South Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday quashed a move to oust Gov. Mark Sanford over his summertime tryst and his use of state aircraft, saying his embarrassing conduct was not serious enough to merit impeachment.
"We can't impeach for hypocrisy. We can't impeach for arrogance. We can't impeach an officeholder for his lack of leadership skills," said Rep. James Harrison, the Columbia Republican who headed the panel.
Sanford has been under scrutiny since June, when he tearfully revealed the affair. Ensuing probes of his travel and campaign spending have led to more than three dozen state ethics charges and the potential for $74,000 in fines.
Only eight U.S. governors have been removed by impeachment, and the only two removed in the last 80 years each faced criminal charges.
Bad house guests and politicians are the same in that respect. Neither will acknowledge when it's time to depart.
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Answer by Jenny-talia at 5:16 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
In this situation , shouldn't he just resign?
Guess he will stick it out....
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:18 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
It's not about hypocrisy or being a bad leader, it's about stealing from your constituents.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:19 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Jenny-talia - SO typical. Clinton did JUST AS BAD. Everyone cried, "Stay out of his personal business." I think this guy should be tossed out. I also believe that EVERY politician who royally screws up should as well. It doesn't matter what "party" they are from. As my DH told me one day, Democrats don't get the crap or coverage that republicans do because people expect them to be amoral.
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