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    WASHINGTON (CNN) After a bruising session with the state legislature, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has mysteriously stepped out of the public eye.
    Even his wife, Jenny, said Monday that she didn’t know where the governor was, according to the Associated Press. But Sanford's office expressed no concern Monday afternoon about his absence.
    Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said Sanford “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.”
    However, Sawyer added in a statement sent to CNN: “Obviously, that's going to be somewhat out of the question this time given the attention this particular absence has gotten. Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach. 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.”
    Earlier in the day, Sawyer said Sanford had simply taken some time away from work to “recharge after the stimulus battle.” Sawyer did not address Jenny Sanford’s comments to the AP in either statement.
    State Sen. Jake Knotts, a fellow Republican and opponent of Sanford, told CNN that South Carolina law enforcement officials informed him Saturday that the governor had taken a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division vehicle on Thursday and had not yet returned.

    "I found out that he was taking frequent trips at odd times of the night in a SLED car with no security," Knotts said. "He would be driving. I got wind that he had taken another one of these types of capers last Thursday, and that nobody knew who he was with.
    Knotts added: "On Saturday, I still was getting wind that he had not shown back up and nobody knew where he was."
    Knotts said a SLED official told him on Monday that Sanford still had not returned.
    "He needs to transfer the power and let the lieutenant governor, which the constitution requires, let him be the person that makes the decisions." Knotts said. "My concern was 'Who would be in charge should an emergency arrive for the safety of the people and citizens of the state?'"
    State Senate Minority Leader John Land, a Democrat, accused Sanford of engaging in "erratic" behavior.
    "We've been concerned by the governor's erratic behavior for some time," Land said in a prepared statement. "We're praying for him and his family. I hope he is safe and that he contacts the First Lady and his family soon."
    South Carolina governor goes missing
    Maybe Sanford is off somewhere pouting because he was forced to take the evil socialist stimulus money.

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    Please. Here's another article that makes things a bit clearer:

    Today we learned that South Carolina's wingnut Republican governor, Mark Sanford, has been missing since last week. The staff of the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful now says he is "safe and secure" and "just needed time to clear his head."

    Reports Politico:

    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."

    "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," said Sawyer.

    Sanford's wife, Jenny, told The Associated Press Monday that she was unconcerned and that the second-term governor is "writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids."

    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."

    The South Carolina State Police told the press earlier today that they'd traced Sanford's cell phone to a tower in the Atlanta area. All of this obviously means that Mark Sanford is having an affair. We can only hope that it's a gay one. Does anyone know if Lindsey Graham and/or Charlie Crist were in Atlanta at any point over the past few days?

    UPDATE:Well here's another interesting twist in this sordid little tale—A representative for Sanford is now saying that "the governor is hiking the Appalachian trail," which obviously means that instead of having an affair, Sanford is getting raped by mountain people in the woods, so his Presidential aspirations are safe, for now, and all of this is David Letterman's fault, obviously. Gawker — Gossip from Manhattan and the Beltway to Hollywood and the Valley
    He needed space away from the kids on FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND?? Either he has a mutant love child somewhere or else he was holed up with two male hookers and a big ole bag of meth.

    Here's a longer article:

    In a new twist to an already-bizarre episode, South Carolina’s lieutenant governor said Monday night that neither he nor Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff know where the governor is and that Sanford’s office refused his demand to talk to his fellow Republican.

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who was elected separately from Sanford, issued a statement to POLITICO after a day of frenzied national speculation about the governor’s whereabouts.

    Bauer said he called Sanford’s office Monday and requested an “immediate phone conversation with the governor.”

    “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 said. “I cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with him for more than four days, and that no one, including his own family, knows his whereabouts.”

    But Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer issued a statement late Monday night saying that the governor was “hiking along the Appalachian Trail,” the first word on Sanford’s location since he was seen departing the state capital on Thursday.

    “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,” Sawyer said in the statement.

    Yet asked if he had spoken with Sanford, Sawyer wrote in an email message: “No, not today.”

    And the spokesman wouldn’t say where on the approximately 2,175-mile long trail Sanford is.

    “We're not discussing location, other than to say he's on the trail,” Sawyer wrote.

    As for Bauer’s accusation, Sawyer shot back: “We actually just tried to call the Lt. Gov., and he didn't call back.”

    The extraordinary back-and-forth between the state’s top two officials is suffused with politics. Sanford and Bauer have a distant relationship and Bauer is positioning himself to run for governor next year, when Sanford is term-limited out of office.

    Sanford has not endorsed in that contest but has offered kind words for one of Bauer’s potential primary opponents, Columbia-area state Rep. Nikki Haley.

    Last week, Bauer took to the House floor to successfully lobby to override Sanford’s veto of a budget item providing the lieutenant governor with a state security detail.

    Earlier Monday, Sawyer said that before the governor left town last week “he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach.”

    “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,” said Sawyer.

    Sanford’s wife, Jenny, also told The Associated Press Monday that she was unconcerned and that the second-term governor is “writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids.”

    Sanford allies blamed the initial 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.”

    “As the head of our state, in the unfortunate event of a state of emergency or homeland security situation, Governor Sanford should be available at all times to the chief of [the state police force],” Knotts said.

    State authorities told the paper that Sanford’s last known location was somewhere near Atlanta where the governor’s phone signal was picked up by a local cell phone tower.

    Sanford’s solo summer sabbatical is only the latest reminder of his eccentricity.

    “He marches to his own crazy beat,” said one veteran Palmetto State GOP strategist when asked about this Salinger-like episode.

    Sanford, a potential 2012 presidential aspirant, has previously raised eyebrows in South Carolina for bringing squealing and defecating pigs into the statehouse to make his case against pork-barrel spending and for sporting a ratty blazer to his own inauguration.

    A former House member, he easily won his gubernatorial races and has been more popular with the electorate than the state’s political class.

    But with unemployment climbing in South Carolina, Sanford has come under fire for initially refusing to take some federal stimulus funds.

    Now he’s sure to become the butt of late-night television jokes for a time, not exactly the preferred launching pad for White House hopefuls.Missing Gov. sparks political fight - Politico.com Print View
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    Why is it that the Republican governors don't want to do their jobs? First, Palin is hardly ever in Alaska and Sanford disappears. The Democratic governors just get impeached or resign over sex scandals, but at least they're actually in the state.

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    Sanford's going inter-state for his nookie.
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    One more crossed off the Presidential list...
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    I'm gagging to know exactly what he was up to.
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    Chess. I am sure he was playing chess.
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    I vote backgammon.
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    We may be giving him too much credit. He might be playing Old Maid.
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    Yea this is all kinds of fucked up.

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    he was holed up with two male hookers and a big ole bag of meth.
    The only logical explanation.
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    Default South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is hiking the Appalachian Trail

    Well, here's the official story - hiking the Appalachian Trail. Wonder what that's code for.

    GOP watch: Sanford takes a hike
    Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:09 AM
    by Domenico Montanaro
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    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford hasn't been seen since Thursday. His staff says he's just taking some time to clear his mind and gather thoughts since the stimulus fight and that he was been known to travel without his security. But when he left, he didn't even tell his wife where he was headed, authorities went so far as to track his cell phone and his Republican lieutenant governor said he'd tried to reach Sanford, but his staff misled even him. Twitter messages were left in Sanford's name yesterday about the state's government structure and Sunday about the stimulus. Last night, his staff said he was actually hiking in Appalachian Trail.

    South Carolina’s State newspaper: "S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff said late Monday that the governor is hiking on the Appalachian Trail, ending four days during which staff and state officials said they had not heard from him. Neither Sanford’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford since he left the mansion Thursday in a black Suburban SUV assigned to his security detail, said state Sen. Jake Knotts , R-Lexington, and three others familiar with the situation, but who declined to be identified. Joel Sawyer, the governor’s spokesman would not disclose where on the trail the governor was hiking, nor would he reveal whether Sanford was hiking alone."

    The Washington Post: “Some considered Sanford's disappearance odd for someone seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2012.”

    Politico adds, "Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who was elected separately from Sanford, issued a statement to POLITICO after a day of frenzied national speculation about the governor’s whereabouts. Bauer said he called Sanford’s office Monday and requested an 'immediate phone conversation with the governor.' '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 said. 'I cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with him for more than four days, and that no one, including his own family, knows his whereabouts.'"

    "Sanford allies say that his enemies -- most notably Bauer and state Sen. Jake Knotts (R) -- are simply taking advantage of an opportunity to get under the governor's skin, and that Sanford has a habit of going underground when he takes time away from the office," The Hill reports.

    Awkward... Meanwhile, John Ensign made his return to Capitol Hill. "Emerging for a procedural vote on a tourism promotion bill with Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (R), Ensign walked from the Russell building outdoors to the front door of the Senate as a half-dozen reporters and cameramen trailed him," The Hill writes, adding, "Asked what he’s done since returning to Washington, Ensign said he has talked to other senators and has 'been getting back to work for the people of Nevada.' Ensign was greeted warmly by his Republican colleagues when he walked on to the Senate floor. Under the watch of Senate reporters, GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and GOP Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) made pointed displays of shaking Ensign’s hand and grasping his shoulder. The senator retreated to his desk, sitting next to Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), his D.C. housemate, for an extended conversation."
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    Maybe he has a lover...?

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    So he got his ass handed to him by his legislature and went off to pout and "get away from the kids"? Sounds like Palin's 2012 running mate (if Spencer Pratt is othrwise engaged).

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    Sanford Story Takes More Serious Turn

    06.22.09 -- 11:46PM
    By Josh Marshall

    Late Monday evening, Gov. Mark Sanford's office revealed that he is hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

    On the face of it, that solves the mystery. But this article from The State, South Carolina's main newspaper, suggests some more troubling possibilities to the story.

    The governor's spokesman would not disclose whether or not Sanford was hiking alone. And it seems that neither the governor's office nor state authorities have been able to make contact with the him since he left the governor's mansion on Thursday. (State Sen. Jake Knotts (R), who's known as a critic of Sanford, told The State that he first asked the governor's security chief what was up on Saturday "after he heard reports the governor could not be reached.")

    Assuming this is true, it makes some sense of Sanford's spokesman's claim today that his office 'knew' where Sanford was (i.e., 'on the Appalachian Trail', which covers a lot of territory which, to be clear, covers most of the eastern United States) but that they had not been in contact with him.

    The article does say that sources say Sanford "regularly makes trips without his security detail." And his spokesman told the paper that, "Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach."

    But there's this from an unnamed source ...
    On previous unescorted trips, Sanford has not been out of all contact - including with his own office - for this long, a source said.
    Meanwhile, another unnamed official said there was "no indication Sanford had been harmed."

    This is, to put it mildly, a tricky story to make sense of. We still have the several contradictory explanations that Sanford's office and family gave out over the course of the day. But if we take the most recent statements basically at face value, the story sounds something like this ...

    The governor left on Thursday telling staff he was going to go hiking on the Appalachian Trial. He goes on trips sometimes without his security detail -- which isn't terribly surprising. But he's never been completely out of touch for this long. Then there's the added detail -- also noted earlier today -- that this last known whereabouts was near Atlanta ...
    Sanford's last known location was near Atlanta late last week. A mobile telephone tower there picked up a signal from his phone, according to a source familiar with the situation.
    If the governor were a civilian, I would say that this kind of data on the whereabouts of his cell phone strongly suggested that an active investigation into his whereabouts was underway. But of course, he's not a civilian. He's a governor. Possibly the whereabouts of his cell phone are routinely tracked. And if not, the state of South Carolina could probably easily pull those records. Still, the fact that this information is in the mix at least suggests that people in the state government have already made some efforts to track down just where the governor is.

    Put it all together and this is starting to sound a lot like the governor is genuinely missing.

    He goes hiking, either alone or in a small group. He says he'll be away and perhaps not in regular contact. But reading between the lines it seems his people did not expect he'd be totally out of contact for several days. There's some evidence suggesting some efforts may already have been made to track him down. Now it's the beginning of the next week. And there's still no word from him.
    I don't think there's much to be gained through more speculation. And there's a lot that's still murky about this. But based on what we're being told, if Sanford weren't the governor of a state but the CEO of a local company, this sounds like the point at which people would be starting to worry about if something had happened to him.

    Late Update: A number of news outlets have headlines up with some variation of 'mystery solved' or 'governor located'. But all of these stories, when you dig into them, have the same basic facts. Which is that the governor's spokesman now says he's off hiking. But they admit they don't know just where he is on the Appalachian Trail. And that no one has been in touch with him since last Thursday. That seems like a lot less than solved.

    Sanford Story Takes More Serious Turn | TPM
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