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. Sniffit

    How symbolically fitting: I'm pretty sure there are a LOT of people in South Carolina who actually wish Sanford woudl take a hike.

    June 23, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. ck

    Why does CNN put "permalink" on threads that contain comments that point out Obama's inexperience and controversy??

    Censorship, get used to it because Obama wont tolerate criticizm.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! We are heading toward Russia circa 1970 or Iran today!!

    I dare CNN to post this!

    June 23, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. johnny

    Anytime you're hiking, someone should always know exactly where. How many stories have you heard about missing hikers? Just for his own personal safety he should have let someone know where he'd be. And if he's incommunique, how's he going to know if there's a state emergency that will require him to be available? It was totally irresponsible.

    June 23, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Laverne

    Using state vehicle for pleasure !!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. ThinkAboutIt

    It's a no-brainer for the governor of a state to tell at least one person when they're taking off. That's just common sense.

    June 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Pat

    There's more to this than just a hiking trip.

    June 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    This whole thing doesn't pass the smell test. That would be true no matter what party Sanford represents.
    It sounds vague and is not believable. Makes you wonder. I can understand the need for alone time but he should have at least told his wife.

    June 23, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. CJG

    And this man wants to be President????
    Something is off here , a public figure gives up many things and leaving his state etc and not telling anyone to go hiking is one of them, even his wife did not know where he was. Definetly something you could and should not do as Governor . VERY STRANGE INDEED!!!

    June 23, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. joe smith

    perhaps next time mr. clyburn, and mr. sanford could hike the palmetto trail together, and observe the need to get back to basics, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, and provide for the citizens of the state of S.C...

    June 23, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Qui-Tam Relator

    I believe that we American's have a lot more to worry about then a hiking trip, Health Care, No Job's for our youth, Banking Industry, Housing Industry and the list goes on. Both Republican and the Democratic Parties are CORRUPT with GREED its time for us American's go into Rebellion Mode ! ****************************************************************************

    June 23, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Chris from NY

    If this was Preisdent Obama all hell would have broken lose. This is a man (Obama) who has a fairly good knowledge of how things work in the middle east and the moslem world and has tried to wlak that line but it,s not good enough for the hard liners. All talk and no action is all the Republicans do or start a war and ask questions later. I have heard all the rumbling of people that don't have the knowledge of what happens behind the scene. Tough talk and no action. Or act now and ask questions later. What a disgrace that is.

    June 23, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. barbara

    did he say "crisis"? yep thats the code word that liberal dems use to scare people into thinking that the sky is falling and we will all day tomorrow if we dont spend trillions of dollars. clyburn is such a racist. I know it, he knows it and you know it. he will do everything he possibly can, moral or not, to ensure that the dems stay in power forever, or until the world ends, whichever comes first. it is not beneath any dem to scare the people into submission. we have been hearing this since jan 20th. anytime a republican, especilly if he is a middle aged white man, does something different, you libs have to make him look like he has a mental problem. its unbelievable and yet expected.

    June 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. whatoexpectfromGOP

    what do you exepcet from GOP they are a bunch of pinheads. He is no different, this idiot is mad because he did not get his way when he refused the stimulas .

    June 23, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. girlymen love the GOP

    He was looking for Eric Rudolphs old hiding spots.Good morning TCM,nice to see you out making posts already and using all your names and telling us all your Rush Limbaugh talking points.You must have really missed him yesterday,unless you spent your day with him and Sanford.

    June 23, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank you Mr. Clyburn for explaining that to the governor. You can't just leave the state and not tell anyone. Did Sanford do the same ting when he went overseas and Myrtle Beach was going up in flames? The governor needs to explain himself and offer an apology to the people of S.C.

    June 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Erik

    He probably wanted a place to hide the stimulus money. When it actually helps his state he will look foolish. Better to hide it and let people suffer.

    June 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. jim

    @ ck

    I dare you to jump off a cliff and take your racist attitude with you – come on I dare you.

    June 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Demarcus Jackson from Columbia, TN

    Gov. Sanford's actions were selfish and disrespectful to the citizens and residents of South Carolina.

    June 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. obama stinks

    oh god, they just don't get any uglier than this!

    June 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Garry

    GOP the party of responsibility and family values!

    "Jenny Sanford said Monday she had not spoken with her husband for several days, including Father's Day. The Sanfords have four sons.
    "He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids," she told The Associated Press while vacationing at the family's Sullivans Island beach house. A message left for her wasn't returned after the governor's hiking plans were disclose"


    June 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Randy Ellis

    Who cares?

    June 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. JoelWhy

    "Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress" What the heck does this representative's race have to do with the story? Why on earth does the author even mention it?

    June 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. RR

    go back to DC where you disappear anyway, Clyburn.

    If something happened to the Gov. people would have been notified.

    June 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Democrats Rule

    If he had told people there would have been no drama. Since the Republican Party has decided to counter the No Drama Obama campaign with a Nothing But Drama campaign this was totally predictable.

    June 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    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.

    June 23, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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