Gov Sanford Fights for Political Life: Seeks to Block Ethics Report

October 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is in the political fight of his life, after he abandoned his constituents this summer for a secret five-day rendezvous with his Argentine Mistress. Since that time, his wife and four sons have departed from the governor’s mansion and both Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature are determined to launch impeachment proceedings against Sanford to remove him from office.

Now, Sanford has taken his fight to the South Carolina Supreme Court and is asking the state’s highest court to block the release of a state ethics report to lawmakers, who may use it to bolster their case for impeachment against the governor.

Sanford and his lawyer, Butch Bowers are arguing that the release of a preliminary report to state lawmakers would prevent him from launching a full defense and would amount to an indictment for impeachment. Sanford wants the ethics panel, investigating him for misconduct, to only make its initial report available to prosecutorial bodies.

Attorney General Henry McMaster asked the Ethics Commission to review Sanford’s use of state and private planes, his purchase of business-class airfare and his use of campaign funds.

If the S.C. Supreme Court declines to block the preliminary report, Sanford asks alternatively asks that the ethics panel makes its decision as quickly as possible.

Some state lawmakers are accusing Sanford of engaging in delay tactics and contend that lawmakers are entitled to the ethics report. Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens said, “I think he’s trying to buy time to force us into the legislative session.”

Regardless of the ultimate destination of the preliminary ethics report, lawmakers plan to proceed with Sanford’s impeachment. Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester says, Sanford’s actions reached the statutory level of “serious misconduct” required for impeachment in South Carolina, when he left the state for five days, ditched his security detail and lied to his staff about his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Sanford has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” to keep his job as governor.

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