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. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    The latest spin of Gov. Sanford's weird behavior is that he was hiking in the wilderness for several days, without having told his wife where he was going and without advising the Lt. Governor of his departure. Why? Because he didn't want to be disturbed while working on some writing. While hiking. But now we hear his wife allegedly knew where he was all along.

    And it took his staff four days to come up with this excuse for his unnannounced absence. That's their (latest) story and they're sticking to it.

    We wouldn't care, except that Sanford is on the very, very short list of possible Republican presidential candidates for 2012. A guy who wanders off under stress. This makes Gov. Palin look good.

    June 23, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. R in Maine

    Is there any evidence that this nutcase has been sober anytime in the last several weeks? Is there any evidence that he cares about his people? The state has gotten exactly what it deserves.

    June 23, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Joe Student

    Probably wasn't the best thing to leave without telling anyone, but the governor probably wanted to get away. The state is running a deficit and his decision about the stimulus money was overturned by teh court. I'd want to take a get away too

    Not condoning what he did or how he did, but it's time to remember when public life ends and personal life begins. .

    June 23, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    Jefferson from GA June 23rd, 2009 11:09 am ET

    Who cares about this when you have Obama in DC wrecking the economy and crashing trains into each other.

    Are you serious???!!!! Do you really believe that the crash of two commuter trains in DC is somehow Obama's fault??!!!! If so, you are unbelievably STUPID!!! And, by the way, incredibly inhumane to bring use this tragedy (9 people DIED, moron!) in your stupid comment!

    June 23, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Big Ed


    Calling someone names is simply unjustified. O.K., well what is "libatard"? How is that justified? Can't have it both ways!

    Everyone knows where President Obama is when he is out of the White House. He doesn't shirk his responsibilities to run off ito the hills, by himslf (dumb move) and not tell anyone (dumber move).

    Matt, put down the pipe!

    June 23, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Gary SC

    Perhaps he was up there burying all the Obama ballots that didn't get counted down here.

    June 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Joe

    I think its great! I mean, how many of us have ever wanted to just take off for a few days to "get away from it all?" I think that if you say the thought has never crossed your mind then you are a lier.

    I would love to be able to just get up and hit the AT for a few days to just clear my mind and then be ready to get back to the world after a brief trip into nature.

    I don't think its self centered, I think it takes guts to get away for a mental health day or days.

    Good for you Gov! Wish I could have joined you!

    June 23, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Maybe he was captured by hillbillies, like in the movie Deliverance. 🙂

    June 23, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Robert

    A Republican politician who is out to lunch. This is news?

    June 23, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. simp

    It's ok to take a few days off but this moron left and from my understanding didn't tell anyone. So I guess if this idiot ends up in the white house ( which i seriously doubt) he would just take off and no one will know where he is? clown

    June 23, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Diane

    There is no excuse for Governor Sanford's behavior. It was irresponsible and juvenile. Granted people like to get away from it all and just relax, but when you are the head of a state, you have a responsibility to millions of other people. If you want to take a trip, take one but make sure you are reachable. Governor Sanford should resign if he doesn't want to do his job. He is no different from anyone else. If I didn't show up and my employer could not reach me – I would be fired. It's time for South Carolina to fire their governor.

    June 23, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. girlymen love the GOP

    It takes time to bury all that bag money from big pharma and others.

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

    Nana5 – this has nothing to do with the stimulus money. It has to do with responsibility. The Governor's staff and spouse did NOT no where he was, they admitted that publicly. When you are the governor of a state, whether Democrat or Republic, you do not leave the state without letting someone know where you are and how to be reached. Would you still be employed if you took off from your job without letting you employer know? I don't think so.

    Also, if he is like most governors, they have a security detail. Even they did not know where he was. Sanford's behavior was unacceptable on every level.

    June 23, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom

    IS anyone failing for the obvious LIE? What husband would go off hiking, without telling HIS WIFE, where he was going?

    GOP=Lies, hate, fear and division.

    June 23, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!


    Your cute! You should go on youtube and cry into the camera and keep saying "Leave Sanford alone! Leave him ALONE!!!".

    Then we don't have to see any more of your posts defending your son.

    June 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Angie in PA

    WHO CARES? He dosent care about the people in SC!

    June 23, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Tom Swift - Shopton NY

    I sure hope they are docking his pay.


    June 23, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    What "family values" man would just leave and not even let his wife know about it much less the people of an entire state who are paying his salary? Weird, odd, and slightly creepy.

    June 23, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!

    Let me ask you barbara; would you go on vacation on mother's day and leave behind your husband and kids because you wanted some alone time?

    Go ahead and say yes and read it back to yourself. Then you can see how selfish that looks.

    June 23, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Allan

    Most companies have a provision in their handbooks that state if an employee fails to report for work for some period of time, often three days, without notifying his/her supervisor of the reason for the absence, they are considered to have abandoned their jobs and it is treated as a resignation.

    Congratulations, Lt. Governor on your promotion.

    June 23, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. fred

    The guy goes for a hike...big deal. If I'm not mistaken, Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton didn't always know where there husbands were either....

    June 23, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. dee

    Sanford leaving in a government vehicle makes this trip a concern for the people of South Carolina. Can any one just request a government vehicle and just go without someone knowing? Who is he meeting with David Dukes, we can come up with any scenario we want to because he is a governer of a state. He didn't bother to tell the people he was borrowing our vehicle.(tax payers) Or should we look for some information coming out like came out on Thomas Ravenel??? People lets be serious this is not a Dem or GOP issue, this is a serious issue for the people of SC when our governor can disappear in a government vehicle and the people does not know why?? Is this transparency of the government. Maybe this is why SC has such large deficit>>>>>>

    June 23, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Obama 2.0

    Happy Fathers day Sanford! Hope you got your little writing in.

    June 23, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. nom deplume, esq.

    In the interest of fairness, the next time the One goes on vacation, we wlll have to trash him for it. First the libs trash him for going away without getting their permission first, then they trash him simply for having gone away. Well, it seems we will never agree on anything again, or even to be civil. You want to take all I have earned and gag me for complaining, and I want you to get a job, or at least get your hands out of my pockets. High time we got off these boards and have it out IRL, for good and all. Time for another Greensboro.

    June 23, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. nom deplume, esq.

    Deiter the lib,

    Who says his wife didn't know? If you were his wife, would you tell the liberal press? I wouldn't. See, we have some rights to privacy over here, but being european, that's an alien concept to you.

    June 23, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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