In less than a week, Greg Delleney, R-Chester, will be back in Columbia at his desk in the state House of Representatives.
The goal of a brief special session is to fix a legal glitch that could keep 30,000 people from getting their unemployment benefits. However, that's not the only reason Delleney wants to be there. He plans to introduce a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Mark Sanford.
"I can't sit in the General Assembly and allow his conduct to go without any consequences," Delleney told Eyewitness News on Wednesday.
"If character matters, he will be impeached and he will be removed from office," he said.
While the leadership in the General Assembly wants to wait until an ethics committee report on Sanford's travel is released before acting, Delleney sees the issue differently.
"It's the shame and disgrace he's brought to the office of governor, the shame and disgrace he's brought to the reputation of the state. To me, that is enough," he said.
He's talking about the governor's admitted extramarital affair and five-day disappearance back in June. At that time, Sanford lied to his inner circle, telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really with a mistress in Argentina.
Sanford has repeatedly apologized for his actions, and did so again Wednesday while speaking at a rotary club meeting in Clover. The governor has traveled the state speaking to such groups while trying to push an agenda for the January legislative session.
He told Eyewitness News that he's aware of what Delleney wants to do next week, but he isn't focusing on that.
"Critics are going to do what critics are going to do. I understand that, and it goes with the territory," Sanford said. "I'm focused on the job at hand."
Delleney said he doesn't expect any debate on his impeachment resolution and he won't ask for it to be taken up next week. He merely wants to introduce it and get it assigned to a committee. That would officially get the General Assembly involved in the impeachment process.
When asked if some Republicans in his party were tiring of the issue and if support for impeachment was losing steam, Delleney said some lawmakers may have changed their views, but he hasn't.
"If it was wrong in June, it's wrong in November and January," he said.