Not much going on in the world of politics today. The only thing that really stuck out to me was a strange story circulating around about the governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford. He apparently has been missing since Thursday. That it itself is weird but the response from his wife is even weirder:
The whereabouts of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) "have been unknown to state officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is in charge of the executive office," reports the Columbia State.
"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."
"Sanford's last known whereabouts were near Atlanta, where a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said."
According to WCBD-TV, the First Lady said he "has been gone for several days and she doesn't know where, but she is not concerned."
No one has been able to reach the man, not even his wife and she is not concerned? I hope everything is okay with the governor, but maybe someone should question Mrs. Sanford a little further.
The Lt. Governor is not taking the governor's absence lightly at all:
"I cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with him for more than four days, and that no one, including his own family, knows his whereabouts," said Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. Bauer said he'd been rebuffed by the governor's staff when he tried to find out where Sanford was.
The governor's spokesman Joel Sawyer is saying that the governor left town Thursday with plans with plans to hike the trail, which passes through 14 states but doesn't cross South Carolina. Sawyer said he didn't know where exactly Sanford was along the 2,200-mile trail and declined to discuss Sanford's travel arrangements or who, if anyone, was hiking with him. The governor is expected back later this week.
"He's an avid outdoorsman," Sawyer said. "Nobody's ever accused our governor of being conventional."
READ THE FULL AP ARTICLE HERE.
A few more details about Sanford's hiking trips over at TPM.
Sanford office claims to have had contact with him, but his wife says she still has not heard from her Husband.
"I am being a mom today. I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children," said Jenny Sanford. Read More
Update 4: WOW! THE MAN COMES CLEAN AND FORWARD TO SAY HE WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY CHEATING ON HIS WIFE. HIS STAFF LIED TO COVER HIS ASS, HE'S CHEATING, HIS WIFE IS PISSED............OH BOY!
UPDATE 5: It's being reported that some e-mails between Sanford and the woman he was seeing has been recovered. The State.com has the story.
Update 6: Sanford's wife puts out a statement:
Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford
I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage. As well, for the last fifteen years my husband has been fully engaged in public service to the citizens and taxpayers of this state and I have faithfully supported him in those efforts to the best of my ability. I have been and remain proud of his accomplishments and his service to this state.
I personally believe that the greatest legacy I will leave behind in this world is not the job I held on Wall Street, or the campaigns I managed for Mark, or the work I have done as First Lady or even the philanthropic activities in which I have been routinely engaged. Instead, the greatest legacy I will leave in this world is the character of the children I, or we, leave behind. It is for that reason that I deeply regret the recent actions of my husband Mark, and their potential damage to our children.
I believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity, dignity and importance of the institution of marriage. I believe that has been consistently reflected in my actions. When I found out about my husband's infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage. We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.
This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week.
I believe enduring love is primarily a commitment and an act of will, and for a marriage to be successful, that commitment must be reciprocal. I believe Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage.
Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.
This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family.
Mark Sanford press conference