Does Gov. Sanford know where he is?

Our friends over at RedState.com are all abuzz at how badly the media have mistreated S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, the conservative Republican who disappeared mysteriously last week.

As chief honcho Erick Erickson put it:

“First, we need to be clear on the facts — not the media speculation:

* Sanford did tell his staff and family where he was going.
* Because he was traveling without a security detail, it was in his best interests that no one knew he was gone.
* His political enemies — Republicans at that — ginned up the media story.
* When confronted by a pestering media, things went downhill.
* Again though, at all times there was no doubt that Sanford’s staff and family knew where he was.”

All I can say is that Erickson and I must have different definitions of the word “fact.”

For instance, in Erickson’s world it’s a fact that Sanford did tell his staff and his family where he was going. In fact, they knew at all times.

Except for the fact that somebody pretty high up in law enforcement found it necessary to run a trace on Sanford’s cell phone over the weekend, in hopes of finding out where he was. Odd behavior if, as Erickson claims, they already knew. (The last connection to the phone was here in the Atlanta area.)

And then there’s the fact that Sanford’s wife was quoted as saying she had no idea where he was. And that even today, she’s telling the press that she has yet to hear from him. “I am being a mom today,” she told CNN Tuesday. “I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children.”

Then there were the confusing if not dueling explanations for what Sanford was doing. First, he was going off to write and finish some projects. Later, he was reported to be hiking the Appalachian Trail.

And now there’s this, from a Greenville, S.C. TV station:

“On Tuesday, sources told News 4’s Nigel Robertson that a state vehicle is missing and was tracked down, not to the Appalachian Trail, but to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.

Sources told Robertson that a federal agent spotted Sanford in the airport boarding a plane. Robertson was told that the governor was not accompanied by security detail.

…sources told WYFF News 4 that the federal agent who spotted Sanford saw him at the Atlanta airport, which is about 80 miles from the start of the trail.”

Again, if Sanford’s staff knew where he was all along, why did the state vehicle he was driving have to be “tracked down” to Hartsfield? And what connection does that have to the Appalachian Trail?

Certainly, we don’t know all the “facts” in this case and maybe never will. But the facts we do know are pretty peculiar. And that too is a fact.

84 comments Add your comment

Oddity in Space and Time

June 23rd, 2009
6:25 pm

Ground control. Come in, Ground control. This is Major Tom Tom.

RW-(the original)

June 23rd, 2009
6:43 pm

Maybe he’s on one of those listening tours Democrats are always yapping about except that his is a real one.

Frankly, though, I believe if he had any aspirations beyond Governor they’re toast unless he has an extremely clear and understandable explanation.

AmVet

June 23rd, 2009
6:49 pm

Something rotten in Denmark?

As it is a GOP conservative, I’ll almost be surprised if hookers or pedophilia is not involved.

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
6:59 pm

Am Vet–”Aw, the only way I won’t be reelected is if I get caught in the bed with a dead woman or a live boy.” Louisiana Democrat Governor, Edwin Edwards. Just sayin’ :-)

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 23rd, 2009
7:01 pm

Your column this morning on “global warming” was peculiar, now that you mention it.

@@

June 23rd, 2009
7:05 pm

Admit it, jay….you TiVo soaps don’tcha?

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 23rd, 2009
7:08 pm

Anybody who grows vegetables can attest to the fact that all of the warmer weather varities were quite puny in growth up until this recent hot spell, because it was so freaking cold this spring. Now they are finally bursting forth in thick, green, luscious glory.

If this is the end of duh Atl as we knows it, then I say bring it on.

FrankLeeDarling

June 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

He must have heard the clermont lounge might be closing had to get one in with blondie

AmVet

June 23rd, 2009
7:13 pm

josef, you’ll have to ask getalife about those Lewziana boys!

Geaux Tigers.

Another of the fascistic BushCo moves overturned by this administration.

Napolitano Kills DHS Spy Satellite Program

http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/dhs_spy_satellites/2009/06/23/228081.html

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
7:23 pm

Am Vet–don’t know about getalife, but one thing I can say ’bout my folks from down there, they don’t feel like they have to spin doctor pecadillos along party lines…laissez les bonstemps rouler!

I'm ruled by Andy

June 23rd, 2009
7:25 pm

My man goes off on his own all the damn time.

He’s hardly ever home.

When I ask him to spend some time with his little he/she, he just looks at me and says ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I rule Andy

June 23rd, 2009
7:31 pm

Anybody check the mens bathroom stalls at Hartsfield? Probably find Andy tapping his foot or in a wide stance right there next to the godly Gov.

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
7:31 pm

How long was he gone before anybody missed him?

TnGelding

June 23rd, 2009
7:32 pm

Just shows you how important governors are. He needs to resign if he doesn’t have any better judgment than to leave the state without a chief executive officer. Bizarre.

clyde

June 23rd, 2009
7:36 pm

I checked,and lo and behold,I dont care if the Governodr is missing.

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
7:36 pm

If he’d just made a left turn…

AmVet

June 23rd, 2009
7:37 pm

josef, yeah my dad was from Bogalusa, so I know a few things about the only state with parishes aka the land of scandal.

And you’re right, decades after The Kingfish, not that much has changed except that a lot of the racketeering and perverted pols have switched parties anyway, so it’s meaningless I suppose…

moonbat betty

June 23rd, 2009
7:45 pm

somebody got punked

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
7:45 pm

Am Vet..Bogalusa, do tell! Had some wild times down that way in the halcyon days of misspent youth!

I’ve been claiming all along we all need to go take some lessons from them in how to live in the Third World… Give me a Huey P over this pack of colorless tin horn dictators in the making any day of the week…

I'm ruled by Andy

June 23rd, 2009
7:52 pm

Like I’ve been saying-

To think that a body once called “the world’s most deliberative” was reduced to this juvenile level is to mourn for America. The immaturity of a U.S. senator needing to ask to always be responded to as “senator” rather than “ma’am” in an ongoing dialogue with someone — of equal stature, it should be noted — should be self-evident to anyone.

Here’s a politician that needs to get lost.

Brad Steel

June 23rd, 2009
7:53 pm

Sanford needs to get back to SC and keep up his brilliant work on the eradication of rickets and scurvy.

josef nix

June 23rd, 2009
7:57 pm

Gotta run…Jon Stewart time…

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 23rd, 2009
7:59 pm

It gets better-

The answer is not only because she happens to act foolishly and childishly. The reason is deeper. Liberalism has lowered expectations of behavior for everyone in America except white Christian heterosexual males. They are the only Americans from whom dignified and mature conduct is always expected. Liberals treat women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, and many non-Christians, with what is known as the soft bigotry of low expectations. Many liberal women, blacks, Hispanics, and gays know that and use it to get away with conduct and speech that no WASP heterosexual male could. People rise or descend to the level of behavior expected of them.

That is why those 17 seconds in the U.S. Senate were so revealing and worthy of attention. They encapsulated the way in which modern liberalism has lowered the bar of civility for so many in America. And they revealed — yet another time — why this particular senator from California is an embarrassment to her colleagues, her state, and the U.S. military. It was not, unfortunately, an embarrassment to Barbara Boxer.-Dennis Pragar

Dusty

June 23rd, 2009
8:10 pm

Well, Gov. Sanford is a big boy now and did not tell the press where he was going. But he DID tell the ones who needed to know and THEY kept their mouths shut or made excuses to the busybodies.

How about that? Did you hear how every newspaper and news agency in the country kept the missing reporter captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban a BIG SECRET for SEVEN MONTHS and nobody would mention his situation or where he was !!! Only journalists are allowed to disappear quietly.

Come to think of it, I have no idea where Obama might be. Michelle said he was working on papers. The girls said he might be playing basketball. Biden said “You’re asking me?” But the Portuguese water pup said he was behind the shrubbery smoking a cigarette. That doggone dog can’t keep a secret!

Normal

June 23rd, 2009
8:17 pm

Gee, y’all…I saw the Governor at Cheetah’s interviewing those girls wantin’ the right to dance where they sell booze, but they were minors. It must have been a heated talk tho’ ’cause one of ‘em was squirming in his lap…

moonbat betty

June 23rd, 2009
8:17 pm

ohhhh the sources…

follow the white rabbit. ask the sources.

getalife

June 23rd, 2009
8:40 pm

Guy is a kook and not fit for office .

cons like that.

Geez.

@@

June 23rd, 2009
9:08 pm

Lawd-ah-mercy! The children are running amok in Albany.

Tuesday’s brief session was marked by heckling and laughing. Democrats in control of the audiovisual system cut off microphone and camera feeds when Republicans spoke.

Democrats sat at their desks with hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance led by Republicans. They stood during their own recitation of the pledge later, as did the Republicans.

At another point, Winner told Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Bronx Democrat who was laughing, “You’re out of order.”Tuesday’s brief session was marked by heckling and laughing. Democrats in control of the audiovisual system cut off microphone and camera feeds when Republicans spoke.

Democrats sat at their desks with hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance led by Republicans. They stood during their own recitation of the pledge later, as did the Republicans.

At another point, Winner told Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Bronx Democrat who was laughing, “You’re out of order.”

Hassell-Thompson replied, “You’re out of order. Don’t you dare tell me I’m out of order.”

Unbelievable!

Tank

June 23rd, 2009
9:37 pm

Jay,

And this is newsworthy? Economy, unemployment, North Korea, Iran and Perez Hilton; and this is the best you can come up with?

What a hack.

catlady

June 23rd, 2009
9:58 pm

Other than Jesus called him, pretty much any other excuse is lame. He’d better come home with a note from Jesus.

@@

June 23rd, 2009
10:07 pm

Dang! I’m out of order…

TnGelding

June 23rd, 2009
10:37 pm

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Sonny was with him!

Maybe he was having a strategy session with the lovely Sarah to see who gets top billing in 2012, as they kept an eye on Russia.

moonbat betty

June 23rd, 2009
11:09 pm

Davo

June 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

“Again, if Sanford’s staff knew where he was all along, why did the state vehicle he was driving have to be “tracked down” to Hartsfield? And what connection does that have to the Appalachian Trail?”

Why don’t you pry that plagarizing A$$ of yours off the couch and find out the facts of this deep, dark mystery for yourself.

…oh wait…

…that’s what reporters do.

Here’s what you do…
TPM.com

copy
myretardedliberalblog.com
paste
collect check

Your a hack, Bookman. Nothing original ever comes from you.

AmVet

June 23rd, 2009
11:42 pm

mbetty, the last laugh, if not best, is still so sweet. I read where the wild blueberries are flourishing!

cat, funny, funny, funny stuff…

Day one hundred and fifty four of bush-league (From urban dictionary: Abso-f’ing-lutely nothing to do with auto racing, or anything else some functionally illiterate hillbilly might suggest. Popular usage of the phrase pre-dates that example by many decades. It’s rooted in baseball, refers to leagues considered to be inferior to the majors, and is purely coincidental that it shares a spelling with our 43rd President.) freedom.

I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time

Get Real

June 24th, 2009
12:17 am

So he’s been gone for almost a week, by himself, on the Appalachian Trail?? During Father’s Day weekend nonetheless. I’m really trying to give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s not my governor and I could care less, but most reasonable conservatives would find this really strange. What could he possibly be doing, seriously.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
4:09 am

I don’t have a perfect marriage by any means, but I know where the Mister is when he goes out of town – he calls to tell me about his day, what he’s doing and to let me know he’s all right. If Sanford’s missus hasn’t heard from him, doesn’t know where he is an is too “busy being a mother” to show concern for his whereabouts, something is SERIOUSLY up.

whiner – quoting Dennis Prager as a legitimate critical source??? baaaaahahahahahaha … thanks for the laugh to start my day. (oh, and considering Dick “go eff yourself” Cheney is one of yours, I don’t think the Dems are the ones who “lowered the bar of civility”

(… Dennis Prager … still chuckling)

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 24th, 2009
5:22 am

Outta all the horrors and travesties inflicted by the Iranian nutjobs on their citizens, look at what the Urinal whines about this morning-

The ACLU report shows that U.S. terrorism finance laws and policies have had a chilling effect on Muslim charitable giving by creating an atmosphere of fear.-Urinal

Then don’t give to the terrorists, duh.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
5:44 am

whiner –

and I’m sure you’d feel EXACTLY the same way had there ever been an investigation into the “catholic charities” that gave to the IRA

Joel Edge

June 24th, 2009
6:04 am

Seems like the media wants to attack anyone from the Republicans who might be a challenge in the coming years. Kind of early to start the campaign against Sanford isn’t it?

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
6:13 am

I know where Sanford is. Same place Ensign is.

Off the 2012 possible list.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
6:29 am

um. since when is reporting someone going off the radar “attacking” them???

man, for elephants, you guys have some seriously thin skin.

Mrs. G – my favorite line from this entire episode, “Gov. Sanford is the first politician to use the excuse that he wants to spend more time AWAY from his family”

josef nix

June 24th, 2009
6:40 am

@@ in case you check in…report from Albany…sounds an awful lot like the states of the Old Confederacy during Reconstruction when the party of Lincoln was in power, eh? Ah, la plus ca change, la plus la meme chose.

Am Vet–sounds to me like the Albany lot DID take a trip down to Baton Rouge for lessons in living in the Third World…

Can’t remember now who said it, but “Ah, South Carolina, too small to be a nation, too big to be an asylum…”

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
6:43 am

USinUK

Joel Edge may have a point.

Didn’t we all hear that Ensign and Hampton started as a blind date set up by Rachel Maddow. In fact I heard Keith Olberman helped the good Senator unzip his fly.

Of course the fact that Ed Schultz rolled Sanford’s sleeping bag for him and he got his trail map from Thom Hartmann, really shows that
Ensign and Sanford are not at fault at all.

Liberal media made them do it.

Another example of why the GOP needs the fairness doctrine.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
6:46 am

jo nix –

the whole affair reminds me more of Georgia’s Three Governors episode …

http://facstaff.colstate.edu/buchanan_scott/

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
6:49 am

Mrs. G – “Liberal media made them do it.”

honey, you just said a mouthful …

(it also makes people hire prostitutes, use a “wide stance” in the men’s room and have affairs with their legislative staff)

josef nix

June 24th, 2009
6:51 am

USinUK–Thanks for the post..scanned it quickly, can’t wait to get back to it this p.m. Gotta run real life calls and I’m on a schedule…

Normal

June 24th, 2009
7:12 am

I told y’all where he was last night…At the Cheetah lap dancin’ and calling it a town meeting…just sayin’

mike

June 24th, 2009
7:13 am

Yawn. Hyper-partisan liberal blogger contests argument of hyper-partisan conservative pundit regarding story of zero importance to anyone other than a hyper-partisan.

Well, I guess that is more interesting than commenting on the dwindling prospects for healthcare reform or anything else meaningful.

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
7:30 am

mike….

avoidance is sooooo funny

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
7:44 am

Normal –

I think that’s called constituent outreach … (just remember, you can reach out, but no touching)

bob

June 24th, 2009
7:46 am

normal, the cheetah girls were not minors, why make that up ?

DB, Gwinnettian

June 24th, 2009
7:47 am

DB, Gwinnettian

June 24th, 2009
7:48 am

Liberal media made them do it.

You sure it wasn’t gay marriage?

Kayaker 71

June 24th, 2009
7:56 am

This reminds me of the continuing saga of that black guy beating up his girlfriend. So many other things of merit to report but so often ignored by the MSM. Sell the things that sell…. ignore those that might make a difference. The late Ernie Kovacs put it pretty well when he said that the average American would break their arm reaching for the on/off button (no remotes then) to watch some dog fart the Star Spangled Banner on the Ed Sullivan show. Things haven’t changed much, have they?

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:03 am

yep, guy on the short list for 2012 goes on walkabout for 5 days leaving his state unattended….

I can see where righties would want to pretend it’s no biggie

teeheehe tehehe

WhoCares

June 24th, 2009
8:04 am

Normal

June 24th, 2009
8:05 am

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
7:44 am
Normal –

I think that’s called constituent outreach … (just remember, you can reach out, but no touching)
—————————–
You know, I never did understand that concept…as I see it, sex is not a spectator sport…Just sayin’

Normal

June 24th, 2009
8:07 am

bob

June 24th, 2009
7:46 am
normal, the cheetah girls were not minors, why make that up
——————-
Bob, read the paper about the lawsuit…just sayin’

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 24th, 2009
8:09 am

Let’s face it, the libs got us on this one, you can always find a democrat, all you have to do is set up a TV camera or spread out a big pile of taxpayer dollars, a shazam, they all come scrambling out of the woodwork.

Normal

June 24th, 2009
8:09 am

New theory coming out from Faux News…He was secretely meeting a gay black bear on the Trail…everybody knows how the GOP feels about gays and blacks…He’s toast…Just reportin’

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
8:11 am

Some of the quotes this morning remind me of that line form Austin Powers – “There are two kinds of people I can’t stand. Those who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch.”

Why in the name of (your favorite deity here) would someone bemoan the lack of interest about this topic (or the unworthiness of those who don’t share their opinion) publicly?

a) To make themselves feel superior?

b) To make others seems less significant?

c) Ennui?

d) A smallish Goldenmember?

miss Fortune

June 24th, 2009
8:14 am

He likely cracked from the pressure of the Republican Party and their requirement that he keep to the party’s core principles no matter how many constituents suffer or die as a result.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Suppose I oughta mention, and given that this thread’s topic is about a Southern gov. it’s kinda on-topic-ish–about four Jay-posts ago, Wootie cried about Southern states being held in “bondage.” It’s worth a look and a laugh if you’ve not been over there.

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Normal….

it was an illegal immigrant gay black bear with H1N1

Normal

June 24th, 2009
8:22 am

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:15 am
Normal….

it was an illegal immigrant gay black bear with H1N1

MIZ G- That was rich!! LMAO!!

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:25 am

whiner –

and you can always find a republican – just open most closets … or men’s room doors … or brothel …

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:27 am

normal –

re: cheetah and other “gentlemen’s” clubs … to me, it would be like going to a restaurant and paying to look at the food.

Psycho Analyst

June 24th, 2009
8:31 am

Based on his behavior and given his apparent attempts at remaining a man of religious faith with family values while simultaneously struggling to remain a devout follower of the ways of the GOP, he likely has gone the way of many others in the GOP that were torn between two lovers — stalled out. Time to play taps for his career is kaput.

Kayaker 71

June 24th, 2009
8:34 am

Did it ever cross Bookman’s mind that this guy just wanted some time alone? The Trail is one of the main tourist attractions of his state and what better way to promote SC than to spend some time on the Trail. The governor being gone for five days…. that why we elect Lt Governors.
And USinUK…. John Edwards is the poster child for the kind of behavior in your post. Last time I looked, he was a Democrat.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:35 am

two words on why his career isn’t kaput:

newt. gingrich.

if ever there was a man whose career should be singing with the choir invisible, it’s newt. yet, like the swallows to capistrano, he keeps returning to our teevees every presidential cycle (even if not as a candidate, as a bobblehead)

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:38 am

kayaker –

John Edwards – gosh. you just slayed me with John Edwards. ouch. no, really. that hurts. shall I go through the GOP list for you???

oh, and even people who need some time alone generally let their families know they’re okay. his wife hasn’t heard from him in nearly a week. like I said earlier, that’s a sign that something is seriously up.

catlady

June 24th, 2009
8:40 am

All they had to say was, “The governor is on a short, well-deserved vacation and will be back next week.” End of story. But they did not. So either they knew and lied or they didn’t know and this is a lie. At any rate, not people I would trust around anything important, if they would lie about something relatively unimportant.

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:43 am

ATLANTA — Gov. Mark Sanford arrived in the Hartsville-Jackson International Airport this morning, having wrapped up a seven-day visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, he said. Sanford said he had not been hiking along the Appalachian Trail, as his staff said in a Tuesday statement to the media.

catlady

June 24th, 2009
8:45 am

Kayaker 71, the AT is NOT in SC! Get your Carolinas straightened out! It goes from Georgia (Springer Mtn, which I can see from my house! No Russians.) to Maine, but does not detour through SC!

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:45 am

Argentina … Appalachian trail …

… they both start with “a” … it’s an easy mistake …

Doggone/GA

June 24th, 2009
8:48 am

“The Trail is one of the main tourist attractions of his state and what better way to promote SC than to spend some time on the Trail. ”

The Appalachian Trail does not go into South Carolina

catlady

June 24th, 2009
8:49 am

Lie, lie, lie! Anyone trust any of these people?

Argentina vs. AT? Which better for recharging your batteries? Depends on what kind of batteries.

Kiss this man’s Presidential hopes goodbye.

What a crock!

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:49 am

are there gay black bears in Argentina?

catlady

June 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Who in SC is more clueless–Sanford, his wife, his staff, or the electorate?

Of course, we have no room to talk. All we can do is Go Fish. Enough said there.

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:51 am

and, as everyone KNOWS, there are no phones in Argentina, so he couldn’t call his missus to let her know he was okay …

USinUK

June 24th, 2009
8:53 am

Mrs. G –

no gay black bears … but plenty of cowboys (gauchos) … El Brokeback Montana

just sayin

Mrs. Godzilla

June 24th, 2009
8:55 am

USinUK

Giddy Yup!

Responsible Reporting

June 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

If you are looking for more informed and relevant opinions in Georgia and the United States please see

http://www.boortz.com

http://www.drudgereport.com

Stop reading this guy because he should not be allowed to put food on his table for his family after writting this.