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Where in the World is Mark Sanford? (The Appalachian Trail)



South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford hasn't been heard from in days. Brett Flashnick -- AP

UPDATE, 10:20 pm: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been hiking the Appalachian Trail for the last five days, according to his office. "I apologize for taking so long to send this update, and was waiting to see if a more definitive idea of what part of the Trail he was on before we did so," said communications director Joel Sawyer. Sawyer added that he would update the public on Sanford's specific whereabouts as soon as he knew them.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's (R) office released a statement maintaining that Sanford's staff had originally told members of his staff earlier today that they were aware of where the governor was -- a claim that wound up being false. Bauer said he personally called Sanford's office requesting a phone conversation with the governor and "that request was denied because the Governor's chief of staff does not know where the Governor is, and has not communicated with the Governor since he left South Carolina last Thursday."

Bauer added that he "cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with [Sanford] for more than four days."

UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Mark Sanford told his staff where he would be and that he would be "difficult to reach" before setting out last Thursday night to points unknown, according to his communications director Joel Sawyer. "The governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it's not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head," said Sawyer in a statement provided to the Fix. "Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions."

Original Post

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has not been seen or heard from since last Thursday, according to the State newspaper, although those closest to him remain unconcerned.

"Gov. Sanford is taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the stimulus battle and the legislative session, and to work on a couple of projects that have fallen by the wayside," said Sanford communications director Joel Sawyer in a statement. "We are not going to discuss the specifics of his travel arrangements or his security arrangements."

Sanford's wife as well as Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said they have not heard from Sanford.

"We've been concerned by the Governor's erratic behavior for some time," said South Carolina Senate Leader John C. Land III. "We're praying for him and his family. I hope he is safe and that he contacts the First Lady and his family soon."

State Sen. Jake Knotts, a Republican, told the Charleston Post and Courier that "ain't nobody seen from him or heard from him since" Thursday night.

Given the decided lack of concern from Sanford's office, it would appear as though there are no fears that the governor is in danger.

Still, pulling a disappearing act like this -- whatever the reason -- is a decidedly odd move for someone who is seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2012.

Sanford prides himself on his willingness to do things differently in politics -- he spent the last seven years clashing with a Republican-led legislature -- and his iconoclast image is part of his appeal to voters.

But, disappearing for days on end is odd behavior even for Sanford.

To be continued...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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Comments

Is it still a "non-issue"? Argentina wants to know! Actually, it could be argued that this is quite an issue in American politics, in that it makes Gov. Sanford something of a non-issue when it comes to top contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination for U.S. Prez. In that context, it's a game-changer.

Posted by: XLTJ | June 24, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Could this have turned into a bigger non-issue? I'm a Democrat and Stanford is not my cup of tea. So he took a long weekend. His staff pretty much told the Lt Gov staff's the equivalent of "buzz off" and the Lt Gov decided to go frontal. We all are now voice mail and txt msg "time management/avoidance" experts. A more likely scenario is that he checked the cell phone messages and until this brouhaahaa there was nothing urgent in the messages his staff left for him and therefore he didn't need to get back to them. And if the LT Gov has to go thru the Gov Staff to get a hold of the Gov then they must not speak too often anyway.

Posted by: stacieskelley | June 23, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

How long before Jake delivers another "in a civil manner" scold?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 23, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone checked the archdiocese or Foley?

Posted by: monet767 | June 23, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if Gov Sanford realizes that the man-made parts of the Appalachian Trail were built during the Great Depression by the WPA (or one of those FDR federal jobs programs with 3 initials). It would be the kind of project that Sanford and friends would brutally criticize today as "socialist" or "make work". The cost of such programs was actually quite modest (compared with DOD weapons systems for example) and unlike the massive TARP funds they actually produce things of lasting value, open to all citizens for decades to come. Maybe the good Governor will reconsider federal employment programs during his hike on the "socialist" mountain trail. With South Carolina now having nearly the highest rate of unemployment in the nation, Sanford has a clear chance to help the unemployed while creating new landmarks of both natural beauty and practical utility for the nation, for all Americans. Governor, throw off your partisan blinders and dare to be great!

Posted by: XLTJ | June 23, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Read the latest "Sanford Returns" thread (if you can) you illiterate morons.

Posted by: JakeD | June 23, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

He looks guilty as sin in this picture. I would have to wonder what the cover up was? Or who he made the pay off too? He had to be up to no good to do something this stupid. I'm sure the cover up will go on with several add on"s in the next couple weeks.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | June 23, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It's weird to disappear for several days, including (as Hallmark Holiday as it may be) Father's Day and not tell your wife and kids.

It's also weird to be so allied with a political party that you would defend such behavior because the weirdo doing it has the letter in front of his name that you like.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Earth to JakeD..Earth to JakeD..Can you understand English? NO!

I can tell you that when the Gov comes back he will tell a whopper of a story. He will then backtrack..restate..retract..dodge..bob and duck, and basically be elusive. Then blame the whole incident on the evil..evil liberals and socialists.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 23, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Just to plunk down my 2 cents -- and to repeat what others have said -- if the Governor is getting away from it all by going on a lollapalooza of a hike, I say go for it. I'd love to be hiking on the Appalachian Trail right now, myself.

Posted by: dognabbit | June 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Look people, even "bsimon1" is fine with Sanford's hike (assuming that the Governor told SOMEONE, at least, which he did). No one knew exactly where he was on the trail, but they knew which trail. That's plenty for any hypothetical "emergency" that never materialized. I know, for a fact, that cell coverage at Disneyland is spotty; if he went to the Magic Kingdom instead, would you be screaming about that too? I repeat, this is a non-story. Obama's press conference will make more "news" than this in a few hours.

Posted by: JakeD | June 23, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

JakeD:

I did read but obviously you're terrible at reading comprehension. If you had read the State article that clearly states she did not know where he had gone maybe you wouldn't be making yourself look like an ignorant fool. Not being worried about him is something different. Try again tool.

And going off on the trail like that without telling anyone is incredibly dangerous and reckless as any experienced hiker will tell you. I seriously doubt the "we were waiting to figure out where he was." They obviously didn't know and Sanford doesn't care about his responsibilities. It's one thing to take some time off but when you're in an important position you can't make yourself completely offline because of the implications.

Posted by: mtcooley | June 23, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually "somewhere on the Appalachian Trail" is not much of a satisfactory answer for the "Executive Officer" (as Sarah Palin likes to say) of a state with over four million people. What if there was a 9/11-like attack on the state capital in Columbia, SC? Well at least he wouldn't be trapped in a classroom by a pet goat for over 7 minutes - but then again, it might take over 7 hours to find the governor in the woods. The state troopers might even need to "call out the dogs" to track him down. They better have an unlaundered piece of the governors clothing to get the bloodhounds all psyched up on the executive scent.

Even within your article, it's shown that the governor's office falsely said that Sanford could be reached by phone:

"....they were aware of where the governor was -- a claim that wound up being false[!].
...the Governor's chief of staff does not know where the Governor is, and has not communicated with the Governor since he left South Carolina last Thursday."

And what value is there in simply saying he's on the Appalachian Trail? That's like saying someone is 'in the Great Lakes area' or 'on the Gulf of Mexico'. Not exactly useful information.

Posted by: XLTJ | June 23, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I think the Appalachian Trail story is a cover for his having gone to a rehab clinic. Just wait. I will all come out.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 23, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the most trivial stories written by Chris. Who really cares if a politician goes off trekking in the woods for a few days without everyone knowing about the excursion?

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 23, 2009 4:18 AM | Report abuse

He's probably in Charleston doing a long line of sailors fresh back from a long submarine cruise

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 23, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Chris- First one hopes family and friends were not on the red line. What a shame for the families. Hearts go out to those who were harmed. On Mark Sanford- what responsible governor just up and leaves without letting someone know? I've done parts of the trail and have friends in Winchester- the cell phone almost never works, so the state has been leaderless since Thursday? Giving pause, one could argue they have been since the day after he was elected. This isn't manly, cute or charmingly eccentric, it's reckless and irresponsible. People get thrown out of the army for dereliction of duty.

Posted by: slmdarien | June 22, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey jaked,

How's family feud going?

Your "big non-story" is going south on Gov. Sanford.

He's dooooomed!!


"Posted by: ddixon94@4:50 PM
Am I the only one who thought he might be having a little plastic surgery work done?"

That's it jaked!!! Gov. Sanford is Gov. Palin in DRAG!!!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | June 22, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

As a big fan of the AT myself, I can understand the Governor's desire to get away from everyone and spend a few days on the trail. I would never vote for the guy because of his conservative policies; and while it was probably not the best move to not tell anyone where he was, I don't blame him for disappearing and I think we should just let it go.

Posted by: jameshauser | June 22, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

His wife not knowing where he is or being concerned that he was missing for several days.... sounds like she's used to that treatment. Whatta guy!

Posted by: bgormley1 | June 22, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

As a South Carolinian, I’m perfectly happy to see the back of Governor Sanford if only for a few days. Alas, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is an idiot in his own right. The 2010 election cannot come soon enough.

I hope Sanford has just torpedoed any chance he had for the 2012 nomination. He’s an ideologue who puts his doctrine before the situation facing the state. But then why should he care that SC has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country? His real concern is selling his $3.5 million oceanfront mansion.

Posted by: Paula_G | June 22, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

And, after all that work (though it was a labor of love) collecting headlines, I have to say that the Gov gave a pretty good excuse. In my opinion, he probably ought to have been a little more forthcoming with his staff and the Lt Governor. I certainly let people know before I hiked the Appalachian Trail - start to finish in 99. So I'll give the Gov props for picking a pretty good diversion from the daily grind.

Farlington Blade: "A Walk in the Woods" should be subtitled "How not to hike the Appalachian Trail". Funny as hell though.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Today we have the Top Ten headlines indicating your political career may be on the downturn:

At, #10, TPM Muckraker:

Sanford Confusion: Gov's Office Won't Say They've Talked To Him

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/06/sanford_confusion_govs_office_wont_say_theyve_talk.php

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Pretty cool. I may not be a fan, but I'd love to have time to hike the trail. Hopefully, he brought along a copy of A Walk In The Woods (Bill Bryson).

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 22, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

#9, Politico takes a more sympathetic tone:


Staff says Gov. Mark Sanford is safe

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24046.html

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

#8, CBS goes for a less-clear headline:


SC Relocates Its Governor

http://www.cbsnews.com%2Fblogs%2F2009%2F06%2F22%2Fpolitics%2Fpoliticalhotsheet%2Fentry5104387.shtml


To where did they relocate him? Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

at #7 a creative entry from Christian Science Monitor:


Missing: One South Carolina governor. Has sentimental value…

http://features.csmonitor.com%2Fpolitics%2F2009%2F06%2F22%2Fmissing-one-south-carolina-governor-has-sentimental-value%2F

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

More headlines signifying your political career may be on the downturn (#6):


AWOL South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has entire state in a tizzy

http://www.nydailynews.com%2Fnews%2Fus_world%2F2009%2F06%2F22%2F2009-06-22_awol_gov_sanford_has_south_carolina_in_tizzy.html

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Hummm .... I wonder what it was like in 1852-1856 as the Whig party imploded during its family feud?

Posted by: knjincvc | June 22, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Jon and Kate filing for divorce is a bigger "story" than this. I'm going to go watch Family Feud now. See you on the next thread.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

jaked wrote:
"Because this is a big non-story."

It would be if Gov.Sanford had left his Lt. in charge before disappearing.

I believe Sanford damaged himself earlier when he tried to refuse bailout funds intended to help South Carolinian's.

Sanford has clearly removed himself from further consideration as a GOP contender for POTUS.

Posted by: knjincvc | June 22, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@broadwayjoe - No, it should be


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I don't care.

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:-)

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 22, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Because this is a big non-story.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

The word is he hit a porter. The porter mistooked the the bags underneath Sanford's eyes as luggage. When the porter reached for them, Sanford threw a backhand at the guy. Sanford is now in county lock-up. His new cell-mate bubba is into tea-BAGging.

Posted by: itsrba | June 22, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey jaked,

Why are you trying to defend Sanford?

Posted by: knjincvc | June 22, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Sanford gets ideological bragging points while unemployed South Carolinians lose their families, their houses, drop off their pets for euthanasia, because the unemployment checks ran out and there are no jobs. Why should such an irresponsible crazy be held in any kind of high regard?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? I am glad I don't live in South Carolina. If this man were my governor I'd be having a fit with his narrow minded ,selfish self. This is a man who puts principles above the needs of the people in your state. Take a lesson from a fellow GOPer Mark and I don't mean Lindsey Graham. Gov Arnold of California. You have to do what the people want. You have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country. Your state like every other state has debts. Yet you cling to your less taxes, less government ideas. Who the heck is going to fix things in your state if the state government doesnt?

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | June 22, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

See the UPDATE (above) people.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford is safe and secure, his office said Monday afternoon, moving to tamp down speculation that he had gone missing ... His communications director, Joel Sawyer, wouldn’t disclose Sanford’s location but said that before the governor left town last week “he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach.” ... Sawyer added: “The governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it's not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head. Obviously, that's going to be somewhat out of the question this time given the attention this particular absence has gotten.”

Sanford allies blame that attention on some of the governor’s adversaries, especially state Sen. Jake Knotts, a veteran Republican who has clashed repeatedly with Sanford.

It was Knotts who provided the only on-record confirmation of Sanford’s absence to The State newspaper, prompting nationwide buzz about the unlikely story of the disappearing governor.

Knotts demanded in an interview Monday with The State to “know immediately who is running the executive branch in the governor’s absence.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24046.html#ixzz0JCsGFENx&C

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Two words for a guy away from his family on Fathers Day weekend:

Vito
Fossella

Posted by: TeddySanFran | June 22, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Sanford has some "problem." Let's see whether the MSM, that wastes so much time on fake issues (e.g., jokes about Palin, BHO's Dijon mustard on hamburgers), will investigate this real story.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 22, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

TIMJOFRED and hayden1:

What I said is that his wife now knows (present tense) where he is -- she wasn't "concerned" even when she didn't know -- the story linked to by Mr. Cillizza also says Sanford’s office told the lieutenant governor’s office Monday afternoon that Sanford has been reached and he is fine. Did you not read the same story I read? "Sanford, missing since Thursday, reportedly located" http://www.thestate.com/local/story/836552.html

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

In memory of Hall of Fame troll 37thand O:

I

don't

care.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 22, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Gov. Sanford is unwinding by meeting with Mark Foley and Larry Craig at a secluded airport in New Orleans with David Vitter and Ted Haggard.

Posted by: TIMJOFRED | June 22, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Just because The Fix doesn't know where Sanford is doesn't mean anything nefarious has happened.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse
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And neither did his wife....For the last 3 days! What was he doing on Father's day? Oh yeah...he probably was doing some family values-moral values thing like deserting his family.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 22, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD:
Sanford's wife as well as Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said they have not heard from Sanford.

What part of this do you not get? You keep saying that his wife knows where Sanford is, but neither she nor the Lt. Gov. say they have heard from him. She also doesn't sat that she knows where he is. Are you able to connect the dots yet?

Posted by: TIMJOFRED | June 22, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

A real family man....So he takes-off on Father's day to clear his head but doesn't tell his family whre he is....Family man...Yeah right! Another loud mouth conservative hypocrite is more like it!

Posted by: hayden1 | June 22, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The session is over and the gov takes a long weekend and turns off his cell phone. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!

Posted by: hype1 | June 22, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Gee, he's a Republican ... a good, Bible-thumping, family-values zealot ... I guess I would look for him in all the airport toilet stalls and ask around among the underage pages, dominatrixes and meth dealers.

Posted by: edgy2 | June 22, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone left in the Republican party that isn't crazy, terminally immoral, or just outright crooked?

Posted by: reporter1 | June 22, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Saford looks like the guy in the bubblegum comic who had his sweater up over his mouth an nose

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

If he is missing it is no great loss. Sanford is just another Republican who loves being in charge, but hates government. Think Palin, Schwarzeneger, Bush and that other paragon of virtue, Newt Gingrich. Essentially, what all these folks have in common is a belief that government is evil because it takes rich folks money in order to help the less fortunate. And yet, governing is the vehicle for their fame and glory in this life. Perhaps one of the unemployed persons in South Carolina kidnapped him in retalliation for his refusing unemployment benefits extension money from the Feds. That is the other characteristic he shares with this "illustrious" group; he does not give a damn about the suffering of any other human being. That was why the Republicans failed last fall. They belive in a white, right-wing god, but don't give a hoot about human beings welfare.

Posted by: fstanton66 | June 22, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I like Governor Sanford, but this is too strange a move for the Governor of a state (any state) to make. If you need to be able to take multiple days off without being reached, then you don't need to be a Governor. I don't care if his wife doesn't mind that the father of her children takes off to parts unknown for four days (including Father's Day!!!!). The people of South Carolina deserve better than this.

Posted by: KatieAtl | June 22, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Candor and introspection don't require arch secrecy.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I just hope he is OK. Every person sometimes needs some space from life and others. If that is the case, than his priorties might just be alright. More people should spend some time in their year for a little quietude with themselves. You will learn alot about yourselves, and you might even benefit from it.

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | June 22, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Where is South Carolina's governor? Gov. Mark Sanford's wife said Monday she did not know the location of the two-term Republican chief executive. Sanford's staff declined to disclose where he was. First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press her husband has been gone for several days and she doesn't know where.

==

Anyone need to be reminded why we ignore JakeD?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"This whole GOP thing is shaping up like a classic political thriller movie. One by one the likely candidates get knocked out, leaving the nomination to some mystery candidate."

Maybe Sarah Palin is really an evil genius like she was on South Park.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's having an affair with Kate (Jon and Kate plus Eight). Her husband doesn't know where she is at.

http://www.kansascity.com/stargazing/story/1266234.html

Makes sense.

Posted by: itsrba | June 22, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Someone check the browser history on his PC, he's probably been looking for a bondage partner, he found one, and now he's off living up his fantasies.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This whole GOP thing is shaping up like a classic political thriller movie. One by one the likely candidates get knocked out, leaving the nomination to some mystery candidate.

We'll probably learn that Willard Mittens Romney likes to strap his dog to the top of his car on long family trips or something wacky like that.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

He's as bad as Mayor Fenty!

Posted by: eabgarnet | June 22, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah he proclaims himself to be a "registered indendent," which is to say afilliated with a political party and not affiliated with a political party, which is to say, confused and not very bright.

The cognoscenti ignore his posts

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

koolkat,
Just ignore JakeD. He's a right-wing mouthbreather, but he's still self aware enough to be ashamed to call himself what he is - a Republican.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 22, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If he reappears with a new look and no bags under his eyes, that will answer your query
:D

Posted by: gigimn37 | June 22, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

He does sort of look like Waldo in that picture.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I am glad he understands he needs to spend less time with his kids. This must be a practice session.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 22, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"I give up!"

I doubt it.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I give up!

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Coming in 5th place for "headlines that may be detrimental to your political future" we have The Fix (where you are now) and ABC News, who went with similar themes:


Where in the World is Mark Sanford?

and

Where in the World is the SC Governor?

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/comments?type=story&id=7901167

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Another prominent Republican trying to get big on the national stage dives into irrelevance.

Ho hum, another week of sam-o sam-o.

The real question is not whether his wife knows where he is, but does she know where he is going?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 22, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

You people need to learn to read -- this is not even a "scandal" that needs to be minimized -- his wife (JENNY SANFORD) and his office know where he is as well.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Whether his wife knows where he is is irrelevant. The people of SC have a right to know where he is.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

For a non-Republican, jaked sure spends a lot of time defending Republicans, explaining away peculiar Republican behavior, minimizing Republican scandals, etc, etc.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Headlines you don't want to see when you're considering running for President (#4):

SC Gov. Sanford disappears; last heard from on Thursday

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2009/06/22/sanford

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The next time you hear some right-wing lunatic fringer (JakeD) going nuts (or one of their corporate media enablers, like WaPo) because president Obama is taking his kids out for custard rather than...well...doing whatever the hell it is they THINK he should be doing, you might want to remind them of this one.


Here is the "responsible" Republican way to deal with job stress:


~Take your taxpayer-funded car, and head out.

~Don't tell your consituents where you're headed.

~Don't even apparently tell your wife where you are headed (on Father's Day weekend, no less!).

~And, when people start to wonder where their governor slipped away to, and when they start to wonder, legitimately, who is in charge, tell them that you need to "recharge."

Posted by: DrainYou | June 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

#3 in headlines that may be detrimental to your political future:


Where is Governor Mark Sanford? First Lady doesn't know.

http://www.counton2.com/cbd/news/local/article/where_is_governor_mark_sanford_first_lady_doesnt_know/35153/

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

No, his wife does know where he is.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The 2012 GOP field is already shaking out. Nutbars need not apply.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 22, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I go to thinking if he aint here he might be a-walking with the Lord as seen so many abad things going on this world since mr. bush left them white house.

Posted by: opita1 | June 22, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

#2 in Headlines that may be detrimental to your political future:


Have you see this man? SC GOV, MIA

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/22/1973676.aspx

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is this really showing responsibility with taxpayer dollars?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | June 22, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thought he might be having a little plastic surgery work done?

Posted by: ddixon94 | June 22, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

When the mayor of Portland pounced on his seventeen year old friend the day he turned eighteen...then lied to everyone about it until Beau Breedlove (no kidding) told everyone what had happened...he had to go take care of some unfinished business too.

We still have not heard whether he took a paid or unpaid LOA, nor how the disappearance was coded by City HR (FMLA?).

Posted by: shrink2 | June 22, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

mtcooley:

Did you even read the link? His wife KNOWS where he is, and "[s]he said she was not concerned ... Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something." How much more of a NON-STORY do you want? "Sanford’s office told the lieutenant governor’s office Monday afternoon that Sanford has been reached and he is fine, said Frank Adams, head of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s office on aging."

Sanford’s last known whereabouts had been near Atlanta because a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said. His office now knows where he is as well, Adams said.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Headlines that may be detrimental to your political future....


SC governor's whereabouts unknown, even to wife

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jG3Xqgk_yvHFCxzYZIaivTgoMo0gD98VUD600

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Although, if there's anyone who I would suspect just wants to get away from all the crrap of his day job and his family and just be a hermit for a few days, I'd have to say that Sanford is a good candidate.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Sanford was probably off visiting his second family. Fathers day weekend is always a good time for Republicans to put their "family values" in action - just ask Jon Ensign, David Vitter and Larry Craig.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 22, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Not even the Governor's wife knows where he's been since Thursday?

Oh oh.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 22, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Not even his WIFE knows where he is? That's pretty bizarre. I can't see how there isn't some concern about this. It can't be easy for a governor of a state to disappear like that.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

He probaly had an affair and now needed to repent to his Minister.

It'll be OK, he's a Republican.

Posted by: paguy1 | June 22, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

>>Just because The Fix doesn't know where Sanford is doesn't mean anything nefarious has happened.

Yes because going off and not telling your wife or family where you are is totally 100% normal and not suspicious. I mean come on now. Most normal people at least tell their families where they're going and how to get in touch with them. Even if I want my family to leave me alone I still give them a way to get in touch with me and where I'll be and when I'll be back. And he never implied nefarious, just that it's really freaking weird. Which it is.

Posted by: mtcooley | June 22, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The story to which The Fix links, above, has an update that the Governor has been located. It also notes that this is not the first time he has given his protective detail 'the slip'. Strange.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 22, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Wolf Blitzer's program today that he would NOT be running for California Governor next year.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Oooooooh, his "security arrangements"

(wriggle wriggle wriggle)

sounds all, you know, military an' stuff

(wriggle wriggle wriggle)

I bet he's at an *undisclosed location*

(wriggle wriggle wriggle)

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

hayden1:

That's (at least) better than Obama hooking up with Larry Sinclair.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell does Sanford have me on his mailing list? I wouldn't trust a Republican with my lunch money, and I wouldn't send a Republican a single red cent.

These guys have nothing to offer America, they just want to get back in power and the only way they can do that is for America to suffer some calamity that will get us thinking emotionally instead of rationally.,

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 22, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's gone cruisin with John Ensign to pick up some country gals.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 22, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Just because The Fix doesn't know where Sanford is doesn't mean anything nefarious has happened.

Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Another blog suggested he was writing a letter to his kids. Perhaps he's writing something related to 2012?

Posted by: seli0052 | June 22, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Where's goofy Wingnut Mark Sanford?


He's busy making hip-hop videos with Grandmaster Steele:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWTh9_A6t8w
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Posted by: DrainYou | June 22, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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