Archive for Wednesday, June 24, 2009

S.C. governor to return to work after mystery trip

June 24, 2009


— After a political mystery — “Where in the World is South Carolina’s Governor?” — Mark Sanford’s aides said he was stunned by all the fuss over his five-day absence and would cut short a secretive hike along the Appalachian Trail.

State officials and even his wife said they had no idea where he went over Father’s Day weekend, and not everyone is buying his explanation. His disappearance has left some in the Palmetto State wondering: Is this any way for a governor to act?

Sanford’s spokesman said the governor was hiking to clear his head after the legislative session, during which he lost a key battle.

But critics of the two-term Republican — and there are many — wondered why it took nine hours after reporters started asking questions for the governor’s staff to say what the state’s chief executive was doing. Sanford was expected back in his office today, but his aides stopped answering questions about his trip, including where he was on the 2,175-mile trail, whether he was with security and if anyone else could confirm his whereabouts.

“If you’re not skeptical, then you have to think the governor’s office is in complete chaos,” said Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party.

The episode could squelch talk of a 2012 presidential bid that only grew after months spent building credibility with conservatives as he battled legislators over taking the state’s share of $787 billion in federal stimulus cash.

“If he were thinking of a presidential run, this is all the more puzzling,” said Mark Rozell, a George Mason University political scientist. “Any opponent would try to capitalize on this and easily could do so.”

Rumblings about Sanford’s mysterious departure began Monday, three weeks after he failed to block federal bailout money for South Carolina schools. A court order June 4 forced him to take the $700 million.

Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts started asking questions about a rumor that Sanford had disappeared in a state law enforcement vehicle.


frank mcguinness 8 years ago

Hahahahahaha. Life only gets better.

Hipocrisy, the foundation of the GOP.

Ask the wives of the GOP leadership.

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

Oh no comments from the conservatives of Kansas. Cat got your tongue? I sincerely doubt anyone will comment cause the amount of Hipocrisy from the right is at a boiling point.

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

Nancy Boy? Right thinker? Isnt anybody gonna defend the Moral ways of the right?

BigDog 8 years ago

A few more affairs and Sanford could possibly run for Attorney General in Kansas as a Democrat.

bankboy119 8 years ago

Actually he wasn't even on the trail. He was in Argentina. Yes it was an affair.

Kirk Larson 8 years ago

And this is another guy who insisted that Larry Craig, Clinton, et. al. should resign for violating their marriage vows. What do you bet he doesn't walk the talk?

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

That’ll teach him to fight draconian Washington stimulus power grabs.

No Oeralinda, That will teach him not to cheat on his wife and lie to the folks of South Carolina. He's been cheating on his wife for a year, well before Obama was in office.
I may be a tool but you defend hipocrisy and being unfaithful. Typical conservative.

Furthermore Bigdog the AG of kansas was forced to leave his position. Gov. Sanford is only stepping down from his position in the GOP govs association.

Conservatives will as always fight for their morals the break them immediatly.

BigDog 8 years ago

Rooster, Paul Morrison only stepped down because of pressure brought upon him by the people ..... and his keeper Governor Sebelius.

You do know who his lawyer was in his first sexual harrassment case was don't you ...... none other than Mark Parkinson.

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

I never defended Paul Morrison bigdog. I personally think he was stupid. Who in their right mind gets a tattoo on their butt of their secret lover?

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

The Fuhrer's henchmen in the national media have destroyed another 2012 threat.

How clever Obama was to get Sanford to engage in that affair a year ago so he could be taken down when he opposed the stimulus money 10 months later. That Obama is a genius! He really may be the Anointed One with power like that.

KansasPerson 8 years ago

Geez Mark, I hope she was worth it.

Flippin' idiot.

KansasVoter 8 years ago

A story about another republican hypocrite? I'm shocked!

MeAndFannieLou 8 years ago

Hey, at least the person he was fooling around with was a consenting adult. That's a switch, anyway! And the Rs can breathe a collective sigh of relief that it was a woman!

But seriously, running off for a tryst on Father's Day, no less. More R family values!

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

Logan they are most all having affairs including Obama, there are more important issues at hand.

I suppose you have documentation of that assertion of Obama's affair and will be providing it shortly. Your assertions about Obama and some conspiracy theory makes you sound paranoid. Did you get that information from the Holocaust shooter's website?

BigDog 8 years ago


Is that like criticizing other Presidents for having lobbyist in their administration ..... saying you wouldn't allow that ... then hiring lobbyists into high positions?

Is that like criticizing President Bush for not ending the war in Iraq immediately, then giving President Obama a pass for not having a plan to end the war in Iraq?

Is that anything like criticizing the Patriot Act and loss of civil rights by President Bush and not taking President Obama to task for not reversing the Patriot Act?

OzChicklet 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

Logan they are most all having affairs including Obama, there are more important issues at hand.

The SC governor led the resistance against the criminal stimulus theft and would be good presidential candidate for 2012, after America realizes this was all just larceny not stimulus.

Gee, you would vote for a "leader" of "the people" that just disappears? Abandons his people of the state of S.C.? You think someone like that would make a good president? These are yes or no questions. No other comment is necessary.

OzChicklet 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

Obama is probably having affairs just like JFK, Clinton, ect. but his media buddies will keep it quite, who cares? It is unimportant compared to the issues we face.

Some commander in chief Sanford would make. Missing in action. Who cares who it sleeping with whom? He abandoned his duties and his post. This isn't a right or left thing. It's a behavioral thing. I don't want anyone in a leadership position that is that volatile and untrustworthy as to jeopardize the people of his state due to his personal life issues.

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says…

Obama is probably having affairs just like JFK, Clinton, ect. but his media buddies will keep it quite, who cares? It is unimportant compared to the issues we face.

So, that's a big fat NO to you being able to provide any supporting evidence to your assertion that Obama is having an affair. It wasn't that Sanford's media buddies didn't keep his affair private, the fact was his consitituents and both Republican and Democrats in his state were legitimately concerned about him dropping out of sight without making sure there was a proper chain of command in place.

Mike Blur 8 years ago

I absolve Sanford's aides of any culpability in this incident. A simple case of miscommunication.

They thought he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when instead....he was hittin' on some Argentinian tail!

jaywalker 8 years ago

The guy blew his career and probably his marriage. That ain't funny. What is funny is all those here gloating and screaming 'hypocrite', or pretending that this sort of scandal is party specific. Please spare me with the 'but the right is always self-righteous when the shoe's on the other foot' spiel. That behavior ain't party specific either.

KansasVoter 8 years ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says… "The guy blew his career and probably his marriage. That ain't funny. ... That behavior ain't party specific either."

No, it IS funny that he blew his career and marriage...and it very much IS party specific. The republican party is constantly trying to push their phony "family values" down our throats and scream about "the sanctity of marriage", but it turns out that a large percentage of them are cheating on their wives when they're telling other people how they should live their lives. When you're the party of "do as I say, not as I do" that makes all of you republicans hypocrites.

Mike Blur 8 years ago

Mach, I was wondering how long it would take Faux News would put a D next to his name, just like they did to Larry Craig. Not surprising at all!

jaywalker 8 years ago

"Biologically speaking, man is not a monogamous creature. AND any social convention that goes against the nature of man needs to be seriously reassessed."

IOW, we need to empirically justify this behavior so guys can screw around without repercussions. That should play well.

jaywalker 8 years ago

"and it very much IS party specific. The republican party is constantly trying to push their phony “family values” down our throats and scream about “the sanctity of marriage”, "

I said to spare me with that tripe. Shocker that it would be Kansasvoter who'd respond in exactly that fashion.
Party specific?! Do you really need the laundry list of Democrats who've behaved the same way? And Democrats never talk of 'family values' nor regard their marriage as sacred on the campaign trail only to be caught in someone else's bed? What was that SC senator's name again? Only a moron would regurgitate that bile. Well done.

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

The honeymoon is about over?

Obama is on an all time high. The republicans are making it too easy for him.

tolawdjk 8 years ago

I think the RNC needs to send a Twitter to its members.

"If she didn't give you the ring on your finger, keep your thing out of her!"

blindrabbit 8 years ago

The Right winger bloggers are no-doubt sitting with tight arses now that another holier-than-thou types has fessed-up. Remember Larry Craig, John Ensign, David Vitter, and now Mark Sanford, all office holders. Throw in Ted Haggart, Jerry Falwell and all of the other sexually repressed venom spitters.

I notice that the ones that blogged tried to tie it to some Obama issue.

Mike Blur 8 years ago

right_thinker (Tom Shewmon) is starting to sound like the grown ups on the Charlie Brown cartoons.

mwah woh woh woh woh woh Messiah woh woh woh woh woh Clinton woh woh woh woh far left woh woh woh woh woh.....

Tom McCune 8 years ago

Oh, please, please let the affair have been with an Argentinian gaucho named Jaime. That's the only thing that could make this better....

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

Poor Tom, it's been a bad couple of weeks for his guys so he has to ramp his attacks on Obama and the Democrats. The sky is falling. The sky is falling.

frank mcguinness 8 years ago

Tom, The sky fell from the last eight years.

TacoBob 8 years ago

This guy should resign immediately. Claims it is 'over'. Since when, after he got back from Argentina?

Clean house. There has to be someone in this country, from either party, that can get elected and stay elected by having no 'affair' baggage.

jaywalker 8 years ago

How 'bout someone who pays their taxes? Adultery is despicable but at least it's not a federal crime.

Keith 8 years ago

No, just a crime in South Carolina.

Christine Anderson 8 years ago

Hmmm..I do not buy the theory that men have a biological(or hormonal) excuse for cheating. They cheat because they are men!!! All political affiliations. All economic levels.

If men have an anthropological excuse for cheating, it's because they do their thinking with the smaller head!

Christine Anderson 8 years ago

"My momma done told me...When I was in pigtails...A man is a two-face....a worrisome thing, who'll leave you to sing the Blues in the Night." "They buy you dinners, open your doors. Other than that, what are they good for?" Well yeah, there's "that", but a certain device and batteries can take care of that. Ha,ha,ha.

Katara 8 years ago

Helen Fischer is not a credible anthropologist.

Christine Anderson 8 years ago

Tom, there's someone you should talk to....

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years ago

Oh, boy, oh boy, oh boy, I am waiting with great anticipation to see how Puss Bimbo witl spin this one!!

Another righteous Republican caught with his pants down, and they were simply foaming at the mouth over Clinton, !

Ha,ha ,ha,ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Alia Ahmed 8 years ago

beo, you must have overlooked these two posts from yesterday. Of course, it is Obama and the MSM's fault. :~)

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says… The Fuhrer's henchmen in the national media have destroyed another 2012 threat.

OeraLinda (Anonymous) says… That’ll teach him to fight draconian Washington stimulus power grabs.

Rex Russell 8 years ago

Republican or Democrat, it doesn't matter. Basically abandoning your post for days for a booty call is grounds for impeachment. Don't care that it stems from an affair, He left town for days and did not grant powers to the Lt. Gov. Didn't even inform him. Unexcusable. If this was a military situation, he'd be court-martialed and in the brig. If this were my job and I didn't show up and didn't call in, I'd be fired. Obstensibly, his staff knew where he was and lied to the public to avoid scandal. Again, breach of trust with the public.

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