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S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford will find a receptive audience of state lawmakers when a resolution calling for his impeachment is heard before a House subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon, sources tell FITS.

The governor – who is facing a separate 37-count ethics complaint – enjoys the support of a majority of the committee members, which will take up an impeachment resolution sponsored by S.C. Rep. Greg Delleney.

This is the same resolution, FITS readers will recall, that S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell ruled out of order during a special session of the S.C. General Assembly last month.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Harrison announced the formation of a six-member ad hoc committee last Friday to consider the resolution, although House Speaker Bobby Harrell is said to have chosen its members.

Of those members, three will reportedly vote to quash the resolution.  They are Reps. Garry Smith (R-Greenville), David Weeks (D-Sumter) and Walt McLeod (D-Newberry).

Two lawmakers, Delleney and Rep. James Smith (D-Columbia), will reportedly vote to move the resolution forward to the full House Judiciary Committee with a “favorable” recommendation.

One lawmaker, freshman Rep. Jenny Horne (RINO-Dorchester), is considered the “swing vote” at Tuesday’s hearing.

Sources tell FITS that Horne wants to vote to in favor of the resolution, but is being pressured by Harrell to vote with Smith, Weeks and McLeod.

Should Horne defy Harrell’s wishes and vote with Delleney and Smith (an unlikely scenario), it would create a 3-3 tie on the subcommittee.  In that case, Judiciary Chairman Jim Harrison himself would then cast the deciding vote – which sources tell FITS would be in favor of moving the resolution forward.

So … it’s all up to Rep. Horne, in other words (send her a message here telling her what you think she should do).

For his part, Delleney sees the hand his impeachment resolution has been dealt and is already lobbying Judiciary Committee members – who will ultimately decide whether or not to move the resolution to the floor of the House.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Impeachment Subcommittee takes place at 1:00 p.m. in the Blatt building on the S.C. State House grounds.

FITS will be in attendance and we look forward to providing you with an update on what (if anything) goes down …