November 24th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Any reason not to impeach S.C. Gov. Sanford?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's about time. South Carolina legislators are finally debating whether to recommend impeachment of Gov. Mark Sanford.

A resolution says Sanford engaged in "serious misconduct" that amounts to a "dereliction of his duties." It argues that his actions brought "extreme dishonor and shame" to the governor's office and caused South Carolina to suffer ridicule. So what's to debate?

This all goes back to Sanford's disappearance this summer to visit his mistress in Argentina. The governor lied to his staff about his whereabouts telling them he was hiking the Appalachian Trail - on nude hiker's day.

This impeachment debate is only focused on the idea that Sanford was derelict in his duties as governor. But it comes one day after the state ethics commission charged Sanford with 37 counts of violating ethics laws in South Carolina.

Among other things, Sanford is accused of using taxpayer money for high-priced airplane tickets to travel around the world - and to Argentina. Think he's guilty? While the investigation was going on, Sanford set about amending his ethics disclosure documents to reflect the air travel.

In addition to the 37 civil charges, the state attorney general is deciding if there should be criminal charges. What's to debate?

Sanford's lawyers insist the governor hasn't done anything that rises to the level of impeachment. Apparently it's okay to lie about where you're going and steal taxpayer money for personal airplane travel.

Here’s my question to you: Is there any reason not to impeach South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Laura from San Angelo, Texas says:
Not a single reason, Jack. While he went to Argentina with his other brain, he left the citizens of South Carolina without any leadership in the event of any tragedy that could have struck. I hope for his family's sake this will be short and quick because it's going to be painful for all involved.

John from Texas says:
Not a one that I can think of. The guy is an irresponsible thief and has abused his position of public trust. Guilty. Next case.

Jeff from Ohio says:
If they are going to impeach him, then there are tons of other politicians that should be impeached too. Wasting taxpayer dollars is par for the course with these people. Where’s the outrage that Harry Reid used taxpayer money to buy a vote for the health care bill? Or the outrage that Charlie Rangel is still serving?

Sue from Goose Creek, South Carolina says:
So we spend lots of taxpayer money to impeach him and by the time it is finished, he would have been out of office anyway. Tell me this makes sense for a state with the finances we have. It is fine for those not footing the bill to talk but let’s hear from those who are paying for this.

Bonnie from New Jersey says:
It should be mandatory to resign if you go out in public and act like a love sick teenager as he did. My sister lives in Charleston and said he was the first Republican she ever voted for. Until he embarrassed the entire state, she was quite happy with the fiscal job he was doing. He may have had a bright future.

Ann from Hawaii says:
Great Scott, is he still in office? What's the matter with those people? Do they have no pride for their state and what it stands for? The man is a philandering crook and they should have tossed him to the curb long ago.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Jane (Minnesota)

    This is the business of the people of South Carolina & not the rest of the country! If the people of his state feel there is, then so be it. I'll miss hearing about the adventures of the "Love Gov" if they do.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  2. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The legislature can't consider it fair to the people of South Carolina that in the present competition to entice businesses, they be handicapped with a C Street flake while states like Maine have a responsible governor attending to public service.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  3. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    That ought to be a very short list of reasons.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  4. Mark in OKC

    How about "Freedom of Love"?

    November 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  5. David in San Diego

    How the Hell should I know?

    November 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    No – kick him to the curb. I don't care about the affair – but the other things prove he is unfit.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  7. Tina Tx

    I say leave him in to finish his term. The people of South Carolina voted this clown in and they must suffer along with their choice. Next time check your man/woman out better.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  8. dick from indiana

    This seems to me another case of a mountain out of a mole hill. I don't much care if he went to the moon to see his mistress, flew first or coach, borrowed or stole campaign funds that were given to him to promote himself, or any other of the trumped up charges against him. I suspect if every public official was audited we would find a lot of the same or perhaps even worse. Are we going to audit and impeach all of them?

    November 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  9. Robert Blackwell

    I think he should be bounced out on his ear. He makes a mockery of his office and of his gender.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  10. Tom from Philly

    Yes because he's a good honest decent government official. The greeks had it: throw them out of office and banish them from the land!

    November 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  11. marlene

    Yes, Gov. Sanford should be impeached, along with Sen. Vitter and Sen. Ensign. Any other elected official residing in the "C" street family house should move or resign from their elected position.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  12. Ray in Nashville

    Let's see, Jack, Sanford, Mr. High and Mighty himself, was screwing around on his wife on the tax payers dime. I can't see any reason not to impeach him.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  13. Craig

    Dear Jack,


    Craig in Oklahoma

    November 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  14. Jim in Alabama

    Jack there shouldn't be any reasons. He's violated the law, the public trust, and his wife's trust. Is there any reason to believe that he wouldn't now violate more laws and financial dealings? I think not. The Republicans have already violated their claim to be the party of moral and family values by letting this rat stay in office this long. Kick t he philandering bum and liar out.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  15. Rick - Denver, CO

    A deceitful and cheating politician who extols the preachings of family and morality is nothing new. It will continue unabated until politics is cleaned up. Oh, but wait – politics is deceitful and full of cheaters so nothing will happen.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  16. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Certainly! It would have a detrimental effect on his extra-marital affair funds.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  17. Deborah Guerin

    Do we need a reason other than the fact that he irresponsibly travels overseas without telling anyone on his staff where he is, or leave someone else officially in charge. What kind of Govenor is that?? One the citizens of South Carolina don't deserve!

    November 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  18. DM - San Diego

    The best reason for not impeaching him is simple. The people of S.C. put him and that the fellow who screamed "Liar" at the President of the United States into office. They deserve both of them. They should be exposed for who and what they really are.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  19. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    It should never have had to come to this. Gov Sandord is the very same individual who went on his rampage and demanded that President Clinton resign when he did not violate any Laws with his Affair. Yet the Governor is not MAN enough to follow his own advice. And it is the GOP who is filing the "Dereliction of Duty" charges against him for leaving the State.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  20. Jeff in Houston, Texas

    If one cent of state money was abused in any way, hang him. Otherwise, his personal life is absolutely none of our business.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  21. Rob of Brooklyn

    hell yeah ! The man is another of a long line of GOP snakes . Enough already. They think they can get away with everything & remain Scott free.
    Throw the bum out. Your doing him a favor, then he can move to Argentina now

    November 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    It wouldn't be fair to impeach governor Sanford. If he was a Democrat, this wouldn't be an issue If impeachment proceedings were to take place, then President Clinton should have been impeached for using the White House (government property) to have an affair with Monica Lewinsky., We all know that doesn't apply to Democats

    November 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  23. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    This bozo should be drawn and quartered as well as impeached for his crimes plus he should be sent to prison for a very long time. Have a good holiday Jack.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  24. moiraesfate

    There is no reason not to impeach him.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  25. bonnie from nj

    It should be mandatory to resign if you go out in public and act like a love sick teenager as he did. My sister lives in Charleston and said he was the first Republican she ever voted for and until he embarrased the entire state, she was quite happy with the fiscal job he was doing. He may have had a bright future.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  26. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    If you look at what members of Congress have done (Mr. Rangel for instance) and are still running things, Mark Sanford is a rookie who did a stupid thing and those in power will make sure he is punished for it.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  27. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    If even a fraction of the offenses are proven then yes he should be impeached and removed from office (these are two separate acts).

    November 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  28. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    I don't live in South Carolina, so why should I weigh in? Strom Thurmond had an African-American mistress, yet he inveighed against civil rights and called Martin Luther King a Communist. Is Mark Sanford any different than everything else that comes out of South Carolina? As far as I'm concerned, he's par for the course. Let him stay on so everyone can see the racism and hypocrisy that characterizes South Carolina politics.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  29. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    What we need is to moralize politics, and not to politicize morals Mark should stay in office :First his lover was a woman not a little boy. Second his lover was not a relative being from the south this is a plus+,and last maybe he was trying to learn Spanish a new way ?

    November 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  30. Jeff - Ohio

    If they are going to impeach him, then there are tons of other politicians that should be impeached. Wasting tax payer dollars is par for the course with these people. Wheres the outrage that Harry Reid used tax payer money to buy a vote for the health care bill? The outrage that Charlie Rangel is still serving?

    November 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  31. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Jack, Governor Sanford is a strong proponent of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Is hypocrisy an impeachable offense?

    November 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  32. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Two criminals in the White House lie us into a war in Iraq and shread the Constitution and nothing it done to them. But two other guys have personel indiscretions and look out the sky is falling. Some people NEED TO GET A LIFE and pay attention to what REALLY matters in this world. Mind your own business,damn it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  33. Alex in Seattle

    I really hate Republicans who are caught but try to stay in office. Yes, there are Democrats who get caught, but they are not sanctimonious hypocrites who ran and won on family values while defrauding the taxpayer to visit his mistress over the Father's Day weekend. How's that for upholding family values?

    November 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  34. Don (NH)

    Not one Jack. Then again he's a Republican and they seem to get away with anything they want to do. However, if he was a Democrat he could be brought down for drinking beer on Sunday.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  35. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    No! I guess he did not care about spending your money!

    November 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  36. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Well the stock response from the party of the accused is that this is all some kind of political witch hunt and/or a distraction from (insert hotly contested issue here). That's usually true, but at the same time it doesn't excuse the actions. Sometimes when the whole world is out to get you, there's a good reason for it.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  37. Ron from SF

    If he's impeached, that only leaves John Ensign to joke about. Besides, I like the term: Hiking the Appalachian Trail. He also serves as an example of why we shouldn’t listen to those who tell others how to live. It wasn’t that long ago that Sanford was critical of Bill Clinton’s affair and gays who wanted to marry.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  38. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Let me think a minute!

    November 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  39. Uncle Sam in Florida

    No, I can't think of one.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  40. Michael H. in Albuquerque,NM

    Sanfords mental state looks like a bi-polar disorder. Impulsive, compulsive, emotional extremes and poor judgement. Sanford should not be Governor, but he could be a poster boy for a mental illness campaign.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  41. Rick Medina,OH


    It is actually a huge amount of work, combined with some talent to achieve high office. I've known people that I've shook hands with and conversed year after year at gatherings for a decade or longer before they became prominent. It is a mystery to me that they would let it all get away from them so quickly ... and for what?

    Rick, Medina, OH

    November 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  42. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Jack, this is only a concern to South Carolinians (as Sanford has been finished on the national stage for quite some time).

    November 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  43. steve in virginia

    Not enough information. Since I don't live in South Carolina, it's none of my business unless he's committed a federal crime or his alleged transgressions were funded with federal tax dollars.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  44. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Can't think of a single reason not to impeach the SC governor, Jack. But there are so many other politicians that would meet the criteria, that we might have many vacancies. He is such a dweeb. Embarassing to his office, and his family. And the nation.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  45. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    And South Carolina residents think Sanford made them suffer ridicule? It's been months and their goofball legislators and AG are just now debating what to do? The fact that he still goes to work every day in the Governors mansion is enough reason to ridicule them.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  46. Patsy, Texas

    None that I can think of. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  47. Jim; Spartanburg, South Carolina

    Yes Jack I can. He only has a year left in his term. Who is going to take over? The Lt. Gov. Please, he has more baggage than Samsonite. Tell the Guv to take a year-long vacation in South America and just phone it in and we will elect a real Governor next year.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  48. cy

    Let's be fair. If Sen. John Ensign can run for re-election despite paying off blackmailers who threatened to expose his infidelity, why bug Sanford? If Sen. David Vitter can visit prostitutes and run for re-election, why not Sanford? If Larry Craig can plead guilty to some ambiguous, yet unseemly, goings on in a public restroom, why persecute Mark Sanford. Hypocrisy and selfishness are the foundations of the Republican Party. It's just not fair to single out Gov. Sanford and make HIM obey the laws when the rest of the GOP doesn't have to. cy – Arlington, Va

    November 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  49. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Yeah, here is one. It is a waste of time and money! He is totally ineffective, powerless, and has barely a year left as Governor. His political career is dead. If what he did is criminal, try him in court and send him to jail, and then remove him from office. The impeachment process is just a way for the politicians to make themselves feel better, and get some political exposure. Personally, if I lived in S.C. I would want to keep the national exposure of this to a minimum.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  50. Laura

    Not a single reason Jack..while he went to Argentina with his other brain he left the citizens of South Carolina without any leadership in the event of any tragedy that could have struck.

    I hope for his family's sake this will be short and quick because it's going to be painful for all involved.

    San Angelo, TX

    November 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  51. Peg from NY

    There are many reasons to impeach this Senator. Start with the lie he was on The Appalachian Trail and his spending state funds to travel for his extra curricular pleasures. This is no way to run a state~he needs to GO and should have been gone long ago.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  52. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    If a soldier goes A-Wall they will get court marshalled. What's to debate with Sanford. Derelection of duty – kick him out!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm |

    Jack, impeach the slimeball asap. good riddence to bad garbage.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  54. Jay in Texas

    Other than the fact that he committed no crimes and has not been tried on the ethics violation charges, no. Let's just impeach all the office-holders who do not hold the high "moral" standards that the religious fanatics in this country claim to have.
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  55. Lou from North Carolina

    That is up to South Carolina. They tend to go by different rules by sometimes making the rules as they go.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  56. Mike from Denver

    If was not smart enough to step down voluntarily, impeach him, and charge him in criminal and civil court. Anything less only serves to encourage others to attempt the same behavior.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  57. Dr. Sam

    Reason No. One: Nearly all politicians are dishonest and lie. No. 2. Politicians help themselves first, country second. Would you like to have Joe Lieberman as your Senator?

    November 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  58. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Jack, I do not understand how a governor could walk-off the job for several days; use state funds to visit his lover and still have a job?! Most of us, would have been fired for being AWOL from work!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  59. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    That's an easy question to answer. Yes, he should be impeached. If my memory serves me right wasn't he in Congress and pushing for Clinton's impeachment? I do know for sure he was he spoke out in favor of it. In his case as governor of South Carolina, they have many impeachable offenses that any lawyer just out of night school would know he doesn't stand a chance to defend. Yet he won't resign and prevent his state and especially his family from going through the embarrassment of impeachment proceedings. This thing should have been over a long time ago. It doesn't speak well for the legislators of South Carolina.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  60. Independent Joe


    There is no reason not to impeach the man. Running off to see a mistress in Argentina is just as unethical as engaging in extramarital activity in the oval office. Impeach the man!

    Independent Joe

    November 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  61. Jen from SC

    As a South Carolinian, there's one phrase that sums up how I feel about him: 'Bout time! This child of a governor delayed the stimulus package here saying it's wasteful spending, but then went missing for five days and spent government money to go see his mistress! All this after he has been against gay marriage because it is an "attack on the family" and voted to impeach Bill Clinton! He's beyond hypocritical, but I guess that's what you have to expect from "Family Values" politicians.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  62. charles allen foote

    Governon Sanford has violated every confidence placed in him by his constituency, his political party, his friends and by his family. He is a common criminal, no doubt and should be dealt with as such. Why should anyone look for an excuse not to impeach the rascal? There are more than a few good reasons to proceed. Shame on the SC legislators for procrastinating this long!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  63. Adam in Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland

    The guy's gonna be leaving office in fourteen months anyway. Leave him be and instead devote the time and energy to getting Joe "You lie!" Wilson expelled from the House!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  64. Gerry In Toronto

    Sanford should be criminally charged to set an example for other politicians.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  65. George, Montrose,PA

    Give him the boot and give it to him hard. Anyone in a position of prestige where they could be considered role models for the rest of us, usually making a ton of money, should absolutely be held accountable. Why is this even being debated???

    November 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  66. Meg from Troy

    Sanford should have been gone long ago. He's shown himself to be an amoral man without a conscience. It's all about him–not his wife, not his children, not his state, not his political party, and probably not his soul-mate lover. It's time to let him do his moral meandering on his own time–and om his own dime.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  67. Ellen from St. Augustine, FL

    Absolutely not, Jack. And there's no reason this man shouldn't be thrown in jail, either. What's worse...our taxpayer dollars going to fake congressional districts, or funding an adulterer's international vacation to his girlfriend's house? As a woman, I'd say the latter.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  68. Maria

    I guess only his wife really knows. Yes, it's time to get on w/impeachment. How could we impeach a sitting President for lying to a committee about having sex in the White House, and yet let Sanford have ethics violations up to his eyebrows with no consequences?



    November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  69. Allen L Wenger

    He is a staunch opponent of everything that President Obama wants to accomplish. Does the conservative right need another reason?

    Mountain home ID

    November 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  70. Tim in Texas

    Tell him to take a hike - oh yeah, he already did that. Tell him to take a hike and take his brother in Christianly love, John Ensign, with him. In fact, maybe we ought to take a closer look at all the C-Street cronies and figure out what kind of so called 'Christian' teachings are really going on there.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  71. Mary in Florida

    Hell no. If I was a state employee and did half of what he has already done, I would be sitting in prison.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  72. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No this half of a man has no shame, he knows he has done so many things wrong to his family, and the people of North Carlina, but he is so selfish that he only care about himself tat he won't leave office he will have to be pushed out! That is why he is willing to totally embarrass the entire state, and be impeached instead!

    November 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  73. B

    Impeach him...HA..Give me a break..It's just another example of how the moral fabric of our society has hit rock bottom.I think people really do believe he has done nothing wrong. Whats wrong with this picture??? Again, corruption at it's finest ..

    November 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  74. Darren

    The guy was using taxpayer funds and air travel to hook up with his mistress and that should cost him his job right there.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  75. Scott Stodden

    No Jack he should be impeached as fast as the state of Illinois impeached Rod Blagojevich for corruption and selling a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. There is way to much corruption in all area's of goverment weather its State, Local or Federal goverment and it needs to stop. Gov Sanford is totally wrong for his actions and what he did and he should be held accountable for his actions and if he can't see that what he did was wrong then he deserves no place in an authority position such as Governor of a state.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    November 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm |

    Yes! A dress with incriminating evidence hasn't showed up. No bodies were found in his car in the river.
    Leave the guy alone. He's only a politician at the mercy of a dilapitated system that just happen to get caught. Your just picking on him.
    Go after the real criminals who practice gross misconduct and thievery. Go after the health care industry and our famous leaders who have neglected to fix the system all these past years and allowed to reach a point of no return. We are all doomed.
    Leave Sanford alone.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  77. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Here's a reason not to impeach Gov Sanford – he was overwhelmingly reelected by the people of South Carolina, has admitted his errors, and has done little in comparison to the tax cheating bunch in Washington (Treasury Secretary Geitner, House Ways & Means Chairman Rangel, etc).
    As for the airplane rides he took around the state, I'd like to know the total costs of the free military cross- country trips provided to Nancy Pelosi and the purpose of all those junkets.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  78. Silas Kain

    The devil you know is better than the devil you don't. At least Sanford seems like a sane South Carolinian. If he had the affair with a nice, white Christian Southern woman, there wouldn't even be a debate - just ask John Ensign.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  79. Dennis North Carolina

    should have happen a long time ago.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  80. Terry from Illinois

    I say impeach all Republicans for Outsourcing American jobs which took away medical coverage for working families and now the GOP has the nerve to block reform of Healthcare, Impeach GOP for deregulating Wall Street and other industries (Enron) and for starting the Iraq War while America was already in the Afghanistan War.

    Impeach GOP for giving tax-breaks to companies, during the G.W. Bush days, for "outsourcing" American jobs which caused the worst recession since 1929.

    Obama and the Democrats have not done as bad as the GOP days but need to turn around the American economy. If Democrats do not change some trade agreements and rules to get jobs back in America soon, then impeach them also and "outsource Congress !!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  81. Rory Murray

    The only reason not to impeach him is if he has the good grace to resign and save his state further cost and embarrassment.
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    November 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    No, he was thinking with his crotch, not with his brain. Plus, he couldn't keep his "manhood" to himself. Impeach the adulterer.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  83. Loren, Chicago

    Well, nice of you Jack to hang the Governor already. Do you mention at any time in your article what rules govern the Governor's behavior? He may have done those things, but unless there is some prohibition in South Carolina law or its Constitution, generally, acting like an idiot is not impeachable (otherwise former President Clinton wouldn't have served out his term in office). I have an idea, let the people of the State of South Carolina decide this. Personally, that the Governor behaved like a horse's ass in his personal life means nothing to me. That he lied about where he was going is beside the point, each State has a line of succession and it's not like he's the President of the United States, what happens if Sanford's not available? As with most States, not much. A mountain out of a molehill.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  84. Eric - Houston

    Well Jack, President Clinton was fooling around in his office with an intern and lied about it under oath and while he was impeached, he wasn't convicted. While this was political, as is generally the case with impeachments, I think the Senate was right to be reticent to overturn an election. In Governor Sanford's case, he sure sounds like a disreputable character, that said I would still be slow to impeach until he was actually convicted of crimes serious enough to justify overturning an election. Short of that, I would let the voters of South Carolina have at him next election.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  85. M.J

    Yes. Jack this IS a must. whoelese could be? if you think the GOP will do it keep dreaming for the rest of your life or die quicly. the most brain wash people i ever seen is the American people. they are just like tv screen a remote in your hand. for GOP. G= GARBAGE O= OPPOSE and P=PERISH.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  86. Tim

    Impeach Sanford? How could you even consider such a thing Jack? What in the world would the people of South Carolina do without Governor Sanford and Representative Joe "You Lie" Wilson as their role models? More and more of us are starting to think that politics is the safe haven for criminals these days and that maybe we're in the wrong business as taxpayers.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  87. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    In North Carolina they will indite Duke Rugby players without proof. So to prove itself different, South Carolina won't indite with proof.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  88. MARK PRIBBLE Anna Illinois

    NO: They should make him the poster child of what is wrong with our public officials then give him the BOOT all the way to jail.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  89. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Not that I can think of. This scum bag is so eaten up with his self importance that it is unreal, how do some people get so dumb in such a relative short period of time?

    November 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  90. Sue From Idaho

    Sarah Palin might run and win? The folks in N Carolina didn't know what happiness was till they got Sanford then it was too late.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  91. Greg, Ontario

    Once you break the trust an election should be called to decide what the people want. It is a democracy right?

    November 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  92. Charles -NJ

    The thing is if you impeach him there are half a dozen that have done similar or worse. Yu gonna impeach them too. It has to be consistent treatment.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  93. summitwalker

    Well I guess he is just like "Any Other Elected Official" Do you expect anything else from this poor poor soul????

    November 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  94. John Texas

    Not a one that I can think of. The guy is an irresponsible thief and has abused his position of public trust. Guilty. Next case.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  95. Ann James

    Great Scott! Is he still in office? What's the matter with those people? Do they have no pride for their state and what it stands for? The man is a philandering crook and they should have tossed him to the curb long ago.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  96. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    One reason might be the following defense. He will promise to pay back any airfare and apologize to make it all better. There, feel better America ? No debate. I feel sorry for his state but heck, we got troubles right here in River City !

    November 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  97. Matthew from Orange,CA

    I would think that based on his 'self-inflicted incompacity' to perform his duties as an elected official by sneaking off to his mistress would be enough. His nondisclosure of his whereabouts also further corrupted his office by forcing civil rescue workers and authorities to scour the countryside for someone who wasn't even in the country only compound the issue.

    When you have such disrespect for your office, constituents and your family that you feel you can lie and displace your duties for a little extra-marital 'hanky-panky,' then you don't deserve to be a public servant of such standing.

    I'd love to see Chairman Steele explain how this all still fits in the Republican Mandate.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  98. Ron - Baltimore, Maryland

    Yes he's in "LOVE". Don't we all do stupid things when we are in love?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  99. Karl from SF, CA

    I can't think of one reason not to impeach the slime ball politician turned Christian hypocrite. He's a loser on all fronts. The SC legislature may impeach him for dereliction of duty, but it is doubtful, per some SC legislators, his homeboy Republican Attorney General will file criminal charges on the ethics violations. Personally, I’ll buy him the one way ticket to Buenos Aires if he will just go away forever. In fact, I’ll make it two if he takes fellow dirt ball John Ensign with him.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  100. Nathan Cook, North Carolina

    Jack, as a former South Carolinian, I give you a three word answer to your question: Yes, Andre Bauer.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  101. Ken in NC

    NO Jack. now go get the turkey Sarah Palin picked out for you LOL. HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    November 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  102. Mike Page in South San Francisco, CA

    Reason not to impeach? Cruelty to a dumb animal?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  103. Trudy Boxall

    A South Carolina state employee will be terminated if they are AWOL. Isn't the Governor a state employee?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  104. Peter

    They should have impeached this guy a long time ago. He's the Republican version of Governor Moonbeam.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  105. G. Saldanha

    What part of NO don't you understand Jack. This is akin to the coverage of elective abortion in the RNC while villifying the Dems.
    Is there no sense of ethics anymore in the US.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  106. Ken in NC

    Jack, when a man doesn’t know the difference between hiking the Appalachian Trail and hiking an Argentina Trail, he should not qualify to be a janitor in a government building and definitely not governor of a state. Especially a state so close to the Appalachian Trail.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  107. Tanya Brice

    Yes...there is one reason to not impeach Sanford: Lt. Governor Andre Bauer. If we think that we have been amused by the shenanigans of Governor Sanford, watch out for more entertaining shenanigans from Bauer!!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  108. Mike, Boca Raton

    None that I can think of except for the timing. His impeachment sould be done immediately after Charlie Rangel gets the boot. But that is unlikely to happen in this age of political correctness. If Rangel were white like Sanford, they'd both probably get the boot and good riddance to btoh.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  109. Corey in Iowa

    I think the only reason not to is so Illinois feels better. If Sanford gets booted, and now that Blago is out, who will we make fun of? Comedians might actually have to start working for a living – that's a good enough reason to keep him in office.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  110. Bev -an American in Canada


    Can't believe I actually feel sorry for this guy. he looks a mere shadow of his former self. is anyone taking him even serious at this point. He has lost credibility and people rather pity him now. No, do not impeach him, it is good to see the picture of the GOP everyday, in Sanford and Ensign especially when it comes to re-elections.. At least it is good for the dems which will keep them in power for a long time.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  111. Esther Massillon Ohio

    No and when he does I would give him the scarlett letter to wear. I hate cheater and stupid people.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  112. Patricia/Georgia

    Indite, impeach, and imprison....the man is a cur. He was definitely derelect in his duty to the state the people and his family. He is a liar and a man with little morals. He is a poor example for his children and his wife did the right thing by not standing by him while he lied and she took the boys away. Good for her.....

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  113. Dr. G.M. Brown

    I say no to impeachment. President Clinton philandered with Monica Lewinsky with government resources, utilizing the White House itself. His time and focus with her and the subsequent cover up was time away from national security concerns that could have de-railed 9/11.
    He was not impeached....why should a senator be?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  114. Elizabeth McFadden

    Yes. The lieutenant governor.

    Ridgeway, SC

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  115. eli Q. Abellera

    NO, NO and NO again. He lied and most certainly he will lie again. That is the characteristic of a pathological liar...lie to your face.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  116. Concerned

    Quick answer is NO. An obvious issue here is, when government gets too big, people get too confused, oversight gets too obscured. The solution here is how are we going to prevent this type of behavior from happening again.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  117. Chet Shea

    The Reason?? Bill Clinton!! Why should we impeach this guy when Slick Willie did much worse–lied, had sex with an intern in his office-and lied again. Oh, wait a minute...isn't Sanford a Republican?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  118. Vincent DeFalco

    Short answer: No!

    Long Answer: Nooooooooooooooo!!!

    Vinny, Conroe, TX

    November 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  119. Stephen Teichmann, Laguna Niguel, California

    None. Personally, I am tired of elected officials betraying our trust by taking advantage of their office or status thereof. Another example, my governer here in California and his wife feel they are exempt from the laws the rest of us are required to abide by – talking on cell phones while driving and parking in red zones. It is an attitude of entitlement that they have, that they are better than us. It makes me sick.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  120. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The people of South Carolina should turn the canons around at Fort Sumter and take this clown out. A week or so of relief from the snow in Colorado has put their wonderful state at the top of my list for many years. These people deserve only the best in governance and should act accordingly.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  121. Alan

    Wasn't this the same governor that said "No" to the stimulus money? Of course! He was getting his stimulus somewhere else... A NO BRAIN'R!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  122. Paul

    No.The governor was on his private business. I dont see any reason he need to tell anyone. Also for those who are saying about his wrong doing ,let the one without sin cast the first stone.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  123. Gerald Pelrine

    Why impeach him? He's no more or less human than anyone else, including you and I, Jack. Let's all get off our high horse and be mindful of the things we have done and not been caught. Charity, Jack. Forgiveness?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  124. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – If Sanford's term wil run out before an impeachment process can throw him out, that is the only good reason not to go through with it. Never mind the moral issues, and the reputation of the State – the Governor disappeared for five days, was not where he told his staff he would be, and did not delegate all the authority of his Office to his Lieutentant Governor for the period of his absence. That was certainly dereliction of his duty as Governor. What does it take to earn impeachment there, anyway?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  125. David

    NO! Excuse me, HELL NO! Not that is likely to matter. Maybe I should give in to hedonistic tendencies we all share to one degree or another and run for public office....seems to work well for them.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  126. Esther Massillon Ohio

    Jack how can we allow him to be impeached he is a sick man and we should send him to rehab. Do they have a program for idiots Anonymous.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  127. Don

    Why NOT impeach the Gov ?

    (1) irresponsible, yes, but hardly "high crimes and misdemeanors" (the federal standard - We in SC seem to make up our standards as we go along)

    (2) the lieutenant governor

    November 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  128. Dany C, Charleston, SC

    North Americans don't have maps and uh, Iraq and Argentina don't have education. It'l help South Africa too and our children because they're our future. No governor left behind for world peace.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  129. Allison - Columbia, SC

    Yes, there's a very good reason not to impeach our Governor - Andre Bauer (Lt. Governor).

    (Hint: Bauer was not held accountable for excessive speeding on our highways - not once, but twice! No speeding ticket, no insurance surcharge, no conscience.)

    Allison – Columbia, SC

    November 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  130. Doubleokool in Orangeburg, SC


    I'm home visiting my mother for Thanksgiving in South Carolina from Missouri and we are sitting here watching you on CNN. II must say that my home state's Governor is a pure embarrasment everywhere I go. When people find out that I'm a native of South Carolina, they all start laughing and wondering are we such backwards hicks that we don't have the commons sense to boot Sanford out the Governor's Mansion. Its a disgrace that he has stayed in office this long. The South Carolina Legislature is making our state look real bad by not taking action 6 months ago.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  131. Barroq Safi - San Marcos, TX

    There is no reason whatsoever. His conduct was unbecoming of a governor, let alone any public office. Unless the people of South Carolina deem it okay, which is unlikely, he should be removed from office and indicted on criminal charges.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  132. Paul

    If nothing works why not send the governor to Africa or asoul searching.
    Paul Barranquilla Colombia

    November 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  133. Sue from Goose Creek SC

    So we spend LOTS of taxpayers money to impeach him and by the time it is finished he would have been out of office anyway. Tell me this makes since for a state with the finances we have. It is fine for those not footing the bill to talk but lets hear from those that are paying for this. He was wrong- can we undo it? NO Can we spend lots of money to prove he was wrong when everyone in the state already knows he was? Lets try looking at what is best for our state.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  134. Michael from Ft. Hood Texas

    Jack, not only does Sanford need to be kicked out, but so does most of the other 49 state governors, and most of the 535 members of Congresss, as well as federal judges and most city and state representatives. Our nation has become a banana republic where money and bribery are the norm and the way business is conducted and the of American citizens totally ignored!!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  135. Vincent Lehotsky

    I say we let Mark Sanford finish his term.
    It would cost less in taxpayers dollars trying to throw him out.
    Importantly he has been supplying the press with the wrong doings of those that are seeking his removal. But the press is not interested that prior governors were allowed to do the same as he has done.
    The press is only interested in pandering to those seeking the governership for themselves.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  136. Christopher Nugent

    There is no reason to spare the senator. His irresponsible actions as a public figure is fact disgraceful. He should also be charged criminally. Misuse of tax payers dollars is considered stealing. Public figures like himself that abuse the system should be forced to resign & face jail time. What he perpetrated was in fact a white color crime.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  137. Mike

    Let's see a picture of his mistress first, before we decide.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  138. Marine Corp

    Hey Jack what about Bill Clinton, I missed your bias commit about him. You Liberal

    November 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  139. Andy

    Yes, why should they impeach him? After all former President Bill Clinton looked the nation in the face, lied about his conduct and even though he was "impeached" kept his job. So why should a governor be expected to do any better? I guess they feel it is one of the perks of the job!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  140. buddy

    Are you kidding? No! He's just another pseudo-con falling off his phony-baloney moral high ground that they claim. Sorry loving guns and hating gays does not make you aconcervative. Oh did I mention....NO!!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  141. Carol in Beaufort, SC

    Indeed, what is there to debate? This is a"family values" candidate who disappearance (over Fathers Day, might I add), finally brought to light the level of hypocrisy that so permeates Sandford and other like him in this state. What he does on his own time is between him and his wife. However, even if we ignore the lack of values, family or otherwise, he left the governance of the state in no one's hands because no one knew where he was. Had there been a hurricane (yes, the season was upon us) or some other catastrophic situation, the state would have been rudderless, but then it is for the most part anyway. Impeachable? You had better believe it!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  142. M.K. Kilgore

    Silly question Jack, He's a Can't do anything wrong Republican isn't he. Golly, gee- whiz for sure, yessiree bob.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  143. jeane

    Do unto others as you would have them do to you...

    Let him have a taste of the medicine he spewed at Clinton.

    Impeach today!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  144. AJ, Potsdam, NY

    Gee, Jack; the only reason that comes to mind for keeping Sanford around is that as a poster boy for the hypocrisy of so many in the GOP, he provides a constant reminder of what so many of these actually are: Bible-beating-bunko artists who have hijacked "The Party of Lincoln," turning it into a repository of intolerant hate-filled and bigoted Theo-fascists.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  145. Annie, Atlanta

    No, of course not. Unless you take into consideration the people you're dealing with here. Besides Sanford, think Joe Wilson, Strom Thurmond. Need I say more?

    November 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  146. Ed, Plano,Texas

    Jack: U gotta be kidding me! This is the j
    hypocrite who called for the impeachment of Pres. Bill Clinton. Bill didn't take any tax dollars. Impeach this lying bum, because every dog has his day. Have a wonderful holiday!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  147. Judy Canada

    There is a very good reason not to impeach him. It wouldn't be fair. If you're allowed to go off into the sunset after torturing innocent people and committing war crimes, why would you be impeached just for doing silly things because you're love-struck. Why sweat the small stuff??!!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  148. Michael from Ft. Hood Texas

    Jack, not only does Sanford need to be kicked out, but so does most of the other 49 state governors, and most of the 535 members of Congresss, as well as federal judges and most city and state representatives. Our nation has become a banana republic where money and bribery are the norm and the way business is conducted and the wishes and desires of American citizens totally ignored!!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  149. CaliGirl

    Here's one great reason to impeach Gov Sanford.

    While Mr. Sanford was busy jet setting all over Latin America, my husband and 3,000 other South Carolina National Guard soldiers were sent to war in Afghanistan by Gov Sanford's order.

    It's disgusting to think Gov Sanford was busy with his extramarital affair while the soldiers he sent to war were fighting to stay alive. The families of these soldiers were anguished with fear that they would never see their loved ones again.

    The SC assembly has it right, Gov Sanford has brought shame to their institution. I feel he's brought shame to all mankind.

    Wake up, America! Our military continues to fight two wars everyday! We cannot tolerate "leaders" sending brave men and women to war while turning their backs on them!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  150. Jack Daniels Expat in Bali, Indonesia

    On several levels Governor Sanford has violated the public trust. He has lied and he has treated the public coffers like his personal slop bucket. He isn't qualified to lead the local Rotary Club, let alone the state of South Carolina.

    The only reason not to impeach Mark Sanford would be if Governor Sanford did "the right thing" and resigned first.

    Based on past performance, Sanford's basic nature prevents him doing "the right thing." Pluck the feathers, warm up the tar barrel and get a pole ready to ride this guy out of town.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  151. Angela Savage Austin

    Why? He is not the first or will be the last! This behavior dates back to our founding Fathers and Mothers. " Hush...Hush....Somebody is calling your name." Don't start retracting the double-standards this late in the game. There are far too many "Out there Somewhere" yet to expose....Just haven't been caught yet...though many know about them and what is going on. Act like you/we know!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  152. Richard

    Yes, it's called even handedness. Sure he's a lowlife yet what he's accused of may have cost society perhaps a million dollars. Now what Bush and cheney are accused of cost society billions if not trillions and perhaps 100,000 lives...and they get a pass! Oh yes let's not look backwards. Obama buys into "Too big to fail" and into "Too big to impeach".

    November 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  153. Norm from MD

    Hold it! Do you mean if you are a person holding office you can do illegal and unethical things? I've had enough! Get him out of there and arrest him. Put him in jail for what ever time normal Americans would get for similar charges. Congress and the Senate should be next!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  154. Jessie Stirggles

    Jack – I am from S.C.; Yes FROM! Those people can't get a thing down there – No wonder the crime rate is so high. Governor Sanford should be thrown out the BACK DOOR! 37 charges? only 2 charges would have gotten President Obama impeached. – jess

    November 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  155. John Sessums

    Dear Jack, I think the government needs to get have a public plan for those who pay for employees and everyone should be responsible for health insurance except that there should be a Federal Health Board of Experts such as the Federal Reserve that serve across polical line and can expert decisons about the best technics and trreatments and make cost effective decisions on those recommendations. We have Congressionsl Health Option Plans now and everyone has had Medicare and Medicade since 1865. We cannot continue to have escalating Health costs every year. I am a senior and my wife and I are having a $120 cost increase for our plan and Medicare without any increase for our Social Security. I don't know how long we can continue to pay for those without insurance who don't have jobs or who go to the emergency room. The presidents plan in congress will actually save money and the deficit over the next ten years. Lets get on with a national plan and tweak it later or we will not be able to afford insurance. Then maybe employers can afford to pay a portion for their employees and the employees can afford to pay also. My son had to drop his insurance because it was too expensive and only has catatsropic plan fos two children and his wife. If the Republicans and congress think we can continue on this plan they must be smoking pot.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm |