June 23rd, 2009
11:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Sanford to return to work Wednesday, staff says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/23/art.sanford1.gi.jpg caption="Sanford is expected to be back at work Wednesday."](CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford is set return to his office Wednesday following widespread confusion over his whereabouts, a spokesman for the South Carolina Republican said.

Earlier: South Carolina Gov. goes missing

Joel Sawyer, Sanford's communication's director, also said in a statement Tuesday the governor called his chief of staff Tuesday morning and was "somewhat taken aback by all of the interest this trip has gotten."

"Given the circumstances and the attention this has garnered, the governor communicated to us that he plans on returning to the office tomorrow," Sawyer said in the statement.

Full statement:

Governor Sanford called to check in with his Chief of Staff this morning. It would be fair to say the governor was somewhat taken aback by all of the interest this trip has gotten.

Given the circumstances and the attention this has garnered, the governor communicated to us that he plans on returning to the office tomorrow.

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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Fair is Fair June 23rd, 2009 11:52 am ET

    Dutch said "This incident shoudl disqualify him for running for POTUS."

    We'll get to work on ammending the constitution right away, Dutch.

    I think Dutch was referring to the Gov. being "disqualified " in the eye of the general public, not to being "disqualified" as per the Constitution Fair is Fair. But I bet you already knew that and couldn't resist!

    June 23, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ Mississippi Mike, who said "Sanford goes hiking, Obama goes out for a cheeseburger, who really cares?"

    I'll throw you a bone: ultimately, I've got to agree with you there...see, we can find common ground! haha 🙂

    June 23, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Jack in Florida

    What kind of a relationship do you have when your wife and family have no idea where you are???? Kiss 2012 good by!!

    June 23, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. I give up

    libs making somthing out of nothing. unlike obama he does not announce his plans to the world, when he visits the toilet. sanford would have all things in place before he left. get a grip.

    June 23, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. matt

    @ Big Ed

    Somehow, I think the PRESIDENT going missing would be a far bigger deal. Apples and Oranges dude.

    Pass the pipe.

    June 23, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    Whoever is comparing this episode to President Obama's date with his wife, etc., is missing the point. Every step the President takes is chronicled – and a bit too much I might add. This is called TRANSPARENCY. What the governor allegedly did was OBSCURE. By the way, I actually like to see a man take HIS WIFE out. What a refreshing breath of air.

    June 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. frank, NC

    I just want to know who he went with. I bet some hot secretary I am sure.

    June 23, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Hannah Stevens

    Let me see, this is the party of personal responsibility... of family values, it was father's day and he left his wife with their four sons and didn't tell her where he was going...And for the governor to not let people know where he is in case of an emergency? Another Republican whacko...LOL

    June 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. DJ

    Who really cares...but I'm just not buying it. So a governor goes away for days in the wilderness and stays in a tent or sleeping bag by himself?
    Doesn't even tell his own wife? At least Obama BRINGS his wife or kids when goes out and about.

    June 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. AJ

    There is no love lost on this guy coming from me; although one gives up a great deal of the possibility for a true private life when you ascend to a position such as his, he still deserves a true private life. You're just being ridiculous if you think that this will hurt (or help) his possible 2012 presidential candidacy.

    June 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. sms29s

    There's quite a difference between a wife not knowing where her husband is and refusing to discuss private matters with the press. Sorry, but when you choose elective office as a career, your whereabouts becomes everyone's business.

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

    I give up – the problem here is that Sanford did NOT have everything in place when he left. He informed no one – not his staff, not his family. They have admitted publicly that they did not know where he was. He is the governor and has responsibility for millions of people. To leave like he did was beyond irresponsible. What if an emergency had come up with either family or state? Luckily for him nothing did. If you are the head of a state or country, you are not entitled to just pick up and leave without letting anyone know where you will be and how to reach you.

    June 23, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. David

    This is clearly a cover up for ANOTHER Mental Mealtdown for this psychotic man. If it was just a hiking trip, he would have told his wife, staff and security, and would not have abandoned his his family for what will be 6 days, including Father's Day.

    Remember, the lie his wife told was that he was going to write something and to get away from the children....on Father's Day. Now it's a hiking trip. They need to get their stories straight.

    There should be an investigation to where he goes when he is MIA. He is clearly a security risk to the state of South Carolina. His MIA trips get longer and longer.

    June 23, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    IndianaJim June 23rd, 2009 11:09 am ET

    After reading the hateful spiteful comments from democrats regarding this story and others on CNN, I have to wonder where is that "tolerance" and "diversity" that is preached by the left? A governor goes missing and all I see is hate. Disagree with the man's ideas and politics all you want, but what is with this unbridled hatefulness? How close are we to the same kind of bloodshed after our elections just as is happening in Iran? Think about it please.


    Sorry Jimmy, your phoney outrage won't fly here. We on the "left" hear more hate from your sick following when our guy goes down the street for a burger or ice cream with his kids. It's called "hypocrisy", and the right-wingers are the kings of it, that's why we hate you, and your questionably elected GOP officials so much. Your party is spearheding the decline of democracy as we know it, and we're done letting you.

    June 23, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Janice in Mississippi

    This governor's pay should be docked for the number of days he was AWOL (absent without leave).

    He is an ELECTED official; not a civilian; he is accountable to his constituents and most of all to his family. Disappearing on Father's Day weekend is bad enough, but to do it on the literally poor State of South Carolina's dime?

    His behavior cannot be excused. Privately, he owes his wife and children an apology; publically the citizens of South Carolina.

    June 23, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Lauren

    Mr. family values, where were you on Father's Day?

    June 23, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Hey Mark did you find any spines for your state democrats?

    June 23, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Scott B

    Boy I wish I could walk away from my job and sulk and then be bale to come back with a bogus excuse like the GOV. And this all on the heals of a possible run for the oval office in 2012. Good luck, I doubt you could win the state let alone the white house

    June 23, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Michigan

    If he has national aspirations, this will come back to haunt him. Cheney could be out of the public eye for weeks, but not the President.

    June 23, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks for clarifying that to Fair is Fair.

    June 23, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. lt

    Read through all of these and think on how foolish most of them sound!

    Let's see...a man takes a weekend off and goes on a hike somewhere on the Appalachian Trail. When asked, his wife and kids say they aren't sure where he is...technically true – especially since a rabid press can't leave politicians alone. (maybe they could take a picture of him in his swimsuit) On fathers day of all things...let's see, one of the better gifts my family could give me would be a weekend away.

    Come on people, please get a life!

    June 23, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Liberal

    Why does it matter anyways, the people of South Carolina know how it's going to go: shoot down funding for education (the state is nearly last in SAT scores), watch fox news all day long, fall in love with Rush (again) and vote for that idiot Mike Huckabee. Oh yeh and still lovin Strom Thurmond- a segregationist with a black child, gotta love the south!

    June 23, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Mia and Mike

    This is not passing the common sense test.... Come on- an undisclosed, secret hiking trip??? Why on earth would he disappear right before Father's Day weekend and not even tell his family his wherabouts? What wife goes for days without talking to her husband while he's out of town? What is so important that he would miss the all important family day that represents traditional, patriarch family values around our great nation? His PR folks had several hours to come up with a story on his wherabouts and this is the best they could do?

    June 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    The only difference here is when Stanford goes out he doesn't take ABC, NBC, ABC,MSNBC with him to drool over his every move, Had Stanford asked Obama if he could borrow the state owned liberal media this would not have been an issue.

    June 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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