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Rally to impeach Sanford set for tonight

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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been quietly back at work this week, making no public appearances. Calls for his resignation have all but died within the ranks of Republican leadership. But tonight, angry citizens will rally at the State Capitol. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: Organizers of tonight's rally have been upset with Governor Sanford for quite some time. Long before he secretly took off to Argentina and returned to admit his extramarital affair, Marilyn Hemingway was mad that Sanford tried to refuse federal stimulus money. He also wanted to reject a federal loan to keep paying unemployment benefits. Hemingway says Sanford's Argentine affair is merely the last straw. "He is in a constant battle with the legislature which is majority Republican," says Hemingway. "What major issue has he accomplished in this state? He is literally known for leaving the state to see his mistress, nationally and internationally." Hemingway is a Democrat and political activist. However, she says nearly 6,000 people have joined her bi-partisan call to oust Governor Sanford on the website Facebook. Tonight's rally will be their first gathering in the non-digital world, but it is unlikely to put much pressure on the Governor. Sanford has made it clear he will not resign. Impeachment also seems unlikely, since Republicans in the legislature lack the two-thirds majority they would need to start proceedings.