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. larry

    All politics – this slime ball got caught in June – 4 months ago – now they're talking about January – sounds like they're waiting until they have a candidate lined up – hypocrites

    October 19, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Why have they waited this long to bring the resolution to a vote?

    Democrats in South Carolina have been more forgiving of his own Republicans; and the Republicans control the legislature in South Carolina.

    So again, why have they waited so long?

    October 19, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Gerald West

    Why limit it to Sanford? Make a clean sweep by putting the entire Legislature out on the street to find honest employment.

    How can there be so many stupid people in South Carolina to elect that self-serving, hypocritical rabble!.

    October 19, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Judy

    Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    October 19, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. T Sheehan

    It is not for that Party to decide the fate of an elected official.
    Impeachment is up to the ENTIRE body of residents. He is their governor, not the GOP's.
    To imply that the GOP has that authority is just short of Treason.

    Nowhere, in any constitution, is it stated that your choices are: Red, Blue, or Irrelevant. The two party system has run amok.

    Remember, dear patriots: One does not elect leadership. One elects representation.

    The Big Two still do not understand this, and still cling to their ideals of noblesse oblige even as the GOP throws temper tantrums in the Senate, and the Dems keep getting their hands bit for reaching across the aisle thinking they will find compromise there.

    Take a stand against the nation's two largest gangs, America.

    October 19, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Felx O. Umezurike

    The moralists are always wrong. They say one thing and they do another thing. I have few words for him. Just pack your things and move in with maria in Argentina. While you are there, be ROMANTIC to her. Lets save our tax money

    October 19, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. ATL Guy

    Mark Sanford is the gift that keeps on giving. He's going to be the foil to the Republicans that want us to forget their history of indiscretion and bad behavior.

    October 19, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. leet222

    i guess it's only ok if you are the president.

    October 19, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. mel

    Other Gop and Dem and other have cheated,let the man alone
    and on to something else like putting peoples to work. Anyone
    goes to church,it is a thang call forgiveness.

    October 19, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. jon,philadelphia

    It's about time.

    October 19, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. jamey

    Give it up republicans, your no better than him. He cheated on his wife, you cheat on your principles..... What is worse? Who hurts more people!.. TERM LIMITS

    October 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Lynne in CA

    Gov Sanford,

    If your girlfriend is your "soul mate" then marry her and live happily ever after. Life is too short for regrets.

    October 19, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Santa Fean

    Once again the GOP folks prove they are human. Yet they run on a platform of being "holier than thou". No doubt he is a good "christian" to boot!

    October 19, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Gary 3

    Great, one more unemployed person! He was sleezy for cheating and irresponsible for lying and probably should have quit like Elliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevy did. But honestly, he's done a better job as governor than our governor (Ed Rendell) has and if you asked me I'd rather we impeach Rendell in PA and let Sanford stay as governor of SC.

    October 19, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. zhane

    That's good they also need 2 something about wilson as while.

    October 19, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "bringing "disgrace and shame and ridicule" on the state"... What state is the guy who screamed "You Lie" at The President from?

    October 19, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. mike d

    IT'S ABOUT TIME!! democrats in illinois threw out blago. why can't republicans do the right thing for a change.

    October 19, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. ObamaGRIT

    Hip, hip

    Get rid of him.
    What's was good for President Clinton is certainly good enough for forked tongue of Gov. "hiking on the Appalachian Trail," Sanford.

    October 19, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. Runofthemill

    He should have emptied the bank accounts and headed for Argentina months ago. Leave the shrew behind and start over. Live it up. He's pretty old – when he comes back to the states he can use those social programs he and his fellow republicons live to holler about....

    October 19, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    The man hasn't got sense enough to just resign. WOW!!!

    October 19, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Houston Mom

    Cool. Can they target that slimy Senator in Nevada too! I really think the American people are starting to get truly sick of these slime balls.

    October 19, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. djb

    why doesn't "raving rush" go after this guy with the same insane zeal that he pursues others? hey this is just another arrogant, self righteous, over the hill white man the republican party continues to produce and generally reveres. talk about the chickens coming home to roost! time to retire to the plantation my friend.

    October 19, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. normajean

    I'm not a Republican, but if I were, I would expect reimbursment to the state for the obviously large amounts of money that Gov.. Sanford spent on his romantic latin adventures.

    October 19, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. annie against biased news

    While we are in the impeachment business – let's throw one in for obama before he signs government rationed health care, crap & tax and that horrible treaty in copenhagen.

    October 19, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Dave

    Republicans are shrill hypocrites. They howled over the Lewinsky Affair. But what about "Im Not A Crook" or " Read My Lips No New Taxes" or "Smoking Guns and Mushroom Clouds" ??? Silence from the peanut gallery. Im almost ashamed to admit I actually voted GOP before. Ack.

    October 19, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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