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S.C. Gov. Sanford escapes impeachment

Baltimore Sun

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers voted down a measure to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday, but recommended a formal rebuke that said his travels and trysts with an Argentine mistress brought the state "ridicule, dishonor, disgrace, and shame not only upon Governor Sanford but upon this state and its citizens." Most of the seven legislative panel members said the Republican should resign, though his affair, use of state planes and a 2008 taxpayer-funded trip to Argentina were not serious misconduct that merited removal from office. Sanford has been under scrutiny since June when he tearfully revealed a yearlong affair.

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