undiS.C.losed location

From The State:

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff said this morning that the governor, who went mysteriously incommunicado for several days, plans to return to his office Wednesday.

Late Monday, his office said the governor was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, ending four days during which staff and state officials said they had not heard from him.


State Sen. Jake Knotts issued statement today saying: “I’m happy to hear that Governor Sanford has finally contacted his office after being missing from the state for five days.”

“While I believe every person deserves a vacation, our constitution gives only one man authority to act in case of an emergency – the governor of South Carolina. Should the governor decide to vacation away from South Carolina again, it is my sincere hope that he will take his security detail and keep his cell phone on so that he can be reached in case of a large-scale emergency,” the statement said.


Knotts, a Lexington Republican and frequent Sanford critic, is an ally of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.


In a statement, Joel Sawyer, Sanford’s spokesman said, “Governor Sanford called to check in with his chief of staff this morning. It would be fair to say the governor was somewhat taken aback by all of the interest this trip has gotten.


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.

On Monday, [Sanford’s spokesman, Joel] Sawyer would not disclose where on the trail the governor was hiking, nor would he reveal whether Sanford was hiking alone.

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.

Since then, the governor’s state and personal phones had been turned off, and Sanford had not responded to phone or text messages, a source said.


First lady Jenny Sanford said Monday her husband has been gone for several days over Father’s Day weekend and she did not know where.


The two-term governor is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. This spring, Sanford became known nationally as the most outspoken governor who opposed federal stimulus money. That position won Sanford national attention until he lost a court battle.


On previous unescorted trips, Sanford has not been out of all contact – including with his own office – for this long, a source said.

The state’s chief executive should never be unreachable, Knotts said.


[Republican Lieutenant Governor Andre] Bauer said he was not contacted about Sanford’s current absence until Monday morning, when the governor’s office informed his office.

No one discussed a transfer of power to him, Bauer said.

Bob McAlister, chief of staff for the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, said it was not unusual for Campbell to get away from staff or even his security detail.

But Campbell never cut off contact completely, McAllister said.

If Campbell was on vacation or deep-sea fishing, often the press would not be told, McAllister said. But Campbell’s office tried to keep Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore, a Democrat, informed about Campbell’s schedule, particularly when he was traveling abroad.

“From a professional standpoint, this can’t happen,” McAlister said of Sanford’s absence. Residents and public officials need to know where the governor is, he added.

“It’s very disconcerting,” McAlister said.



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31 responses to “undiS.C.losed location

  1. Friend of the court

    He looks more like Waldo, than Waldo. Very irresponsible for a member of the, “protect your family”, party.

  2. You don’t have to be Nancy Drew to figure out this secretive dork was probably off screwing some bimbo.
    He’s a Republican, it’s what they do.

  3. First Ensign and now this. As Alice would say, “curiouser and curiouser.”

  4. Guv Sanford was jest off on the Appalachian Trail-can’t a guvnah head for the hills smoke some pot & enjoy some regional home brew moonshine in peace?

    While I was reading this story… I was thinking they should make him dress up like Where’s Waldo if he plans on going on a trip. …. then sure enough…..
    you already posted the image.

    Great minds think alike!

    • and so what if he went during nekkid hiking day? that don’t mean a durned thang, do it?

      i think they should make him dress like waldo all the time. then, if he disappears again, he’ll be easier to find. 🙂

  5. Considering I was in SC from last Thursday to Monday and never heard about this, just goes to show you how important the governor of SC really is. And, for those who are not familiar with the geography of this area, if a ping from his cell phone was picked up in the Atlanta area, he was NOT going to the Appalachian Trail (unless of course Mr. Gov. got lost along the way) Also, considering it was Father’s Day weekend and Mrs. Gov. was clueless, along with everyone else, just might point to some real fishiness goin’ on in the Gov’s mansion.

  6. Dude, where’s my governor ?

    Again the party of clueless does whatever it fucking well feels like and says Oh yeah ? Deal with it man… Where was Lindsey Graham anyway ?

    • watching tv now, and one of the idiot rethug talking heads is once again listing every dem who had an affair. they constantly ignore that it’s the hypocrisy, not the affairs. if you’re going to advertise yourselves as the family values party, then don’t point fingers at anyone else.

  7. Nonnie – this was a great post!! Now, I just read he’s admitted to an affair and resigning as the head of the Rep. Gov’s. Assoc.! 🙄

    • i turned on the news today, heard all about it, and had to revise the image and post i had prepared for tonight. rethugs are so damned inconsiderate!

  8. Ooops, it seems Gov. Unzippypants was off doing some senorita in Buenos Aires. And guess who paid for the airfare?
    Yep–the taxpayers.
    While it’s true the Democrats fuck around on their wives too, they don’t beat their chests talking about Jesus and family values all the damn time.
    I am thinking about becoming a Republican man- they get laid more than any group I know.

  9. Nonnie, not to presume to offer the great Photoshoptress any ideas, but please consider, “Don’t Cry for Me, South Carolina.”

    I know those Southern crackers like their women from Down South, but isn’t Buenos Aires a little too down south?
    After reading the e-mail between Sanford and his Latin lover, it seems she steamed the starch right out of his straight-laced boxers.
    No wonder he grabbed the state’s MasterCard and booked a red-eye to see her. Muy caliente!

  10. What is it about these politicians? They aren’t even good looking. In fact they are quite the opposite. Who is sleezier? A politician or a lawyer?

    • politicians are really no better or worse than anyone else. however, when people have power, they are sometimes more attractive to others (even when they’re butt ugly–see rushbo), so they have more opportunities.

  11. jeb

    Hiking. Honest, I was just hiking.

    Well, thank God he didn’t lie about getting a BJ because we know that that’s grounds for impeachment.

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