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.

Filed under: Mark Sanford
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Too True For You

    First, it's great he is safe.
    Second, it really was so stupid for an experienced politician to leave without telling anyone that it borders on the unbelievable.
    Third, In fact, it is unbelievable. Does anyone leave for four days without telling their spouse? Does anyone take several days off from work without telling your boss or co-workers? Does any experienced high profile politician do this kind of thing? The answer to each is "No".
    So, what was he doing that we weren't supposed to see? If he were a democrat, Fox would be offering dozens of lurid explanations by now, ranging from KKK meetings to secret liasons with Sasquatchs.

    June 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Karl in Charleston,SC

    I guess none of the negative posters here have never taken a vacation. At least he didn't take a million dollar date to Broadway at the taxpayers expense!

    June 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. walters

    He goes where he pleases and do not bother to tell his wife when to expect him, that is weird. Probably that is his form of being dominant over his wife and hiding (affair) something that is.

    June 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    To barbara who said:
    barbara June 23rd, 2009 11:31 am ET

    Why is this considered strange? I would challenge everyone to dare say that they have never done this or even considered doing this

    People call in sick, or take vacation time. But no Barbara no one I know can just up and walk away from their job for days at a time without informing someone first. It just isn't done Barb, unless, possibly, if you own the shop. Does he own the state?

    I wasn't going to address your comment, but then you went into the whole republiklan-democratic thing, and next thing I knew.....

    June 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. KLK

    I hope he wasn't seriously considering the presidency.

    June 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Jim

    I don't fault the guy for wanting time to himself, but I think its odd that his office claimed to know where he was when his wife claimed she didn't. What's up with that?

    June 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Looking at the picture, even Gov. Patterson is looking/listening at Gov. Sanford as if he doesn't have all his marbles.

    June 23, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Morgan

    It boggles my mind that this isn't getting more news coverage. Who cares who brought this to the media's attention? Who cares if he is a Republican or a Democrat? The bottom-line is that this is an elected official disappearing from his job and family! His wife didn't know where he was and he missed Father's Day with his four sons. This is news because this is a guy people keep talking about as a potential candidate for President. It makes me wonder if he gets stressed as President if he will just ditch us and not tell anyone again.

    If he had gone and let people know who was in charge and how he can be reache than that is perfectly acceptable. He deserve some vacation and privacy. He just has to be responsible about how things operate while he is gone and communicate with all parties.

    June 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Will - Minneapolis, MN

    I don't understand the comments that this isn't a big deal.

    He's an elected official. If he can't handle the job he shouldn't have it.

    And he decided to return to work, not because it's his job but "given the circumstances and the attention this has garnered." What?

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

    I hope he gave his presidential aspirations a kiss good bye when he fled. Running away without keeping in touch is something that a 19 year old fry cook at Dennys would do, but a governor? It's unacceptable. Would he as president, when the going gets tough, run away again? Immaturity, incompetence and irresponsibility were on display with his escape.

    June 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Mr. Moderate

    Boy what an alternate universe these politicians live in.

    I am a middle manager and to leave town for a few days requires notification of my staff and supervisors, contact information and messages on my phone and email. Missing any of these is grounds for diciplinary action.

    For the governor of a state to leave without notifying his family or lieutenant governor is irresponsible and negligent. No one is begruding him hard earned time off, but geez come on!

    June 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Demarcus Jackson from Columbia, TN

    Gov. Sanford's actions were selfish and disrespectful to the citizens and legal residents of South Carolina. Most average Americans can't just pick up and leave for four days without telling anyone. So, certainly a U.S. governor should not be allowed to do so. His reason is utterly ridiculous and I don't believe a word of it. I think he was up to something else.

    June 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    Love all these posters who don't think that this is a big deal and yet, when the POTUS takes his wife on a date or has a mini-vacation with his family or goes out for a burger wtih the V.P. raise holy hell! How many ways can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-a-c-y, folks??

    June 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Nana5

    Well, I know right off the bat that CNN WILL NOT HAVE POST THIS, but here goes. What is the problem with you dems????? Scared of a real politician????? Gov. Sanford has always looked after the people of SC. Just because he did not want this funny money – or so called stimulus – you all want to make him a bad guy. He probably needed a break to consider how to deal with all the idiot reps and senators who MADE him take this worthless money. Hope you dems really enjoy paying back all this "stimulus" money in a couple of years. Your taxes will be so high – he will be taxing tax money. Just wait and see. Then I'll be glad to pass the salt to go with your crow. Oh, nevermind – you all would NEVER ADMIT THAT YOU ARE WRONG, DEAD WRONG.

    JUST leave Sanford alone. I guarantee you that his wife and the necessary people knew full well where he was. If they had told the media, they would have been tagging along trying to find something wrong with every step he took. Well, done, Governor, you deserved the break and thank you for TRYING to help the people in SC who don't really understand the strings attached to the stimulus (or funny money). You tried – all those who went against you WILL BE VOTED OUT NEXT TIME. Got nerve to post to truth CNN??????

    June 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Katy

    If I take vacation, I have to provide who is my backup and phone in case of emergency to my manager. It is irresponsible for a Governor of a state to disappear like this. What if our President decides to take a "hike" like Govn of SC?

    I don't know why SC people tolerate this irresponsible Governor? that is a big question mark? ???

    June 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This incident shoudl disqualify him for running for POTUS. As much as I despised Bush and his numerous vacations, at least the people knew he was going to Crawford. How do miss FATHER'S DAY. Bad example to be setting if you want to running for the ighest office in the land.

    June 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. tom

    You're right, Barbara, Sanford does represent the average man and woman in America. Why, my neighbor and I are taking off a week without telling our employers and going for a hike. I know that's what the average man and woman in America is doing right now. Insightful of you to point that out!

    June 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. carrie , alabama

    For those of you who do not find this strange must be extremely self centered as Sanford is noted to be. Anyone who is not where they are suppose to be , is a cause of concern to family , friends and co workers. But throw in being a Governor make it more so . Not only is it very selfish but shows a personality trait I would not want in a leader.

    June 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. SCGirl

    It was a senator from SC that is NOT a fan of the governor that got this ball rolling.. Sanford had been in contact with people – staff and spouse. That is why THEY were not raising a red flag. If you read his wife's very casual replies to questions about him – it's pretty clear there was no cause for major concern.

    There are some crazy assumptions going on now – I guess everyone needs a hobbie.

    June 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Mark Dover, Delaware

    He was probably going up to the mountaintop to receive instructions from God to tell the the rest of us how to live our lives.

    June 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Eileen

    Rob June 23rd, 2009 11:07 am ET

    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.


    You're wrong Rob. Neither his staff nor his wife knew of his whereabouts – she publicly admitted as much. Now you're just making stuff up.

    Instead of assailing "libs" who have nothing to do with this, why aren't you supporting this fine display of responsibility and family values? Hate, nope, we just expect a level of responsibility from our governors – and running away without anyone knowing where you're going just isn't acceptable in that type of position.

    June 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

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

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

    June 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It sounds like he was pulling an Elliot Spitzer.

    June 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Randolph Carter

    I've got nothing against a guy taking a few days off to recharge the batteries. We all need that sometimes. It was, however, pretty irresponsible to not tell anyone where he was going. Have a nice day!

    June 23, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. James M. Holmes

    I find it total hypocracy for all the NeoCons on here to say this is no big deal... Really?

    Do you really expect us to belive that if say Ted Kennnedy just disappeared for a week, that you all wouldn't be on here coming up with crazy consperacy stories on what happened to him? That Rush and the others wouldn't accuse him of being involved with some shady stuff while he "disappeared"?

    There is more here that the media is reporting or have found out yet!

    June 23, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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