South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wasn’t know for much, until Mark Sanford disappeared this weekend. The South Carolina governor went away during the weekend, and Mark Sanford just came back today. Thanks to that, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford became a big talking point, at least when the news was taking a break from covering Iran and the recent Obama bills. But Gov. Mark Sanford is back in the Palmetto State, having had enough solitude in Argentina for now.
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford left his office on Thursday, and didn’t check back in with anyone, including his family, until yesterday. During the weekend, there were all kinds of wild rumors about where Mark Sanford had gone to, which made the story even more bizarre.
First, Mark Sanford was reported as having taken a break, after fighting a fierce battle over the stimulus package. Next, his wife alleged that Sanford was going off to “write something.” Soon after, Sanford’s office said he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, despite having gotten no word from him.
At last, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford decided to speak for himself, saying he went to Argentina. Indeed, he took the trip to rest after he failed to stop South Carolina from accepting the Obama stimulus money. He originally wanted to stay in Argentina for seven days, but had to come back after finding out about all the fuss back home.
Sanford reportedly decided to take this trip at the last minute, missing Fathers Day with his kids as a result. But he will hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. to fill in the rest.
These final answers should put a bizarre, quasi-news story to rest, as Sanford returns to office and a bit less media attention. He also returns just in time to stop South Carolina favorite son Stephen Colbert from taking his throne.
Sanford had been on Colbert’s “Better Know A District” segment in January 2008, a year and a half before he disappeared. There, Sanford talked about how much he liked his “solitude” even though it made it “masochistic” that he went into politics, according to Colbert. As such, he could only get some solitude by disappearing off the map for four days, as far as people knew.
While Sanford was gone, Colbert tried to crown himself Governor of South Carolina, with a crown that Sanford gave him from that interview. But Sanford is now back, and likely to give a little bit more notice the next time he tries to get his precious solitude back.
The State- “Sanford back from South America; press conference at 2 p.m.” www.thestate.com/politics/story/838823.html
McClatchy- “Where’s Sanford? The timeline up to now” www.mcclatchydc.com/314/story/70595.html
No Fact Zone- “Klassic Colbert: Gov. Mark Sanford likes solitude” www.nofactzone.net/