Monday, June 22, 2009

I Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

There's a GOP Confederate governor on the loose.


South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford is safe and secure, his office said Monday afternoon, moving to tamp down speculation that he had gone missing.
Sanford has not been in touch with his office since Thursday and left Columbia without his state police detail.
His communications director, Joel Sawyer, wouldn’t disclose Sanford’s location but said that before the governor left town last week “he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach.”
“Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions,” said Sawyer.
Sanford’s wife, Jenny, told The Associated Press Monday that she was unconcerned and that the second-term governor is “writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids.”
Sawyer added: “The governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it's not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head. Obviously, that's going to be somewhat out of the question this time given the attention this particular absence has gotten.”

"Out of pocket?" It's a good thing this guy doesn't have the job in which he's been rumored to be interested: Barack Obama's.

UPDATE: The seemingly stressed-out governor is said to be hiking the Appalachian Trail. If Sanford still harbors presidential aspirations in 2012, GOP primary voters just might tell him to take another hike.

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