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

Sanford to return to work Wednesday, staff says

Sanford is expected to be back at work Wednesday.

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. John

    They "say" he contacted them. Who knows... We'll see on Wednesday. maybe.

    June 23, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. David

    Sad, this guy has no concept of leadership! It's one thing to disappear, but when you are the top elected official in your state, that's just plain stupid. And worse, he set a bad example on Father's Day!! I thought the Republican's were the party of "family values".... so now we have the former senator from Idaho playing in the bathroom, the junior senator from Nevada having an affair, and this governor choosing to disappear for days and ignore his kids on Father's Day..... yea, those guys are real family value types!!!

    June 23, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Dumb

    I find it hilarious how some people on here leaving comments like "thank god he's ok" on here...i mean, you act like he's your family member or something. I for one could care less if he was ok or not, I have family members with bigger issues than to worry about some idiot governor who took oath to hold a job that he obviously has too much trouble handling cuz he has to "get away"....what a joke! Unemployment is up guv...i'm sure there's plenty of people in your state that would love to take your job!

    June 23, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. You don't represent my thoughts

    Running away and not telling anyone – walk or affair. This isn't normal and this isn't someone who is capable of running a state let alone a country.

    This so called man is a disgrace, father's day he choose to be away from his family!

    June 23, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Ron

    WHAT!!?!! He was on a secret hike that was to secret to tell his family, lmao. I guess fox (news) accepted this excuse because he is part of the right wing fringe group,but I have a couple of questions.

    June 23, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Barbie

    When a "FAMILY" man goes missing over Father's Day, (his sons didn't even know where he was), now that's a problem!! I smell a "rat"!!

    June 23, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Tim, Austin, TX

    Very strange. His wife and 4 children didn't know where he was on Father's day and it was no big deal? Something stinks here.

    June 23, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. phoenix86

    Chuck,

    Yea, the only thing worse is if he were to use public funds to take his wife to dinner in NY, or send a personal aircraft on a photo op at taxpayer expenses, or propose these massive spending packages that everyone knows doesn't work, or propose to spend a bunch on a health care plan when his own staff shows that it doesn't work either, or going around to other leaders and apologizing for the past, or putting himself above his constitution, etc.

    June 23, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. nadine

    Why would he leave on Father's Day. He has four sons. That's just weird. I can't believe his wife didn't even know how to reach him. What if something happened to his kids and they needed him home asap. What if something happended to him, how could anyone help him if they didn't have a way to find him. No it's not weird, it's scary.

    June 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. JDG

    Only in the South. This guy is a joke everywhere else.

    June 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Brian

    I'm not a fan of this guy, but even I'm amazed at the over-reaction this has garnered. The man took a long weekend. Sheesh.

    June 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Everyone else was taken aback by the fact Sanford was supposedly so fiscally conservative that he didn't want taxpayer money for SC, but found no problem whatsoever in using taxpayer money and a state vehicle to go on his tantrum. Time to investigate and impeach the loon, folks. Just another power-hungry hypocritical right-winger that cares about absolutely nothing but his own self interests. These are the types of sub-humans that are destroying our democracy from within.

    June 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. a little sad

    Are governor's allowed to go walkabout?

    June 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Melissa

    Sanford cause a country wide manhunt to find his butt because he didn't tell anyone where he was going, not even his wife. He needs to face charges.

    June 23, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Rick

    Here's the inescapable basic issue – The guy has 4 sons and bailed on his family over Father's Day!?!? What kind of man, Father, Husband, let alone GOVERNOR, would ditch his wife and kids on FATHER'S DAY without telling them where he was!?! Whatever he was doing, I'm sure the one thing he WASN'T doing was being honest.

    June 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. a little sad

    "B-b-b-but – I'm just following directions.

    The state legislature told me to take a hike, so I did."

    June 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. CNN fan

    He is upset because the senate & him do not agree on anything- anymore. I think he knows that he has upset the majority of SC and he is just waiting for his term in office to be over. But I don't get why hsi wife didn't know and didn't seem to be concerned??? Odd.

    June 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. http://www.popduds.com

    I am occasionally embarrassed to admit that I am a resident of South Carolina. And you wonder why our state is in such a mess!

    June 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Pete Caloger

    Hiking? Yeah right. His name will show up on a hotel registration or video camera before this is all over.

    June 23, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. richard

    These republican politicians care for no one but themselves. the gop should be outraged by this circus stanford has created.

    June 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Wylie H.

    I don't understand what the big deal is... the Governor is a human, just like the rest of us. The legislative session was over and he decided to take a long weekend to go hiking, after leaving his staff with instructions on how to reach him in event of an emergency.

    June 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Reece

    Sounds like nothing more than a stunt to get some air time. Move on – don't give it any more notice.

    June 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. jerry from Houston

    It neverf ceases to amaze me how something so trivial can get some of the haters to make comments. People who call the man a jerk and say that he has ckecked out mentally need to come to grips with themselves.

    June 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Alvaro Renato Aguirre-Lopez

    Leave Gov Sanford alone. He was just taken a few days off, but seems that all the liberal media is after him. CNN has made 3 posting about the Gov. Sanford in the last two days, and I think there are more important issues we should be talking about. No wonder why CNN ratings have been plunged along with MSNBC. If you want to bring up your ratings, then please talk about real issues that affect the lives of average Americans.

    June 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Zebulon Pi

    I was about to say this was much ado about nothing, but the fact that his STAFF and his FAMILY didn't know where he was either stopped me.

    If you're GOVERNOR of a state, it's your JOB for people to know where you are. You MUST inform your staff. If some type of disaster happened, natural or man-made, the confusion of his absence would have caused a loss of life, and that's unacceptable.

    Even as a normal Joe, you never, NEVER just walk into the woods and not let people know where you're going, and when to expect you back. That's how people DIE, pinned under a fallen tree or in a ditch with a broken leg, with no hope of rescue because no one knows you're there. That's Outdoors 101, which this guy obviously never attended.

    So, he's not a good governor OR a good woodsman... time to find something ELSE to do!

    June 23, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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