A year later, Gov. Mark Sanford disappears — again

On the day that Nikki Haley is likely to nab the GOP nomination to become his all-but-certain replacement, the man who made the Appalachian Trail a code word for philandering has disappeared.

Again.

This time, we’re headed straight to baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson. From The State newspaper in Columbia:

Nearly one year to the day that Gov. Mark Sanford embarked on a secret trip to Argentina and turned S.C. politics on its ear, Sanford’s whereabouts are unknown to the press and the public.

Monday, Sanford’s spokesman Ben Fox told The State Sanford is on “personal time” but declined to say where the governor is.

Sanford is due back in the office this morning, Fox said. He spent most of the Father’s Day weekend with his four sons, and the governor has been in communication with his staff over the weekend and Monday, Fox added.

State Law Enforcement Division Director Reggie Lloyd said Sanford has security with him but would not elaborate.

“We’ve left it up to the governor’s office to disclose where (Sanford) is,” Lloyd said.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Monday no one has informed him of the governor’s location.

“The governor is entitled to personal time, vacation time. No problem with that,” said John Crangle, director of Common Cause, a nonprofit that encourages open government. “But, because of the importance of the office of governor, he should at least notify the lieutenant governor if he’s outside the state. When you assume a public office, you forfeit some of your privacy because you’re accountable to the public.”

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118 comments Add your comment

king of mean

June 22nd, 2010
12:56 pm

i saw him at a bar in Milledgeville…

king of mean

June 22nd, 2010
12:56 pm

i saw him at a bar in Milledgeville…

Matt

June 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

I’m sure he’s actually on the Appalachian Trail with his Argentinan woman.

Rickster

June 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

He’s hanging with Ben Rothlisberger!

Diehard

June 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

He’s practicing for a July 4th gig with Elvis in the Bermuda Triangle . . .

CrazyInGA

June 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

We all need to be very careful about the people we elect to hold public office. This guy is a first rate loser and should never hold office again.

DMB

June 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

You’ve got it all wrong. He’s playing golf with Tiger Woods.

Wake up Liberals

June 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

He’s on a border patrol assignment from all hail mighty Obamer!

JF McNamara

June 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

How about we leave this guy alone and let him have a personal life.

The Producer

June 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

Diehard,
I think you are on to something. He is in the Bermuda Triangle…….

Sham

June 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Siting at the World Cup cheering for who else……Argentina.

Confused

June 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Maybe he is in Argentina with Sonny Perdue showing Sonny the “sights”

GB

June 22nd, 2010
1:28 pm

He is working out the final details for a reality show.

Cekker

June 22nd, 2010
1:30 pm

He’s in Peru with Joran van der Sloot

lori

June 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

DMB, yours is the only one that was funny!

Buba

June 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

I heard he’s on the Argentinian Tail.

sleeze

June 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

No.. the only hysterical one is the one by JF McNamara.

TK

June 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

Isn’t he the host of ABC’s summer game show airing tonight?

After all, the program is aptly named “Downfall”.

Whoknows

June 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

Maybe he went to the moon.

Travis McGee

June 22nd, 2010
1:46 pm

I saw him whistling, singing, hooting and hollering on a sidewalk outside his wife’s house down on Sullivan Island. Someone said the police were on the way!

Mitzymy

June 22nd, 2010
1:46 pm

He knows he’s on his way out, so he is hooking back up with his Argentina love.

Mark

June 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

I would hope he is in either South Africa or Buenos Aires with his wonderful lady….do you blame him ?……live the life !

Skin And Bones

June 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Sanford Stadium – layin’ sod!

Stu

June 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

He’s playing cards with Jimmy Hoffa.

Ahnald

June 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

Lets see…choice was sbitchy,boring American woman or fun,high energy, beautiful Argentinian lady….hmmmmmmm…..good job Mark

Michael

June 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

Well I met him last nite at The Pink Pony …. said he had just flown in from Argentina.

JB

June 22nd, 2010
2:00 pm

I just saw him singing “Have you Seen Her” – Brandy – This guy must be on some drugs!!!

AYKM!

June 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

Add him and Argentina girl to the statistics. Just another a@#hole that can’t keep his pecker in his pants.

borat

June 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

He is auditioning for Dancing with the Stars

Tom

June 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

Has anyone seen Nikki Haley today? Maybe he’s found a new soulmate.

hotlanta

June 22nd, 2010
2:06 pm

I wish I had his jobn where I can leave for 5 days and leave the office unattended and get a nice pension. It’s nice to be white and male in America.

Ahnald

June 22nd, 2010
2:08 pm

Hotlanta…..Damn Right…and I love every second !

jb

June 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

Hey Travis McGee, are you still in Cedar Key? I heard that from ole’ Johnny Mac.

You Bet'cha

June 22nd, 2010
2:19 pm

Taping new season of the Bachelor.

arnold

June 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

I opt for his teaching his Nikki how to hike.

Hank

June 22nd, 2010
2:21 pm

He’s on a booty call…

Honky Talkin'

June 22nd, 2010
2:22 pm

This was a slow-pitch story for bloggers. There is not one legitimate entry about his whereabouts. Well, we at least know he’s not with his soon to be ex-wife.

Fergie

June 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I hope he’s gone to Argentina to see the woman he loves.

Billy

June 22nd, 2010
2:25 pm

He is on a missionary trip to India.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

June 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

SC has a dishonest, inept adolescent as current governor and will next have a teapartier who hangs onto her “military” husband’s coattails and invokes God at every turn. What happens when the proof comes out that she too sleeps around (which almost seems to be a requirement to be a conservative Republican politician)! Blessed by Sara Pallin who left her governship to reap the financial rewards while she is hot. I am neither conservative nor liberal but am like most people who are somewhere in the middle: I just want an honest person who really wants the office for which he/she is running and who represents his/her whole constituency, not just the people who subscribe to their religious and ideological ideas. God help us all if something doesn’t change in American politics soon.

David Thomas

June 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

I like Buba’s comment – “He’s on the Argentinian Tail.” Priceless

YeahRight

June 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

He’s back on the trail hunting brown beer and a little wild beaver.

ladybird

June 22nd, 2010
2:28 pm

He’s going over game plans with Diego Maradonna/

What's Important

June 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

Hotlanta, what has white got to do with it?

SouthernFemale

June 22nd, 2010
2:32 pm

You couldn’t have …… he was with Nikki, planning how to make her “transparency” even more opaque!

Jimmy Carter was a fool

June 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

The South American mistress is so ugly – if you have an affair shouldn’t you “upgrade”. His wife is much more attractive.

No Longer Republican

June 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

here here middler!!! Agree 100%. Time for the crap to end, but I believe for it end we have to have financial reform in the election process. That’s how the tea party has gained so much attention…as radical and wild as they are, their backers have deep pockets. It doesn’t matter to them that they are destroying the American dream of most people with their hate and their rhetoric. They just want power!

Jed

June 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

Haha,
Yeah Hotlanta,
Nice to be white and male in America, which means you’re on the bottom of the affirmative action hiring totem pole. Funny how that’s a crime to some people.

mitch

June 22nd, 2010
2:45 pm

he’s in Argentina chowing down on tuna tacos

Johnny

June 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

He had gone hiking in pakistan