Sanford Won't Be Impeached
SC House panel votes to censure him instead
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 3:44 PM CST
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and first lady Jenny Sanford, right, welcome guests at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, S.C., on Dec. 3.   (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – It looks like Mark Sanford will be able to finish out his term as South Carolina governor after all. A state House panel voted against impeachment and instead decided to censure him. The lone dissenter on the seven-member panel says he will still try to get the full Judiciary Committee to impeach, but the effort now appears settled, reports the State. Sanford, who got into hot water when he visited his mistress in Argentina, has about a year left.