South Carolina governor disappears. Last known whereabouts of Mark Sanford: Near Atlanta

This on the Associated Press wire:

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. She said she was not concerned. Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something.

Have you seen Gov. Mark Sanford? Photo credit: Associated Press

Have you seen Gov. Mark Sanford? Photo credit: Associated Press

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.

The State newspaper in Columbia has this:

The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford have been unknown to state officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is in charge of the executive office.

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division has been able to reach Sanford, who left the mansion in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation 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.

One official familiar with the situation said there is no indication that foul play is involved.

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64 comments Add your comment

herbK

June 22nd, 2009
3:40 pm

Suicide? Meeting with another prostitute? A new gay lover? The saga continues…..

Bill

June 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

Mark Sanford Derangement syndrome – yet another disease suffered by AJC libtards

Govvie Sanford

June 22nd, 2009
3:48 pm

No need to worry folks I came to see my good friend Sonny and Now I am with Buck Belue at the Pink Pony! I will be in town until my cut of the stimulus money is gone!!! C ya when I C ya!!!

Andy

June 22nd, 2009
3:58 pm

He’s on Lake Oconee

Reality

June 22nd, 2009
3:59 pm

He is either:
1. trying out for the Braves
2. drafting secession papers

Good luck on both.

Tyler Durden

June 22nd, 2009
3:59 pm

All I know is, when he’s MIA, he isn’t whining about how bad it is to finance the stimulus (sniff, sniff) with our grandchildren’s money. Of course, he conveniently forgets the trillions in debt that preceded it thanks to his pals Dubya and Cheney, but why bother acknowledging reality when you can score cheap points Limbaugh-style by lying to the morons in the GOP choir??!!

Quake

June 22nd, 2009
4:04 pm

When you can’t stand the heat…dip!

feller

June 22nd, 2009
4:05 pm

$50 bucks says this will be a stunt that republicans will consider witty, and everyone else will think is a pathetic distraction from South Carolina’s skyrocketing unemployment.

what_what

June 22nd, 2009
4:06 pm

do you have a tag number or private jet faa id? or is he on foot? give us something to go on; if ga dot was on the ball and wanted to have fun they could display the info on their electronic signs.

Ted Striker

June 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

Where’s Waldo?

Ted Striker

June 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

p.s. Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something.

Couldn’t he have done that from his office? Or Starbucks? Or somewhere in his own state?

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

What a pathetic, irresponsible loser…oh, right he’s with the Gay Old Perverts so no need to keep the charade going on Fathers Day.

Stephen

June 22nd, 2009
4:51 pm

I know quite a few South Carolina residents who are hoping that he does not return. They view him as a huge embarrassment and blight on the state.

GAPeaches

June 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

Maybe he’s at Bulldog’s on Peachtree.

herbK

June 22nd, 2009
5:00 pm

IF it is suicide (and it MUST be proven), a round on me at Manual’s.

Jim Callihan

June 22nd, 2009
5:01 pm

Maybe…just maybe, he is drafting up an “Executive Order” to “call Lindsey Graham home”, as allowed by the US Constitution. THAT NEO-CON, TWO-FACE is the real embarassment.

Blogo

June 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

He is relieving my wife on “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”

Midtowner

June 22nd, 2009
5:10 pm

AJC Liberal drivel or not:
What self-respecting man leaves his kids AWOL on Father’s Day?
Talk about the gift that keeps on giving…

Elvis Fan

June 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

I just saw the Gov a few minutes ago at Starbucks at the corner of 10 th street and Peachtree Road in a back booth with Elvis and D.B.Cooper discussing the pros and cons of moving to Costa Rica…In fact, Mel Gibson came in and sold them 3 time share lots in Costa Rica.

The Snark

June 22nd, 2009
5:14 pm

Regrettably, given the recent behavior of self-styled conservative Republicans, the like options are (a) in the men’s room of a major metropolitan airport, (b) in the arms of a campaign staffer or campaign staffer’s wife, or (c) sending sex-themed text messages to underage pages.

Say what you will about President Obama, he spent Father’s Day with his wife and kids.

MiltonMan

June 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

…nothing more gratifying than receiving parental advice from DemoRats. Maybe we can have Jesse Jackson & John Edwards appear on Dr. Phil giving us advice about being the “head to two households.”

Rocko

June 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

Dusty

June 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Sure,

the President spent Father’s Day with his family. NO wonder. Nobody else would speak to him, not even his teleprompters. He wanted to borrow another trillion.

Letter from Mark Sanford published in Monday's edition of the IndependentMail.com

June 22nd, 2009
5:39 pm

This year’s legislative session closed last Tuesday as the House and the Senate overrode my 10 vetoes. These overrides ranged from effectively taking away the governor’s control over the Ports Authority and giving it to the General Assembly, to a special tax break for developers who have unsold homes that leaves current homeowners to pick up more of the costs of local government.

As troublesome as these overrides might be, the largest issue of this legislative term was obviously the fight over the stimulus money.

In many ways the stimulus fight and the overrides had much more in common than meets the eye because a large part of that friction surrounding it all is a culmination of years of difference in opinion on where our state should go.

South Carolina’s governmental system is fundamentally broken from the standpoint of balance of power.

In my first year, the late Sen. Verne Smith came to me several times and said, “We want to make you the best governor South Carolina has ever known, but you’re making it impossible, because to do it you’ve got to do what we want you to do.” I trust that there was some tongue-in-cheek to what he said, but it strikes me that all too many truths are said in jest.

Until the late 1800s, our legislative body actually appointed the governor. In 1895, “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman put a new constitution in place.

It was based on the fear that a black man would be elected governor in Reconstruction South Carolina.

As a consequence, power from the governor’s office was diffused into the wind so that even if a black man were elected governor it wouldn’t matter, because he wouldn’t have any responsibility anyway. That is an insane model from which to run government in the 21st century.

Our political structure means we have a judicial system and Supreme Court appointed by the legislative body itself, and it’s that same structure that has a lot to do with why government in our state costs more than 130 percent of the U.S. average.

But where do we go from here? Law professor John Simpkins wrote a fascinating piece entitled, “Sanford vs. the stimulus. A moment of truth?” In it he argued that “If one is driving a horse and buggy, wishing that it were a Ferrari will not make it go 250 miles per hour. Gov. Sanford’s attempts to assert 21st century powers within the framework of a 19th century constitution are asking the document to do something it was never intended to do.”

Simpkins asserts our General Assembly has “outsized influence” in the governmental structure due to its sweeping constitutional authority, and that when one considers examples like judicial merit selection by the legislative body it means that there is no balance of powers in South Carolina. “The General Assembly reigns supreme because that is the way the constitution intends it to be,” said Simpkins, and if we don’t like it, then we should change it.

If there is any lasting good that comes out of this legislative session it would to me be in enough people awakening to the fact that our governmental system is indeed fundamentally flawed, and then doing something about it. That’s certainly my hope, but the choice with regard to action is yours.

travis

June 22nd, 2009
6:02 pm

I bet he burned down the georgia theatre. athens > columbia. what a fruit cake. even his wife doesn’t care about where he is. sounds like trouble in palmetto paradise. get away from his kids to write something? get over yourself. he sounds like a whiny liberal. oh wait, now conservatives stake that claim.

csquared

June 22nd, 2009
6:06 pm

guess that makes sanford like all of the other babydaddys that didn’t show up for fathers day too. so much for the family values party.

JOHN HENRY NATIONS

June 22nd, 2009
6:07 pm

I saw him in the Burger King’s mens room on North Druid Hills Road sharing a “Whopper” with Elvis. They asked me not to tell anyone which one was wearing the BK crown.

JHN

Jthegovfinder

June 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

what is the problem? the wife is not concern, so why should we be concerned, its called EMPATHY!!!! lets pray that he makes it back to his family. I am praying for the KIDS that are caught in the middle of this foolishness.

Stick In The Mud

June 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

He’s in the same undisclosed Dick Cheney used to hide while he was wrecking this country and leading us into unjustified wars!

Honest Abe

June 22nd, 2009
6:26 pm

He went to Disneyland!!!!

If he can disappear for several days, his wife not know where he is, and seem not to be concerned, well……does she have a sister?

Alexdog

June 22nd, 2009
6:30 pm

He is stuck in traffic on I-285. Came to see how it is done in the big city and found out we stink when it comes to providing a decent way for folks to pass through town. Remember, they said “near” Atlanta. And, I’m guessing if he came to write something he has several large cns of spray paint with him and we’ll see “No Stimulus for me!”

Mike

June 22nd, 2009
6:48 pm

“…needed time away from their children to write something.” I had no idea he could write! Isn’t that an illegal activity in South Carolina? The fact that he can drive his way to Atlanta just amazes me. I think he just came to the area to rendezvous with his piece of gay hot chocolate. Others do; why not him too?

shelly

June 22nd, 2009
7:09 pm

gosh! many of you are so mean spirited and hateful! i feel very sorry for you. perhaps those of you who are criticizing and demeaning an individual whom you don’t even know should take the log out of your own eye before you complain about the speck in his eye (or anyone else’s for that matter). i’m not sure why i waste my eyesight reading this wretched newspaper.

herbK

June 22nd, 2009
7:11 pm

“i’m not sure why i waste my eyesight reading this wretched newspaper”

Because, it’s just like watching a car wreck – only better!!!

Lynn

June 22nd, 2009
7:21 pm

What his wife really meant to say is “i dont know where he is, and I really dont care”….this fool took up on Thur and didn’t even have the decency to tell his WIFE where he was going? Did he bother to call his kids so they could wish him a happy Father’s day yesterday? LOL @ the people trying to make an excuse for the darn GOVERNOR of a state who took off because he needed to “recharge”.

Boots

June 22nd, 2009
7:22 pm

Well, at least when we DON’T hear from him we’re not hearing posturing for a 2012 run for the presidency. However, with such a childish disappearing act as this — not even his wife claims to know where he is and the taxpayers of South Carolina are paying an absentee governor — with such childish behavior he probably screwed up any run for the White House and that’s a good thing.

And, Bill, he’s not a libtard, whatever that is, but a conservative who is just to the right of Atilla the Hun.

Boots

June 22nd, 2009
7:35 pm

You don’t think another “family values conservative” is off canoodling somewhere.

I hope not.

However, with a state near the top in the number of unemployment claims and to refuse federal help in providing benefits for these who want to work, but are caught in this terrible economic downturn, he might as well go off and hide because he’s of no freakin’ use to those who put him in office.

Meimii

June 22nd, 2009
7:37 pm

For Gov. Sanford to have his whereabouts unknown to his wife and children for over four days, including Father’s Day, is between he and his family. However, a stunt such as this should be a serious concern for any South Carolinian. Governor Sanford turned off his state cell as well as his personal cell. Doctors, lawyers and some law enforcement don’t even turn off their work cells. The governor of an entire state does not have the luxury to just turn off the state cell. He’s ultimately in charge of his state’s National Guard, Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security, etc… God forbid if there had been an emergency, say a major fast moving forest/brush fire such as the one he had to declare a state of emergency for not long ago. Governor Sanford repeatedly refuses to place his second-in-command in charge during his periods of “isolated escapism”. Reminiscent of 2003 right after entering office as Governor, he enlisted in the reserves (no problem with that) but then insisted on training in Alabama and refused to allow the Lt. Gov to be on-call/in charge because he “would be in touch”. Regardless of what political party you belong to, this behavior can not be acceptable for the chief executive officer of a entire state – especially one as distressed as South Carolina.

JOHN HENRY NATIONS

June 22nd, 2009
7:42 pm

I also saw him at Six Flags with the old dude riding the “Lickskillet Sky Buckets”.

The Gov was wearing old dude’s glasses.

JHN

Tom

June 22nd, 2009
8:02 pm

The Devil went down to GA., looking for a job to keep….

French leftist management

June 22nd, 2009
8:28 pm

Some of the best, funniest comments I’ve read on this forum. Well done people!

ATL Guy

June 22nd, 2009
8:45 pm

He went to Washington DC to beg Obama for a new job. Said he had enuff of the Republican BS!!!!

Yohan

June 22nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Where was the Amber Alert all weekend? Did no one just not care about him in SC that he was gone? I know there are some hyper-crazy people there that think he’s good for them, but then again South Carolina isn’t known for intelligence. I mean really, the state gave us Bernanke!

Liguria

June 22nd, 2009
9:36 pm

Mark is in Alaska on a hunting trip with Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney. One can only hope. Lag

Liguria

June 22nd, 2009
9:39 pm

The AJC needs to have reader feed-back on all of it’s articles. Many good newspapers do this to engage their readers. AJC should also do it. Thank you, Lag

You think?

June 22nd, 2009
10:37 pm

Liguria wrote “Mark is in Alaska on a hunting trip with Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney.”

Probably still looking for “one” good liberal….when will they ever learn there is no such species.

catlady

June 22nd, 2009
10:37 pm

Boots, maybe he is “meeting” with Sarah Palin to plan his “strategy.”

GTchemE

June 22nd, 2009
10:40 pm

You people are disgusting. You really ought to be ashamed of the things that you’re saying.
Also, how about coming up with some different lines. I’m getting really tired of the ” (person) was (verb) with their pals Bush and Cheney destroying the world” or something like that. How’s all that change and the new era of responsibility working out for you? LOL. You’re just sheeple repeating your Olbermann, Cooper broken records. Grow a brain.

Will Jones is an Idiot

June 22nd, 2009
10:48 pm

While this man slept in his congressional office instead of taking a housing stipend from the taxpayers,
WHAT WAS YOUR CONGRESSMAN DOING? As usual, those that take care of taxpayer money
get no respect.

Ruffslitch

June 22nd, 2009
10:49 pm

With the world in unprecedentedly-sh***y shape, it is no wonder he wanted take time off, even if it did fall on Father’s Day, to write down what his thoughts are on the state of South Carolina and the U.S. Didn’t you people read what he had to say about the the administration South Carolina and the divisions between the governor’s office and the general assembly? Some things warrant missing an artificially-comtrived holiday. I wish every politician took his/her job as seriously.