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?

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August 12th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Mark Sanford fit to serve as S.C. governor?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford should be impeached for abusing state finances.

So says a state senator who is also a fellow Republican. Senator David Thomas says the governor violated state regulations by billing South Carolina for business and first-class tickets on international flights during trade missions. The law requires officials to buy the cheapest seats possible. He also is accused of using state airplanes for personal and political travel, which he admits doing.

Governor Sanford acknowledges he "did wrong" and that "there are consequences for that.” But the weak-kneed rationale for his malfeasance in office is something along the lines of "other people have done this and even done it more often." It's the kind of logic used by people doing long stretches in prison for robbing banks. Other people did that too.

Of course, Sanford has been under fire since he mysteriously disappeared in late June. At first his office said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. A week later, in a rambling news conference, the governor admitted he was in Argentina with a woman he has been having extra-marital affair with.

At the time, people called on him to resign but Sanford said he planned to continue as governor and would try to fix his relationship with his wife and his 4 sons.

His wife Jenny has since moved out of the governor's mansion in Columbia and taken the four kids with her, but Sanford says they're not getting a divorce.

SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Is Mark Sanford no longer fit to serve as governor of South Carolina?

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