A South Carolina House of Representatives special panel voted 6-1 against impeaching Gov. Mark Sanford. The panel recommended the censure of the governor and that will be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, December 16.
Committee Chairman Jim Harrison laid out what became the predominant rationale in today’s vote.
Harrison comments to panel (MP3 :42)
Wednesday’s deliberations recapped some of the year’s frustrations of state lawmakers. Dorchester Representative Jenny Horne became tearful.
Rep. Horne (MP3 1:12)
The dissenting vote for impeachment and author of the impeachment bill, Chester Republican Greg Delleney, was adamant that the governor should face removal from office:
Rep. Greg Delleney (MP3 2:20)
Sumter Democrat David Weeks, in his explanation, cautioned fellow lawmakers against setting the bar too low for this Constitutional issue:
Rep. David Weeks (MP3 1:25)