The Judiciary Committee chairman of the South Carolina House is holding a second meeting of the subcommittee considering the impeachment of Gov. Mark Sanford. Chairman Jim Harrison gathered the seven-member panel for the first time last Tuesday. The committee’s findings will go on to the full Judiciary Committee by Christmas.
But Lt. Governor Andre Bauer believes that the panel of lawmakers are just going through the motions. “It’s basically a mirage that makes you think something is happening,” says Bauer. “If that’s the case let’s just move forward and get on back to work and get the governor off running around talking to Rotary meetings and get him back on recruiting business and encouraging current businesses to expand.”
Bauer, who is running for governor, says he is skeptical that the sessions will result in impeachment. “I’ve been told by people talking with the leadership that they are not interested in moving foward with that,” says Bauer.
Bauer has been mentioned by the impeachment panel, since he would have been in charge while Sanford visited his mistress in Argentina. “That’s the purpose of having a Lt. Governor,” he says, “to take over if the governor is out of the state or country and not capable of performing his or her duties. If he had done that we probably wouldn’t be going through this right now. But you live and learn from your mistakes and hopefully in the future he’ll take corrective action.”
Bauer says the governor needs to be focused on the state’s double-digit jobless rate. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Blatt Building. The panel meets again Thursday.