A day after a legislative panel recommended that he not be impeached, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is reportedly girding for battle against his antagonists in the GOP-controlled S.C. General Assembly.
So much for the “walk humbly” approach …
The website SC Hotline is reporting Thursday that Sanford is “ready to unleash $1.8 M in coin on adversaries,” and quotes an unnamed source close to the governor as saying that there is “enough dirt to bury prominent grandstanding adversaries” in the legislative branch of government.
Sanford has $1.6 million on hand in his campaign account, according to the most recent filings with the S.C. State Ethics Commission.
Prior to his “summer of love” – and the subsequent scandals that have tarnished his fiscal conservative credentials – Sanford’s relationship with the General Assembly had been marked by constant bickering.
Of course, that didn’t stop him from endorsing dozens of legislative incumbents in 2004, at the height of his popularity with voters.
In 2006, Sanford largely stayed out of State House races to focus on his own reelection, while in 2008 the governor endorsed conservative Republicans in select races.
More recently, Sanford has been accused of targeting lawmakers who signed on to an impeachment resolution against him.