What House impeachment panel members asked Gov. Mark Sanford's attorneys Tuesday. The panel peppered Sanford's attorneys with questions for three hours.
Rep. James Harrison, R-Richland - Harrison pushed hardest about Sanford flying to an Aiken birthday party. "I'm not sure what the interest of the state would be at a birthday party."
Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester - Chided Sanford's attorneys for trips that do not pass public scrutiny. "Perhaps there's no need because it's so obvious you shouldn't be using the state plane to attend a partisan political event."
Rep. James Smith, D-Richland - Questioned whether Sanford might benefit from attending party fundraisers. "(Wouldn't) raising money ... be a significant draw?"
Rep. Walt McLeod, D-Newberry - Noted if the governor was invited to the Super Bowl because of his office, he could not use the state plane to fly there. "It was clearly understood by everyone that that was not part of his official business."
Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter - Said that there was nothing in ethics laws about the use of state aircraft, and that the governor mixed state-related business into his travels. "Would that legitimize the trip?"
Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville - Asked Sanford's attorneys whether impeachment and ethics charges should be kept separate. "We are talking about the legislative branch taking an action that could oust a duly elected official."
Rep. Jenny Horne, R-Dorchester - Questioned Sanford's attorneys' interpretation of a 1988 attorney general's opinion defining official state business. "The analysis (from Sanford's lawyers) . . . I don't think supports, legally, the conclusion that he made."