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. Joe Cotton

    Those on the "Right" are so obtuse...they pretend as if we the citizens of the USA are stupid. Stanford & Rush is a true dangers and the leaders on the right and left understand the same... the return of Hitler in America. Remember...Stanford & Rush doesn't care if America fails..they've already received glory here on earth through unjust deeds...just like that devil from hell (Hitler).

    June 23, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. P Alfonso

    Glad to see that he is fine. A national hero that stood up against the Fed needs to stick around. We need many more like him.

    June 23, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Ronald

    SOP for all heads of state requires 24/7 communication and/or initiating a change of leadership in emergency situations. Whatever his rational for not taking the bailout money is his decision. Not providing the 2nd in charge with his 24/7 whereabouts is a State Security Issue that needs to be dealt with by the state legis. In my opinion, he made a big error in judgement and should be held accountable. SC is still behind the times it seems, and I'm a Dam Yankee in SC.

    June 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Henry

    Anytime a head of state leave his position without informing the next in charge or his staff as the governor of a state; Should be terminated on he spot period !!!!. No excute.

    June 23, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Pat

    Very inappropriate not telling even his family where he is. There's more to this story. Just a matter of time before it comes out.

    June 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Chenna Benna

    Looks like the voters will have him checking out of the governorship as well as the 2012 presidential race soon. Then he can travel all he wants on the trail that got part of the evil stimulus money to maintain it.

    June 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. matt

    Look at all the libtards freaking out about Sanford taking a break from his job. Obama jets off to New York for a date night and flies the family to Paris for vacation and all the libs jump and say, "Good for you Mr. President" and "You deserve it." But a republican takes a vacation and the libtards spew their hate and venom.

    Sure, the circumstances were weird. I'll be the first one to jump up and say this smells fishy. But to cast shame upon the man (Dutch), call him names (CHUCK, mw, A. Goodwin), is simply unjustified.

    June 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Once You Vote Black: PUMA where are you?

    White people are the only ones I know who get depressed and drop out of site when they are forced to take billions of government money. Score another one for Big Daddy O! This guy is toast. How can he ever run for POTUS if he has a tendency to just up and drop out of town? He does not have the temperment to to be anything other then a governor of a dirty little backwards state. Sorry SC.

    June 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Mr. America

    hmmm...I wonder if he's hiking the same wilderness trail that Elliot Spitzer enjoyed last year.

    June 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Shari, NY

    The whole thing seems fishy. How can you be a governor and suddenly disappear for a few days leaving no one to deputize especially during these trying times? How come his wife is also in the dark (so she says)? As an elected official it is incumbent upon one to disclose whereabouts while in office. He needs a complete medical check up (including pscychiatric evaluation).

    June 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. yuri

    Finally some semblance of sense has dawned on Sanford. Our assumption was that he was abducted by the extreme right wing gang, for a preliminary brain wash.

    June 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Rob

    Quit trying to make this into a big deal. His staff knew where he was the whole time. There was no issues going on so why does it matter. Typical libs making a big deal out of nothing. Go ahead spew your hate like you usually do.

    June 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Chooch

    I wish I could call him up and tell him to 'take another hike.'

    June 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. WhoCares?

    Another great example of "Family Values" from Conservatives.

    Nothing says love of family more than "needing" to be away from the kids on FATHER'S DAY!!.

    June 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. IndianaJim

    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.

    June 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    "Huh? I was only gone a few days, including Father's Day! What's the big deal that I didn't tell anyone, including my wife? Sheesh you guys!Can't a Governor go on a long walk without telling everybody?"

    This dude is clueless.

    June 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Claudia in Houson

    You better believe this isn't the end of this story. Sanford's going to have to come clean about his whereabouts because someone will expose the truth.

    June 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Island girl

    We are all human and some people need to get away from it all at some point. However when you are a politicl representative, you should delegate your work to someone else while you take time out. The very fact that he figures that his disappearance was no big deal shows that he is in need of care ASAP. Obviously SC survived without him, so what does that tell you?

    June 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Sanford Bizarre and Unstable?

    This story is nothing more than an attempt by the liberal media to discredit a conservative Governor and a potential opponent to Obama in 2012.

    June 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    What, back so soon. How about taking off the rest of his term?

    I was hoping he and his "YaYa Sister" Lindsey Graham had gone to Iran to show how Americans ought to be involved in the protest.

    June 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Marilyn

    Good grief, the guy went hiking. What is the big deal???? And why is the Lt. Gov. whining about what would happen if there was a state emergency of some kind? Isn't that the Lt. Gov's job - to take over in an emergency if the governor is not available? Did no one explain this to him when he took office? The media needs to just simmer down over this one.

    June 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. MEL IN florida

    Sanford: Take a hike, but for good!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. sunshine

    Not interested in his "trip"...interested in his disappearance which is exactly what it is when a public servant, especially a governor "disappears" whithout a trace. If he does not understand his responsiblities to the people of S.C maybe he should resign. He's governor, not king of S.C. Can't help but wonder what he was really doing.

    June 23, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Patrick, Mass.

    Hope no one forgets this in 2012. A CEO simply does not go off the radar without delegating authority. The guy is irresponsible.

    June 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. d-dub

    WOW He didn't tell his wife and kids where he is going? And disappeared for fathers day? Iam confused i thought the GOP was all about family values, or is that what they say only around election time

    June 23, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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