without a governor for 5 days (planning on 10) is cause enough to send him packing.

    October 19, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Shirley In California

    Normally, it would matter but even IF they impeach this low life – another republican would take over so I'll file this under non-story.

    October 19, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. ja

    impeachment wouldn't be necessary, if the governor would man up, how arrogant, the gatekeepers in the gutter, no wonder America, is the current condition, our children see, hear, and read about the slim

    October 19, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. compassionate DEM in TEXAS

    People should be careful of coming down too hard on this man.....no one is perfect and we don't know the current emotional state of Sanford...he lost his wife, family & now about to lose his job.

    October 19, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    With the exception of going to Argentina, there is no difference between what Sanford did to what Bill Clinton did.

    Lawmakers would be better served by trying to protect their state from the intrusion of the federal government.

    October 19, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Larry

    It's about time, I'm sure good old Mike was hoping it might all quietly disappear ... Oh no no no Mikey, a lot of us just sit and wait for justice to finally come around

    We sure hope Senator Ensign is paying attention, for we have also just gotten started on him as well

    THE PARTY OF NO, NO, NO ... has got to go, go, go


    October 19, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Ted

    Typical Repub junk. Had this been Bill Clinton, he would have been impeached by now. But the Repubs let Sanford stay in office and further embarrass state and wife and family. I doubt the repubs will do anything.

    October 19, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Spencer

    What took them so long?

    October 19, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. popduds.com

    How about all the free flights from lobbyist he "forgot" to report? I am embarrassed to live in South Carolina some times..

    October 19, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Face it America

    We'll NEVER stop hearing about Sanford, Ensign, and Palin. Maybe they should ALL get together and MOVE TO ARGENTINA.

    October 19, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Terry

    GOP poster child for family values. You thought this story would just go away and you would keep your job..Haha!

    October 19, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. sc coast

    Enough! Resign and allow the state to move forward. What a fool he is!

    October 19, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |

    We need to impeach Obama and arrest his entire administration for treason. Why are we covering this in the media when it is clear that there is a communist takeover underway in washington? The answer is that CNN and the morons who bliindly defend him with insults instead of substance, are part of this conspiracy. I think i speak for all of us Americans who are conservatives or independents, you may think that you will pull this off, but im here to say not without a fight. You liberals have crossed the line from harmless ignorance, to declaring war! God bless the republic!

    October 19, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. susan dean

    Imoeachiing Mark Sanford is the best to do for our state!

    October 19, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Marco

    These republican hypocrites make me sick. If it were a democrat in the governorship, the impeachment trial would be wrapping up about now.

    October 19, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Kevin from Warren

    The GOP is attacking its own to distance itself from Sanford.

    October 19, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. roger

    Republicans get rid of their problems and if he were a Dem the DNC would give him a million for his next race!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Kimberly from Hawaii

    Sanford's days are numbered as Governor. He should leave now, to prevent even further embarrassment to him and his family. What a hypocrite!

    October 19, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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