Illustration from Flickr / CJ Sorg and South Carolina Governor's Office
South Carolina governor and anti-stimulus crusader Mark Sanford has vanished. Sanford gave his staff and security team the slip four days ago and managed to miss Father’s Day without alarming his wife, who also doesn’t know where he is. “He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids,” she explained to the Associated Press.
The State newspaper reported that neither the governor’s office nor SLED had been able to reach Sanford since he left the governor’s mansion in a black SLED SUV Thursday night.
The governor’s state and personal phones were turned off and he did not respond to phone or text messages, the State said.
Sanford’s office emailed NBC to say “it’s not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head.” They said he had let his staff know he’d be difficult to reach.