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Lawmaker seeks Sanford's impeachment

Lawmaker seeks Sanford's impeachment
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, seen in an October 29, 2008 file photo at a Committee on Ways and Means hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, admitted to an extramarital affair on June 24, 2009, after he disappeared from South Carolina for a week, secretly traveling to Argentina with his mistress. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn/File) | License Photo

COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford should be impeached for allegedly not seeking the lowest airfares while conducting state business, a lawmaker says.

Republican state Sen. David Thomas has accused Sanford of abusing his position of authority during two trips taken to London and China, charging $13,700 to the state could have been avoided if he had sought the most economical airfares as required by state law, CNN reported Tuesday.

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Sanford, 49, is already under fire for disappearing for nearly a week in June. The married governor eventually admitted he was visiting a mistress in Argentina.

"The two flights by Gov. Sanford were in violation of the South Carolina Code of Regulations," Thomas said in a letter to members of a legislative oversight committee. "The difference in price between the most economical and the more expensive price of the seats the governor chose is approximately $13,700."

Thomas told CNN he thought the violations were enough to trigger impeachment proceedings.

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