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Censuring Sanford

Highlights of the censure resolution that a House panel passed Wednesday, condemning the two-term Republican for his behavior

Whereas, Governor Mark Sanford was absent from the State of South Carolina and from the United States from Thursday, June 18, 2009, until Wednesday, June 24, 2009 . . . for reasons unrelated to his gubernatorial responsibilities; and

Whereas, the Governor directed members of his staff in a manner that caused them to deceive and mislead the public officials . . . as well as the public of the State of South Carolina as to the Governor's whereabouts; and

Whereas, the conduct of Governor Sanford ... has also brought dishonor, disgrace, and shame not only upon Governor Sanford but upon this State and its citizens which rises to a level which requires a formal admonishment and censure. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved . . . That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, hereby censure Mark C. Sanford, Jr., Governor of South Carolina, for dereliction in his duties of office as Governor and for official misconduct.