(CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford did not spend the last five days hiking the Appalachian Trail - as his staff had indicated - but was instead in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the South Carolina Republican told The State newspaper Wednesday.
Spotted returning from the trip in the Atlanta airport Wednesday morning, Sanford said he had considered hiking the Appalachian Trail after his state's busy legislative season came to end but instead decided on a more "exotic" trip.
"I wanted to do something exotic. It's a great city," said Sanford of his five-day getaway that appeared to leave his entire staff and family in the dark about his whereabouts. Sanford also said no one else accompanied him on the trip.
Sanford wouldn't tell the newspaper exactly what he did in the South American country, besides take a drive along the coastline.
The South Carolina governor also said he hadn't planned to return until Thursday, but came back earlier after his chief of staff contacted him to say the story of his whereabouts was drawing widespread media attention.
Sanford expressed surprise the story was attracting such attention, saying it's not unusual for him to take such trips.
"I would get out of the bubble I am in," he said.
In a short interview with CNN Tuesday, Sanford's wife Jenny said she still has not talked to her husband since he left last Thursday and did not know where he went.
OK, this is a little strange but some of you people are way over the top on this. A right wing nut job? What does that have to do with this? Something somehow related with the so-called "religious right"? Come on people, get a grip.
However, I will say this effectively ends his political career.
Oh, yeah. This is completely normal behavior.
And he refused stimulus money, too.
Perfect. What does he care about the people in his state when he can just fly off to Argentina, without his wife?
A week without another nutcase Republican antic is like a day without sunshine.
Maybe he just had to "get away", relax & do some "attitude adjustment". But to do this & not tell anyone smells of something else!
Too bizarre! By law, isn't he supposed to tell the lieutenant governor? Not to mention his family? Can't he be impeached for this action? But wait–it's South Carolina!!
His wife didn't even know where he went. Niiiice. I have to say for a person in his position that jetting to Argentina without telling anybody is pretty irresponsible. Ranks pretty high on the idiot scale. I hope they remove him from office. He can join the ranks of his state's unemployed because he obviously does not care enough about his job.
I am quite frigthened about this unfolding drama. The Chief of Staff obviously knew where he was and decided to lie to the people of the State. He should be repreminded for this. Secondly, his wife appeared not to know his whereabout. This is surprising. Even if he wanted to get away from the bubble of office was he also trying to get away from the bubble of his marriage? Something tells me his marriage is heading for the burst
What a duffus!
Another Republican odd ball. What a whacked out party....
It's not "unusual" for him to take off for Argentina without telling his wife? That's interesting.
This would be irresponsible behavior for any governor. But when most of your state wishes harm on you, it becomes even more irresponsible.
For his next excursion, I'm willing to buy Sanford a one-way ticket to Alaska!
Too bad he wasn't hiking – on a one way hike across the Bridge to Nowhere. This guy is a nutcase.
Maybe he went to Argentina to meet Nazis!!! Scandal!!!
He "wanted to do something exotic." I hope she was worth it. What a dork. Have a nice day!
OK, As an SC citizen, I can tell you that not only does our Governor live in a nice mansion, he owns one on the oceanfront at Sullivan's Island and has some farm somewhere. He didn't need to go to ANOTHER HEMISPHERE to get away from his kids on Father's Day. Stick a big ole fork in him.....
This guy was going to be who the Republican Party might run for president?? It only makes sense!! Another incompetent person in Washington, making decisions for all of us. Of course! Lets see, we can run Sarah P. as his V.P. What a great combo!
The wife needs to go to the media to know where her husband is?
What a ridiculous situation.
I don't care about their marriage problems...
The guy took a vacation, went to Buenos Aires to eat some real beaf so What?..Don't cry for me Argentina...
Who cares!?!? This is for SC to take care of.
9.4% Unemployment! FOCUS!
Now the Republicans can say that the Dems had him kidnapped; it
would certainly typify their brand of truth.
Sanford needs to resign, he's done a horrible job in this state and he's not mentally stable to handle pressure especially losing a court battle from a 12 year old of the stimulus money that needs to fix the education system and build jobs. man what a pathetic sore loser Sanford is. make matters worse he left the country during the most precious time to be with his kids during Fathers Day. just pathetic!!
Sanford did not have to run for public office. When you choose to do so, you lose a little bit of your freedom. However, it was his choice to become Governor. With power comes responsibility. I think his mental stability and credibility has to be questioned. Plus, what Dad flees to Argentina over Father's Day without the family? This stinks really bad.
Needless to say, I think you can cross this fool off the list in 2012.
hmmm as the repubs would say about Obama.. was this exotic getaway on TAX payers money or did you take ur money right of the top of the stimulus money to take such a trip ??????
I don't think that as a non-resident of South Carolina it's any of my business where he went. And I think it's obscene of his wife to make any comments whatsoever to CNN or any one else! if the voters of South Carolina are unhappy with their governor, let them make that clear at the next gubernatorial election.
He is supposed to be from the party that supports FAMILY VALUES???
maybe he had to go to Argentina to have a great smoke out with the good ole stuff from South AMerica, If so, he did not need his security detail to know this................or his office, nor his wife. C'mon people of SC how stupid are we!!!!!!!!!!!