facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

S.C. House panel censures Sanford

Dec. 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A House panel voted to censure, not impeach, embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, making it unlikely he would be removed from office.

The special House impeachment panel Wednesday approved the official rebuke of Sanford for bringing "ridicule, dishonor, disgrace and shame" on the state of South Carolina, its residents and the governor's office, The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported Thursday.

Sanford, a Republican, has been under the microscope since June, when he returned from a secret five-day trip to Argentina and admitted an extramarital affair. For the last six months, Sanford's use of state aircraft, travel arrangements and campaign funds have been reviewed by media, the State Ethics Commission and lawmakers.

Six of the seven impeachment panel members said Sanford's offenses didn't rise to the level of impeachment.

"We can't impeach for hypocrisy. We can't impeach for arrogance. We can't impeach ... for his lack of leadership skills," committee chairman Rep. Jim Harrison, a Republican, said when arguing about the lack of grounds to remove Sanford from office.

Sanford said in a statement he thought the State Ethics Commission would dismiss the charges against him. He said the 37 pending State Ethics Commission charges against him were, at most, minor or technical oversights.

"What has been suggested with regard to supposedly not watching out for the taxpayer was just not correct," Sanford said.

Sanford, who leaves office in 2011, isn't in the clear, The State said. State Attorney General Henry McMaster is considering whether to press criminal charges or turn the matter over to a local or federal prosecutor. Sanford also faces an ethics commission hearing.

Topics: Mark Sanford
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
2
Lobbyist Thomas 'Tommy' Boggs dies of heart attack
3
Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos
4
World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State
5
Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black' Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback