Governor Mark Sanford today accused state legislators of trying to “short circuit” the State Ethics Commission process — and of getting the media “ginned up” by releasing letters asking for the governor’s resignation. Sanford called a press conference to respond,after releasing a five page letter of his own to rebut allegations that his travel spending was questionable. Some of those claims have come from a Senate subcommittee probe–released to the AP. No results have been released at this time from the Ethics Commission.
Sanford said he would take legal action if necessary to keep any kind of preliminary report from going to the General Assembly. They are not a prosecutorial body, says Sanford and his attorney, and are not privileged to receive that information. Sanford says the investigation be completed before anything is released, and that he must have a chance to defend himself.
This week, a large majority of the House Republican caucus, along with House Speaker Bobby Harrell, delivered a letter to the governor, calling on him to resign for “the good of the state.” Listen to part of press conference 10min MP3