June 23rd, 2009
11:14 AM ET
9 years ago

Clyburn: Sanford should have alerted officials to travel

Clyburn said the governor should have told more people where he was going.

Clyburn said the governor should have told more people where he was going.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn said Tuesday that Gov. Mark Sanford should have told the state's lieutenant governor he would be traveling out of state before embarking on a hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail.

"I wish he had called the lieutenant governor and at least alerted him to the fact that he was going to be out of pocket," Clyburn told CNN. "That way we would not have any kind of possible crisis."

But Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, said he understands the need for politicians to escape from the public eye every now and then. "I think that we give up a lot of our privacy when he get into public office," he said.

Sanford reportedly left Columbia last Thursday in a state law enforcement vehicle. Clyburn said he did not think it was unusual for an official to slip away without telling security.

"I went to the barber shop this morning," Clyburn said. "I didn't tell my security detail. I think a lot of time we do that. So I don't see any real harm in that. But leaving the state is another question."

"I wish he had chosen the Palmetto Trail to hike upon, that way he could have stayed within the state and not created a possible crisis," he said.

Filed under: James Clyburn • Mark Sanford
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    This is the type of stunt a 17 year old would pull, not a governor. His family wasn't informed? He missed Fathers Day? Nice display of responsibility and family values.

    Bye bye presidential aspirations! When the going gets tough Sanford runs away.

    June 23, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Melissa

    Sanford caused a nationwide manhunt for him. He needs to face charges for this.

    June 23, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Melissa

    ck – grow up

    June 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. SLM

    Oh who cares?? Those of you making a big deal out of it........get a life, he's not the president, whom we wish would take a hike!

    June 23, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. R in Maine

    Maybe he should just wear an electronic ankle finder bracelet.

    June 23, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. OrlandoGuy

    Well said Rep. Clyburn. But I agree with some others that there is more to this story.

    June 23, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Yeah something about this just dosn't sit right. He "disapears" on Thursday, misses fathers day with his family, his wife finally wonders where he is on Monday and today we finally know supposedly where he's been. Very strange, very strange indeed!

    June 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. flybyshoeing

    I wonder if he will come back without those bags under his eyes. Hmmm. A little plastic surgery never hurts.

    June 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. nota dem

    just another black making a useless stink about a white person. Whats next, going to scream black discrimination because Clyburn didnt get to go, probably.

    June 23, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Oops!!!

    Sanford is pulling a John Edwards.....Think about it (Father's day week end)

    June 23, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. flybyshoeing

    I am sure he is very stressed out what with those tax cuts he put in that practically bankrupt his state. Refusing the stimulus money and than having to take it. At the end of last year, he was forced to get a loan from the Federal Government for unemployment benefits. He was willing to just let the fund run out and not do anything. Doesn't want money to educate his constituents, yet has live a privledged life on a plantation and married the heir to Black and Decker. What a guy.

    June 23, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    Guess somebody didn't get the memo?

    June 23, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. robert j

    This is the same irresponsible moron who wanted everyone to think he understood the financial crisis and that everyone else didn't, and that his state doesn't need anyones help. Glad I have quit spending any of my money in SC!

    June 23, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Give the people what they want

    Looks like the sequel to Brokeback Mountain........lol staring Gov Mark Sanford. "Brokeback Trail"

    June 23, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Alrighty Now

    RESPONSIBLITY. When you are in charge of a state, you are RESPONSIBLE and held accountable if something goes wrong. It is your duty to inform your Lt. so that he can step in for you should the need arise. Not telling your family of four sons on Father's day where you are is a hell of an example to set for them. Way to go. We all need some down time. True. But this was a very irresponsible way of going about it. But oh wait, he's a Republican.

    June 23, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom

    SANFORD is LYING. What husband would leave to go on a hike without telling his WIFE??????????????????????????

    Another GOP LIAR.

    June 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    He should be sensured.

    June 23, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    Melissa June 23rd, 2009 12:00 pm ET

    Sanford caused a nationwide manhunt for him. He needs to face charges for this.
    Oh, please..........."face charges for this".----give me a freakin break. What to you want Melissa...........people to start reporting even when they go to the restroom.

    June 23, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. J. Richter

    When you spot a weirdo politician get rid of them ASAP. Same as Cantor spending time with truckers at Britney Spears concert instead of the SOTU speech. Or Ensign that sleeps with friend's wives. Or slick hair Edwards. Or diapper wearing hooker patrionizer Witter of New Orleans. The only problem is Witter and Ensign keeping their jobs while Edwards rots in political hell. I say get rid of the whole lot. And Witter running off his mug against Obama policies who at least represents American family structure in good light for our kids and young folks.

    June 23, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Slider

    Sit down, Clyburn.

    Make another useless bill, or something that will cost us taxpayers more for your useless constituents.

    June 23, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Larry from RI

    Too bad he came back!

    June 23, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Melissa

    Guess we have a lesson in GOP morality, huh? Either he's lying to do something illegal, or he's a complete jerk because no husband goes on a hike in the middle of nowhere without telling his wife. Either way, he just scared the crap out of the federal gvt, probably meant alot of money spent trying to find him, and caused alot of trouble.

    He should not get out of this. He could have been dead. Its not like this guy was just some clerk at a Shell Station, he's a Governor that has been trying to cause alot of obstructionist problems toward the new administration. For all anyone knew, he was being mutilated and tortured for it.

    This isn't a little thing no matter how much some Republicans are trying to blow it off.

    June 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Stacy from Leesburg, VA June 23rd, 2009 11:55 am ET

    I am a liberal Democrat, but I find this whole tempest in a teapot thing kind of annoying. Governor Sanford probably shold have told the Lt. Gov. that he was stepping out for a few. But this faux controversary is just stupid.


    No Stacy, you are dead wrong. The issue goes beyond that. This is a guy who refused taxpayer money, then jumps in a state-owned vehicle and uses taxpayer money to go on his tantrum. Also, he's another one of the holier-than-thou hypocrits that preach family values, then bails on his wife and kids over Father's day without even telling them. He is scum, like all his party and followers.

    June 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Donkey, that is fine, go after him for those issues of not taking stimulus money and the suffering of his people, I think those are legit issues to attack the Governor on. However, in reference to this cat stepping out of his office...and doing a full blown investigation therein..that is just crazy. There is so much low-hanging fruit, why go after the clown on this one?

    June 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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