The annual House Republican caucus meeting last weekend after the topics on the official agenda were discussed, the main topic on the unofficial agenda that has commanded the attention of the entire state, the possible impeachment of Governor Mark Sanford warranted some time for debate. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, who led the meeting, said no one accepted the opportunity to defend the Governor.
While many lawmakers say the governor’s problems have put the state in a bad light, it has open up the opportunity for state legislators to get plenty of face time on local and national television shows to air their views about Sanford.Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday morning Republican Richland County Representative Joan Brady says legislators are waiting for results of the Ethics Commission’s investigation into Sanford’s trips that will determine if any state laws were broken.
“We are lawmakers and we live by those laws and we have to be sure before we proceed with anything whether it is to officially ask for the Governor’s resignation or go ahead with impeachment proceedings, we have to sure that there is concrete, real, firm, and substantial ethical violations.”
Brady says are now taking a wait and see posture concerning a possible call for impeachment, and if any action is taken it probably won’t be done until the next legislative session. “We are waiting to hear what comes out of this Ethics Commission report. However, that does not preclude any one individual, anybody in the House of Representatives when we come back in January, can file a resolution asking for impeachment. Now, whether the evidence is there remains to be seen.”
Brady says the option still remains for Sanford to voluntarily step down. Sanford has been steadfast in his resolve to remain in office and finish out the 16 months he has left in his term. Brady says Sanford should be considering what is the best course for the state of South Carolina.
“He’s very concerned about the legacy that he leaves and at this juncture he perhaps needs to be more concerned about the reputation that he is leaving for South Carolina. “