Whoa: Mark Sanford missing since Thursday? Update: Sanford OK

posted at 4:15 pm on June 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Not “missing” per se, just taking some time away from the office to write. Er, without telling his wife — or the lieutenant governor — where he was going. Or for how long.

By god, I think he’s presidential material.

First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press her husband has been gone for several days and she doesn’t know where. She said she was not concerned. Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something.

Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer declined to discuss where the governor was. Sawyer told The Associated Press that Sanford was taking time to “recharge” after his failed fight against federal stimulus money.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said he didn’t know where Sanford is but said he had not been put in charge.

Did I forget to mention that the cops don’t know where he is either?

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, has been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation but who declined to be identified.

Sanford’s last known whereabouts were near Atlanta, where a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said.

Both his personal cell phone and his state phone are turned off and, according to one critic who claims to have spoken with the police, this isn’t the first time that he’s ditched his security detail. I assume this means he’s not running in 2012, as the thought of a C-in-C who’d jet off in the dead of night to Mexico to lie on a rock and just “be” isn’t what most Republicans have in mind for an age of terror — unless he takes the guy who carries the nuclear football with him, of course. Exit question: First this, and now news this afternoon of an earthquake in Alaska. Is he who bestrides the earth like a god finally taking cosmic revenge on stimulus opponents?

Update: The State reports that he’s been in touch and is fine, so no foul play here, just dereliction of duty. Whew!


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I am guessing Plastic surgery

ordi on June 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I think that maybe we should wait awhile and see what this is about before we jump on it. Just sayin…

Terrye on June 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel.

flipflop on June 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Sanford’s last known whereabouts were near Atlanta, where a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said.

To be fair, I’ve been stuck in Atlanta traffic for what seemed like 2 days as well.

lorien1973 on June 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

I think this proves that Sanford is Batman.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Whatever happened to importing comments when Headline items get moved to main page posts?

Abby Adams on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

I’m still confused how you can lose a governor… but hey, there are some I’d like to see get lost.

Any chance we can throw in some other political types too?

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Is it just me or does Sanford look a bit like Wile E. Coyote?

Erich66 on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Did he leave a forwarding address to Galt’s Gulch?

batter on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

I am guessing Plastic surgery

ordi on June 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM

What does Pelosi do when she’s gone under the knife?

ctmom on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Isn’t being governor sort of a 24/7 job? What if some natural disaster or major terrorist attack happened while Sanford was in the backwoods fishing or wherever he is?

Illinidiva on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Whatever happened to importing comments when Headline items get moved to main page posts?

Abby Adams on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Nah, it’s a chance for a whole slew of new snark.

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Write something huh? Maybe a stirring resignation speach in protest of Federal spending in preparation for a presidential run?

Browncoatone on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

My Clinton had something to do with it?
check “Clinton Body Count” in google and he may be added to the list.

Sheoncebelieved on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Wow! Flaky isn’t on my list of positive traits in our potential 2012 candidate.

TXMomof3 on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

WTF?

V15J on June 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

A burger run.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I think this proves that Sanford is Batman.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Now that’s funny.

JohnGalt23 on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Maybe he was traded to Great Britain for a conservative to be named later.

Vashta.Nerada on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Nah, it’s a chance for a whole slew of new snark.

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Oh, yeah? Your mom. ;-)

Abby Adams on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

He’s still waiting in line for his ice cream.

lorien1973 on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I’m guessing the kids didn’t have a happy Father’s Day.

Christien on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I lay odds he is having a colonoscopy (sp?) or something.

No one close to him sounds concerned.

jake-the-goose on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I often feel the need to run away myself, but I am not a governor. I am just the supreme ruler of my household and the glue which holds us together. LOL. When housewives go AWOL across the country, then there is real reason to be fearful. If this is not the first time he has done this, then no biggy.

FYI, some Protestants and Catholics do go off for spiritual time outs. The gov has been under a lot of pressure as of late. The last time he was on Hannity he looked extremely tired.

Here is hoping while he is out, he will come up with a way to take over the GOP!

freeus on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Well one thing’s for sure, he’s better at manipulating the press than McCain was.

Browncoatone on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I hope when he comes back Sanford delivers a speech that rocks the White House to it’s very foundation regarding the stimulus package.

heshtesh on June 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

PUT A CALL INTO “THE ONE”

bwconq on June 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

On one hand, the man does have the right to “get lost” if he wants. He’s an adult and can do as he pleases.

OTOH, it looks reeeeally unstable.

F it.

PALIN ’12!!!

RedNewEnglander on June 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rejects media reports that he is missing. “It’s not true,” he told BNO News.

canditaylor68 on June 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

“He’s on vacation”- Momma Gump

Fletch54 on June 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

If this husband ‘went away’ without telling his wife, my woman instinct is not good. I have a feeling wife knows, or something has gotten way out of hand he can’t deal with.
L

letget on June 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

First this, and now news this afternoon of an earthquake in Alaska.

Ahha it just hit noon 30 minutes ago.

And I didn’t feel a thing!

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said he didn’t know where Sanford is but said he had not been put in charge.

I always wondered what this guy was up to since Homicide: Life On The Street got canceled.

Mark1971 on June 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

By god, I think he’s presidential material.

ROFLMAO! Line of the day!

TheBigOldDog on June 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Damn it. Has anyone seen Barney Frank?

BPD on June 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

letget on June 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

No doubt! My husband better answer a phone and provide some coordinates. There would be some ugliness when he got home.

TXMomof3 on June 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

If SC needs a governor, I’d be happy to part with Ohio’s own Ted Strickland.

rbj on June 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Did any check the Men’s room of the Atlanta Airport?

I hear he has a wide stance.

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Obama “Lib Chip” being implanted. He’ll come back and start ASKING for Fed money. LOL

marklmail on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

No doubt! My husband better answer a phone and provide some coordinates. There would be some ugliness when he got home.

TXMomof3 on June 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

That would be called a SPOT.

I have one and theiiiiiir GREAT!

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Sheoncebelieved on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Hmmmm…I think you are on to something there. Hillary sustained fractured elbow in the tussle “in the park.”

Brat on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

I lay odds he is having a colonoscopy (sp?) or something.

No one close to him sounds concerned.

jake-the-goose on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Dude, a colonoscopy doesn’t take four days, even with the prep.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Give South Carolina my detestable Governor Corzine.

jencab on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I don’t get it, what does the earthquake in AK have to do with this story Allah?

davek70 on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Maybe he’s driving around South Central Los Angeles collecting junk with his son.

Mark1971 on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

John Galt got him?

emz35 on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all walk away from our obligations whenever we felt like it?

He better come home with the speech of the century.

jennifernaz on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

My three guesses:

(1) Went fishing.

(2) On a plane to Teheran to give Ahmadinejad a what-for.

(3) Negotiating with Rahm on a yacht in the South Atlantic for one of those White House Czar-ships.

Robert_Paulson on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Nah, it’s a chance for a whole slew of new snark.

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Oh, yeah? Your mom. ;-)

Abby Adams on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

No, my mom spent her whole life trying to keep me from slewing snark.

Mothers are like that.

On a more reasonable tone of topic – if this guy truly wanted to be quiet about being out of sight, I think some better planning would have been in order.

Dang, if the man wanted to be out of town, he could have said so.

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I hope he is off somewhere drafting an impeachment bill of sort to get rid of Obama & Biden and declare the election a fraud due to ACORN tampering while providing incriminating unrefutabl evidence against them and the Obama administration.

And then I woke up :(

milwife88 on June 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM

ctmom on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

What does Pelosi do when she’s gone under the knife?

She was a stand in for Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, until she scared Bales and made him cry

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I don’t get it, what does the earthquake in AK have to do with this story Allah?

davek70 on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine!

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I don’t see how responsible this is, leaving the state without telling anyone nor security.

The wife seems to chill about her husband being missing.

jencab on June 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

I guess that depends on how full of S*** you are.

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

What an eccentric performance.

Knott Buyinit on June 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Did any check the Men’s room of the Atlanta Airport?

I hear he has a wide stance.

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Figures you would run in the circles to make you aware or even concearned.

heshtesh on June 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I assume this means he’s not running in 2012

…..

No worries, we have Gov Crist to fall back on.

The RINO’s are ALWAYS available.

artist on June 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Maybe he’s driving around South Central Los Angeles collecting junk with his son.

Mark1971 on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

You big dummy!

LevStrauss on June 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Given the way Sanford spends money, I would rule out a tour of the Riviera. Is there a Best Western near Columbia?

DarkKnight3565 on June 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Perhaps he’s auditioning to be the new dad on “Jon & Kate Plus 8″. The timing is too coincidental…

What? It IS a possibility.

Woody on June 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

This is pretty wierd. How does a whole governor just go missing and his wife says she’s not worried? That sounds more creepy.

youngO on June 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Touché.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

What was he thinking, rejecting TARP funds? Turning South Carolina blue, the Chicago way.

ROCnPhilly on June 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

BTW, whoever picked out the pic at the “missing” link sure doesn’t seem to like him.

cs89 on June 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I think this proves that Sanford is Batman.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Have they tried turning on the Batsignal yet? That usually works.

Cicero43 on June 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

He’s gone to Alaska to plot the coming revolution. With Palin, of course.

tsj017 on June 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Oh, and I’ll repeat what I said in headlines: There’s a good chance wifey knows, and just ain’t sayin’, where he is.

cs89 on June 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

I think this proves that Sanford is Batman.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

lol

bluelightbrigade on June 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

This confirms it, Sanford is not presidential material. SC has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the nation, and the governor just leaves? Doesn’t exactly spells R-E-S-P-O-N-S-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y….

Norwegian on June 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Tapper twitted that “Sanford has been reached and is fine”

Trov on June 22, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, has been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion in a black SLED Suburban SUV…

“Can I do that?”- Barry O’bama.

(24 hours later)

“Mrs. Obama, where is the President?”-MSM

“I am now the President.”-Michelle O’bama

Don’t cry for her Argentina Chicago.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:35 PM

I sure wish Schwarzenegger would disappear.

Mark1971 on June 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all walk away from our obligations whenever we felt like it?

jennifernaz on June 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Under Obama’s plan for the US, a select group of people have been encouraged to do just that.

sherry on June 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I lay odds he is having a colonoscopy (sp?) or something.

If he’s not having one now, he’s getting one when he comes back.

DrSteve on June 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Update: The State reports that he’s been in touch and is fine, so no foul play here, just dereliction of duty. Whew!

Nevermind.

Cicero43 on June 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Tapper twitted that “Sanford has been reached and is fine”

Trov on June 22, 2009 at 4:35 PM

I like Tapper, but can you think of a more ironic name for someone on Twitter.

(You’ll note the absence of a question mark…no need to submit anything…)

Larry Farr on June 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Not buying it.

BTW — I appreciate the Democrats on Politico who are like “I hope he’s dead!” Very classy. Fortunately, the vast majority of Politico’s comments have not had that demeanor.

Outlander on June 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Could it be a secret meeting of the minds?

We may never know, or will we?

I do so love a mystery.

javamartini on June 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

I think we’ve heard all of this before. He’ll call the cops in a day or two from a pay phone at a truck stop in Nebraska and claim that he was kidnapped by masked bandits. It won’t take the police long to figure out he made the whole thing up to escape the stress of life in the governor’s mansion. In a year or two, he’ll appear on Oprah with the runaway bride and talk about his feelings and the restorative powers of “The Secret.”

patriette on June 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

He’s ducking ACORN. Oh, right, they’re changing it to COI, because everyone already hates ACORN.

Daggett on June 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

I sure wish Schwarzenegger would disappear.

Mark1971 on June 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

+1

Cicero43 on June 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Tricia Takanawa: This is Tricia Takanawa reporting live, where police have discovered the whereabouts of Seabreeze, the heiress to the Pewterschmidt fortune. The dognapper has been traced to this sleazy motel. [Tom Tucker comes out in his boxers with a bag of beer bottles] Ah, I see my colleague, Tom Tucker, is already on the scene.
Prostitute: Who’s that, baby?
Tom Tucker [quickly shoves her back inside]: Hello, this is Tom Tucker…’s evil twin, Todd Tucker out to destroy his brother’s reputation. Ha ha ha! Now I’m going back inside to have freaky sex with my prostitute with whom I still have 45 minutes. Now, back to this breaking news.

lorien1973 on June 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Did you miss this from the same newspaper? Apparently the dog wants no part of it.

mikeyboss on June 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM

I lay odds he is having a colonoscopy (sp?) or something.

jake-the-goose on June 22, 2009

What, the media anal exam wasn’t enough?

SKYFOX on June 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

***news flash*** You heard it here first:

Sex change operation.

Chickyraptor on June 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM

He’s still waiting in line for his ice cream.

lorien1973 on June 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

That was cold. Allahpundit will have a meltdown if you pick on Sanford.

alliebobbitt on June 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

He was away at a conferenece.

Dave Rywall on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

What a bizarre story. That his wife doesn’t know where he went…what’s that tell you?

james23 on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

That was cold. Allahpundit will have a meltdown if you pick on Sanford.

alliebobbitt on June 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I wonder what Allah’s favorite Ice Cream is?

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Chickyraptor on June 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Next comes the civil ceremony with Chastity Bono. Big Mac will be the maid of honor!

alliebobbitt on June 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Tutti-Fruity

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Tutti-Fruity

LincolntheHun on June 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I was thi nking moe like Moheto

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I wonder what Allah’s favorite Ice Cream is?

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Buttercup?

heshtesh on June 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

He was taken to a re-education camp for wayward thinking Republican Governors, who refuse the stimulus.

All parties involved, were threatened, and told to keep their yaps shut, or else.

But…I do like the fact that he’s batman too! LOL

capejasmine on June 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I wonder what Allah’s favorite Ice Cream is?

upinak on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Vanilla with vanilla sprinkles.

portlandon on June 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Isn’t being governor sort of a 24/7 job? What if some natural disaster or major terrorist attack happened while Sanford was in the backwoods fishing or wherever he is?

Illinidiva on June 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Illinois did just fine without Blago showing up…ahhhh nevermind. We were screwed if he did show up.

WashJeff on June 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

writing articles of secession?

james23 on June 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

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