Mark Sanford -Job Safe, Career Over

Down in the Palmetto State, a House of Representatives panel rejected a measure to impeach Governor Mark Sanford over various transgressions related to his disappearance in order to visit his mistress in Argentina, The defeat of the measure makes it unlikely the governor will be impeached before his term ends in 2011. Instead, House impeachment panel approved an official rebuke - or censure - of Sanford for bringing "ridicule, dishonor, disgrace and shame" on the state, its citizens and the governor's office.  The story in The State:

Sanford has been under scrutiny since June, when he returned from a clandestine five-day trip to Argentina and admitted an extramarital affair. Media, the State Ethics Commission and lawmakers have spent the past six months reviewing Sanford's use of state aircraft, business-class airfare and campaign funds.

Wednesday, the governor said 37 pending State Ethics Commission charges amounted to - at most - minor and technical oversights.

While Sanford's offenses were called "seriously stupid" - the words of state Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville - six of the seven impeachment panel members agreed they were not impeachable.

"We can't impeach for hypocrisy. We can't impeach for arrogance. We can't impeach ... for his lack of leadership skills," said committee chairman state Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, arguing there were not grounds to remove Sanford from office.

The seven member panel voted 6 to 1 to spare Sanford but the once rising star of the GOP right faces a January State Ethics Commission hearing on 37 ethics charges that could carry up to $74,000 in fines. And the full Judiciary Committee also could revive the impeachment bill when it votes on it next Wednesday but that is considered unlikely. It seems that Mark Sanford's job is safe. His once promising political career - Rush Limbaugh had christened Sanford "the GOP's JFK" - it is safe to say is over.

Tags: GOP, Governor Mark Sanford, South Carolina (all tags)

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Re: Mark Sanford -Job Safe, Career Over

It's interesting.

At the beginning when it seems like he had done it because he just fell in love with someone else, there was a little sympathy. But of course, he tried to save his life he already had. If he had resigned the governorship and left to be with the other woman I would have respected him.

by MNPundit 2009-12-10 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Sanford -Job Safe, Career Over

The sad commentary on life today is that jobs, career and social mores matter more than true love. It's just as true for a governor as high-school grad.

And that's sad.

by vecky 2009-12-10 02:53PM | 0 recs
It's NEVER Over For Right-Wingers!

Remember that Ollie North contemplated a run for the Senate AFTER he was convicted of numerous FELONIES in the Iran-Contra scandal and only got off via a technicality!

It's true he could never become PRESIDENT now that he's been "exposed" as a crook and a liar, but that would hardly block him from running for the Senate in S.C.!

His wing-nut base assumes that man is fallible and prone to whore-ing it up amid other moral failings. All you have to do is "sincerely repent" and everything's fine.

The rest of us hold our public officials to higher standards than proven criminal behavior, but not the Fundie wing-nuts!

They would turn out tomorrow for Sanford, as long as they were convinced he was a "good Christian man."

They are quite literally insane. Never put anything past them.

by Cugel 2009-12-11 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Mark Sanford -Job Safe, Career Over

And in other news, the Mrs. is filing for divorce. http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_r oom/2009/12/11/sanford/index.html

by Nathan Empsall 2009-12-11 08:21AM | 0 recs

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