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No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by SaulChanukah » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:11 pm

The poor guy was hiking!

Sanford is hiking, governor's office says

By JOHN O’CONNOR and CLIF LeBLANC

Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff said late Monday that the governor is hiking on the Appalachian Trail, ending four days during which staff and state officials said they had not heard from him. :lol:

Neither Sanford’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford since he left the mansion Thursday in a black Suburban SUV assigned to his security detail, said state Sen. Jake Knotts , R-Lexington, and three others familiar with the situation, but who declined to be identified.

Joel Sawyer, the governor’s spokesman would not disclose where on the trail the governor was hiking, nor would he reveal whether Sanford was hiking alone.



S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford

- File photo/The State
Link: Read about the Appalachian Trail

Sanford’s last known location was near Atlanta late last week. A mobile telephone tower there picked up a signal from his phone, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Since then, the governor’s state and personal phones had been turned off, and Sanford had not responded to phone or text messages, a source said. Most mobile phones cannot be tracked if they are turned off.

First lady Jenny Sanford said Monday her husband has been gone for several days over Father’s Day weekend and she did not know where.

She said she was not concerned.

“He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids,” Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press while vacationing with the couple’s four sons at their Sullivan’s Island beach house.

The two-term governor is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. This spring, Sanford became known nationally as the most outspoken governor who opposed federal stimulus money. That position won Sanford national attention until he lost a court battle.

Sawyer said Monday the governor told staffers late last week where he was going to be.

“Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he’d be difficult to reach,” Sawyer said in a interview with The State.

Sawyer would not say Monday whether Sanford is in the United States.

In an earlier statement Monday, Sanford’s office said: “Gov. Sanford is taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the stimulus battle and the legislative session, and to work on a couple of projects that have fallen by the wayside.

“We are not going to discuss the specifics of his travel arrangements or his security arrangements,” the statement said.

One official familiar with the situation said there was no indication Sanford had been harmed. He regularly makes trips without his security detail.

Sanford usually uses the Suburban, which is assigned to agents who transport him, the source said.

Knotts, a longtime Sanford critic, said he contacted SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd Saturday after he heard reports the governor could not be reached.

“Chief Lloyd confirmed that my information is legitimate,” said Knotts. “He shared my concerns” about succession of power.

“I was recently made aware that Governor Sanford has frequently been eluding SLED agents and disappearing at odd times,” Knotts said.

Lloyd could not be reached for comment late Monday.

On previous unescorted trips, Sanford has not been out of all contact - including with his own office - for this long, a source said.

The state’s chief executive should never be unreachable, Knotts said.

“As the head of our state, in the unfortunate event of a state of emergency or homeland security situation, Governor Sanford should be available at all times to the chief of SLED,” the senator said.

“I want to know immediately who is running the executive branch in the governor’s absence,” Knotts said.

In an interview later in the day, Sawyer said, “Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions.”

The S.C. Constitution says the lieutenant governor may act for the governor in an emergency.

The Constitution is silent on the lieutenant governor’s power in non-emergencies or whether the governor has the power to appoint a designee to act in his place.

The question of succession came up just after Sanford became governor in 2003.

He joined the Air Force Reserve and was sent to Alabama for two week’s training with his unit, the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, based in Charleston.

Sanford did not transfer power to Republican Lt. Gov Andre Bauer at the time, saying he would be in regular contact with his office.

Sanford said then he would transfer authority in writing to the lieutenant governor only if he were called to active duty.

Bauer said he was not contacted about Sanford’s current absence until Monday morning, when the governor’s office informed his office.

No one discussed a transfer of power to him, Bauer said.

Bob McAlister, chief of staff for the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, said it was not unusual for Campbell to get away from staff or even his security detail.

But Campbell never cut off contact completely, McAllister said.

If Campbell was on vacation or deep-sea fishing, often the press would not be told, McAllister said. But Campbell’s office tried to keep Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore, a Democrat, informed about Campbell’s schedule, particularly when he was traveling abroad.

“From a professional standpoint, this can’t happen,” McAlister said of Sanford’s absence. Residents and public officials need to know where the governor is, he added.

“It’s very disconcerting,” McAlister said.

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:47 am

I was about to call South Carolina to find out how they did it . . . :wink:
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:57 am

He called in. He's hiking the Appalachian Trail to clear his head after the legislative session. Maybe lick his wounds, too.
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:50 am

I think they're covering up an alien abduction. :)

New York's current snafu had an interesting twist in that the lt. governor by law takes charge whenever the governor is out of the state. This meant that if Paterson left the state, the next in line of succession (Paterson was the lt. gov. who succeeded Spitzer) is the head of the state senate, who happens to be one of the comic opera characters who defected to the Republican side. The latter is also claiming that he is then entitled to two senate votes: One for himself, and one as acting lt. gov. to break a tie. (I am not making any of this up.) A court has stepped in to nullify his ability to act as governor if Paterson leaves the state, but that can be appealed, so Paterson is sticking close to Albany, not that anyone can tell the difference.

Incidentally, I don't have any exact figures, but people die every year when they've gone off on a solo hiking trip without leaving behind sufficient information about their intentions.

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by keaggy220 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:01 am

Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:14 am

keaggy220 wrote:Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
So, you like Joe Biden, then? Or maybe you hope he would go too, so Nancy Pelosi could be president? Again, as I said in a thread on the Iraq War, gopers just don't think about the end game, one of many reasons they are unfit to govern.

What Gov. Sanford needs is one of those subcutaneous ID chips they give to dogs, except one that can be read by a satellite. :roll:
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Cyril Ignatius » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:16 pm

RebLem wrote:
keaggy220 wrote:Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
So, you like Joe Biden, then? Or maybe you hope he would go too, so Nancy Pelosi could be president? Again, as I said in a thread on the Iraq War, gopers just don't think about the end game, one of many reasons they are unfit to govern.

What Gov. Sanford needs is one of those subcutaneous ID chips they give to dogs, except one that can be read by a satellite. :roll:

I find it comforting that we still have people in power who WANT to get away, and people in power who don't have panic attacks at the thought of life without the constant buzz of cell phones Tvs and electronic gadgetry.

Having said that, it would be particularly nice to see Obama, Biden, Pelosi and most of congress spend a few years in a tent in a South American rainforest. Maybe keep Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana around to take care things while they're gone.
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Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:32 pm

Cyril Ignatius wrote:
RebLem wrote:
keaggy220 wrote:Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
So, you like Joe Biden, then? Or maybe you hope he would go too, so Nancy Pelosi could be president? Again, as I said in a thread on the Iraq War, gopers just don't think about the end game, one of many reasons they are unfit to govern.

What Gov. Sanford needs is one of those subcutaneous ID chips they give to dogs, except one that can be read by a satellite. :roll:
I find it comforting that we still have people in power who WANT to get away, and people in power who don't have panic attacks at the thought of life without the constant buzz of cell phones Tvs and electronic gadgetry.

Having said that, it would be particularly nice to see Obama, Biden, Pelosi and most of congress spend a few years in a tent in a South American rainforest. Maybe keep Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana around to take care things while they're gone.
Tell me, Cyril, you're such a family man, always espousing family values--what besides a panic attack would induce a man to abandon his wife and family on Father's Day weekend to go hiking the Appalachian Trail alone? Seems to me a panic attack is precisely the most likely explanation.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:14 pm

keaggy220 wrote:Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
Whenever Clinton was out of the country, I used to muse, "Do we have to let him back in?"
RebLem wrote: gopers just don't think about the end game, one of many reasons they are unfit to govern.
Maybe we do. One the one hand Biden is old school and does not have the clout that Obama does. Neither the media nor the public is starry-eyed over him. Coverage would be more rational as opposed to luv-struck. Policies would be vetted competently by the media, as opposed to the swooning blather you get now that passes for policy analysis. Neither the Republicans nor the public could not be accused of racism for opposing his policies. Life would be more tolerable. On the other hand . . . wait, there is no other hand.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Cyril Ignatius » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:34 pm

RebLem wrote:
Cyril Ignatius wrote:
RebLem wrote:
keaggy220 wrote:Now if we can figure out how to convince Obama to do this for four years....
So, you like Joe Biden, then? Or maybe you hope he would go too, so Nancy Pelosi could be president? Again, as I said in a thread on the Iraq War, gopers just don't think about the end game, one of many reasons they are unfit to govern.

What Gov. Sanford needs is one of those subcutaneous ID chips they give to dogs, except one that can be read by a satellite. :roll:
I find it comforting that we still have people in power who WANT to get away, and people in power who don't have panic attacks at the thought of life without the constant buzz of cell phones Tvs and electronic gadgetry.

Having said that, it would be particularly nice to see Obama, Biden, Pelosi and most of congress spend a few years in a tent in a South American rainforest. Maybe keep Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana around to take care things while they're gone.
Tell me, Cyril, you're such a family man, always espousing family values--what besides a panic attack would induce a man to abandon his wife and family on Father's Day weekend to go hiking the Appalachian Trail alone? Seems to me a panic attack is precisely the most likely explanation.
ME!!?? A FAMILY MAN!!?? You should have worked for Jay Leno! I am a family man to my two Siamese Cat "children". I'm almost as accomplished a family man a Henry Higgins - minus his lovely mansion at that. Has it ever occurred to you that the Governor's wife just might have - as a Father's day gift - sent him into the peaceful Blue Ridge wilderness after his tough legislative session? Maybe he's got a really nice wife who doesn't harpoon him every weekend to take her to Macy's to spend eleven thousand dollars.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:21 pm

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Hat tip to Rob for smelling a rat in this story of the disappearing governor. :D
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Post by RebLem » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:31 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Image

Hat tip to Rob for smelling a rat in this story of the disappearing governor. :D
I just got a red X in the pic, but I copied everything between the two img's and put it in the browser and took a look.

TY Corlyss, very gracious of you. I know I didn't say it at the time, but the Appalachian Trail story just didn't seem to look credible. There are folk on that trail all the time, especially this time of year. Somebody would have reported him, it seems to me. But I had no idea what the deal was, and was very surprised by what really happened. And I still don't quite understand it. Where did he meet her? It sounds, from the context, like it may have been online or something, but I want more details. I probably don't have a right to them, and I am not interested in salacious details, but one wonders how they met.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Bill_N » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:41 pm

I'm more interested in finding out how someone so mind-bogglingly stupid ever managed to get elected governor.

And yeah, I realize I've just provided an opening for all kinds of responses. :)

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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:51 pm

RebLem wrote:I just got a red X in the pic, but I copied everything between the two img's and put it in the browser and took a look.
:( I see the pic. I'm puzzled. I've been looking for a good graphic for HT. But I want people to see it, esp. the honoree, w/o having to go to that extra effort.
There are folk on that trail all the time, especially this time of year. Somebody would have reported him, it seems to me.


Have you hiked the trail? Coming from Virginia, I still have trouble thinking that the trail runs from Georgia to what? Maine? I caught myself thinking, "Why would Sanford come to Va. to hike?"
But I had no idea what the deal was, and was very surprised by what really happened. And I still don't quite understand it. Where did he meet her? It sounds, from the context, like it may have been online or something, but I want more details. I probably don't have a right to them, and I am not interested in salacious details, but one wonders how they met.
Me too. He's a public figure. He has no right to the kind of privacy required to conduct an extramarital affair.
Bill wrote: how someone so mind-bogglingly stupid ever managed to get elected governor.
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Post by RebLem » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:49 pm

After I went to that extra step, though, the picture now appears in the post in the thread without my having to do it again. Don't ask me why.

One possibility that does occur to me when somebody like this mysteriously disappears is, "Maybe he went to China to get an organ transplant courtesy of a poltical prisoner killed to order for the occasion," and he doesn't want us to know about it. Obviously, that didn't happen here, but its something that occurs to me sometimes.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:56 pm

RebLem wrote:One possibility that does occur to me when somebody like this mysteriously disappears is, "Maybe he went to China to get an organ transplant courtesy of a poltical prisoner killed to order for the occasion," and he doesn't want us to know about it. Obviously, that didn't happen here, but its something that occurs to me sometimes.
Well, if Steve Jobs goes missing for a few days, maybe that's where he is. :wink: It was announced today, after all that spin Apple and Jobs himself put on his jaundice and his thinness, that he has "end-stage liver disease." Hepititis comes readily to mind but no identification was provided.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:26 pm

She asked him to get out!

Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford

Published June 24, 2009

Editor’s note: S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford issued the following statement through the governor’s office hours after Gov. Mark Sanford’s news conference about an affair:


SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S MANSION
800 RICHLAND STREET
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29201

I would like to start by saying I love my husband and I believe I have put forth every effort possible to be the best wife I can be during our almost twenty years of marriage. As well, for the last fifteen years my husband has been fully engaged in public service to the citizens and taxpayers of this state and I have faithfully supported him in those efforts to the best of my ability. I have been and remain proud of his accomplishments and his service to this state.

I personally believe that the greatest legacy I will leave behind in this world is not the job I held on Wall Street, or the campaigns I managed for Mark, or the work I have done as First Lady or even the philanthropic activities in which I have been routinely engaged. Instead, the greatest legacy I will leave in this world is the character of the children I, or we, leave behind. It is for that reason that I deeply regret the recent actions of my husband Mark, and their potential damage to our children.

I believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity, dignity and importance of the institution of marriage. I believe that has been consistently reflected in my actions. When I found out about my husband’s infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage. We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.

This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week.

I believe enduring love is primarily a commitment and an act of will, and for a marriage to be successful, that commitment must be reciprocal. I believe Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage.

Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.

This is a very painful time for us and I would humbly request now that members of the media respect the privacy of my boys and me as we struggle together to continue on with our lives and as I seek the wisdom of Solomon, the strength and patience of Job and the grace of God in helping to heal my family.
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Post by Barry » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:37 pm

Quite a moving statement from Mrs. Sanford.
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Post by RebLem » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:18 pm

One question--
If you're going to spend five days crying, why do you need to go to Argentina to do it?
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Post by Cosima__J » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:54 pm

Jenny is certainly a class act!

Living as I do in Augusta, GA, which is right on the border with South Carolina, I have been following the Sanford story since it was first reported that he went missing. The whole thing made absolutely no sense until today when the news broke about the affair.

Someone asked how Sanford could be so mind-bogglingly stupid. Well, just look at all the intelligent men throughout history who have done the same thing. Being in the public eye seems not to present any barriers to infidelity. Being smart doesn't prevent it. Even being old, ugly or poor doesn't even prevent it. When that testosterone thing gets going, look out!

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:17 pm

Cosima__J wrote: Someone asked how Sanford could be so mind-bogglingly stupid. Well, just look at all the intelligent men throughout history who have done the same thing. Being in the public eye seems not to present any barriers to infidelity. Being smart doesn't prevent it. Even being old, ugly or poor doesn't even prevent it. When that testosterone thing gets going, look out!
Plus they say that power is the greatest aphrodisiac. That's why Richard Nixon is so to be admired for resisting all the beautiful women who threw themselves at him. :)

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Post by Cosima__J » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:07 pm

Thanks jbuck, you've just made my day!!!!! :D

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Post by Harold Tucker » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:26 pm

That is a great straight line jbuck, but I think I will let it pass this time.

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Post by IcedNote » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:26 pm

This story is all full of awesome. :mrgreen:

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:02 pm

RebLem wrote:One question--
If you're going to spend five days crying, why do you need to go to Argentina to do it?
Um, Don't Cry for Me (from) Argentina... :lol:

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Post by RebLem » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:42 am

Cosima__J wrote:Jenny is certainly a class act!

Living as I do in Augusta, GA, which is right on the border with South Carolina, I have been following the Sanford story since it was first reported that he went missing. The whole thing made absolutely no sense until today when the news broke about the affair.

Someone asked how Sanford could be so mind-bogglingly stupid. Well, just look at all the intelligent men throughout history who have done the same thing. Being in the public eye seems not to present any barriers to infidelity. Being smart doesn't prevent it. Even being old, ugly or poor doesn't even prevent it. When that testosterone thing gets going, look out!
Hell, not even been on Death Row keeps you from it. John Wayne Gacy got himself a girlfriend while he was on Death Row.

But it is not the affair which will permanently destroy any Sanford presidential ambitions. He may meet Pharoah Ikhnaton, Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, Muhammad, Martin Luther, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, Mohandas Ghandi, Aimee Semple McPherson, L Ron Hubbard, and Martin Luther King in a dream one night and be permanently transformed by their mutual love and understanding.

But Sanford copped to the fact that he is the type of person who likes occasionally "to be able to walk into a bar alone in a strange city, and drink a beer in a place where nobody knows who you are." That is a quality which has no moral dimension whatsoever. Lots of perfectly decent and thoroughly admirable people are like that. But no one who is like that is presidential material, because once you have become President of the United States, you just can't indulge that kind of need any more for the rest of your life.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Bill_N » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:25 am

When I referred to his mind-boggling stupidity, I wasn't talking about the infidelity; that's no huge surprise. I was talking about the fact that he apparently thought a state governor could disappear for a week and not have a lot of people asking questions.

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Post by IcedNote » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:43 pm

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:43 pm

When Gary Hart was caught out in his sexual peccardillos, me sainted mither quipped notably, "Thank God it was a woman!"

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Cosima__J » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:21 pm

The man MUST resign, not so much because of the sexual misconduct, but because of dereliction of duty. According to the news reports I've read, he left without telling anyone where he was going, how long he'd be gone, or appointing anyone to handle day to day matters in his absence. This is inexcusable. I expect him to be gone soon.

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:42 pm

Cosima__J wrote:The man MUST resign, not so much because of the sexual misconduct, but because of dereliction of duty. According to the news reports I've read, he left without telling anyone where he was going, how long he'd be gone, or appointing anyone to handle day to day matters in his absence. This is inexcusable. I expect him to be gone soon.
They interviewed some academic, an expert on South Carolina constitutional law (not that he would have the last say), who indicated that the governor hadn't done anything that would justify impeachment. I mean, if he were AWOL it would be one thing. If he were on his own leave time and had indicated in advance that he didn't want to be disturbed it would be another. As someone else pointed out, a governor can set his duties aside or delegate them temporarily for a vacation where a President cannot.

None of which changes the notion that common sense and decency might dictate an expeditious exit.

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Guitarist » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:05 pm

SaulChanukah wrote:The poor guy was hiking!
He must have gotten lost in the bush...

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:48 am

jbuck919 wrote: As someone else pointed out, a governor can set his duties aside or delegate them temporarily for a vacation where a President cannot.
The lieutenant gov. seemed not to have been delegated any powers in Sanford's absence.
None of which changes the notion that common sense and decency might dictate an expeditious exit.
Exactly. CW in Washington is that he won't survive till the end of July. Given his rep before the meltdown that sent him to Agrentina, I can't imagine his not stepping down voluntarily. I agree there's probably no chance of his being forced out by any political action. The Dems are no usually smart enough to let a Republican pol commit suicide peacefully. They are not anyone to throw stones because nobody holds them accountable for their sexual misconduct; indeed, the public expects if of Dems because they are so proud of their reputations for indifference to sexual mores. The only thing they can and probably will harp on is hypocrisy. I don't understand why the public falls for that old canard time and again: to be a politician is to be a master of hypocrisy. BFD.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:39 am

I heard something incredible the other day. The govvy's wife told him to leave. This means that the Governor's Mansion is no longer occupied by the Governor, and is now occupied soley by people who were never elected to anything.

Whaaaat the f***?

Meanwhile, it appears that Sanford's mistress is one Maria Belen Shapur (sometimes spelled Chapur) who lives with her husband and 2 children in a 14th floor apartment in Buenos Aires's Palermo district. She is an attractive woman with dark hair and an olive complexion, with prominent, Brooke Shieldsesque eyebrows. It seems there must be plenty of video tape of her about as she is a TV reporter, and in fact was in NYC on Sept 11, 2001 and reported on the Twin Towers attack on that day for her Argentine TV station, some of which can be seen here:

http://celebrity.rightpundits.com/?p=6187

Can anyone provide a translation? Theresa B? dulcinea?
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Post by keaggy220 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:58 am

Sanford's wife: 'His career is not a concern of mine'

(CNN) -- Jenny Sanford said Thursday that her husband Mark Sanford's political career is "not a concern of mine" and that she'd be just fine -- regardless of whether their marriage survives.

She would not speculate whether her husband would resign as South Carolina governor.

"His career is not a concern of mine," she told reporters as she departed the family's vacation home in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. "He's going to have to worry about that. I'm worried about my family and the character of my children."

She added that she would be fine, with or without her husband.

"I have great faith and great friends and great family. We have a good Lord in this world and I know that I'm going to be fine and not only will I survive, I'll thrive," she said.

"I don't know if he'll be with me, but I'm going to do my best to work on my marriage because I believe in marriage. I believe in raising good kids is the most important thing in the world," she said.

After disappearing from the public eye for nearly a week, Gov. Mark Sanford, 49, admitted to having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman.

He also admitted Wednesday that he had not hiked the Appalachian Trail during his absence -- as his staff had said earlier -- but had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jenny Sanford would not reveal whether she was headed back to the family's home in Columbia. "Right now we're taking it a day at a time. Right now we're going out on a boat." Watch more of Jenny Sanford's comments »

Gov. Sanford, leaving the family home in a different car, was in a far less talkative mood. "I'm going back to Columbia," he said.

The State, the Columbia-based newspaper that acquired what it said were e-mail exchanges between Sanford and the woman in Argentina, acknowledged Thursday that there would likely be people who would call for the governor's resignation.

"We are not ready to join them at this point," its editorial said.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/25/ ... index.html
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by SaulChanukah » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:23 am

Poor woman.

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Post by Donald Isler » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:30 am

RebLem wrote:

"I heard something incredible the other day. The govvy's wife told him to leave. This means that the Governor's Mansion is no longer occupied by the Governor, and is now occupied soley by people who were never elected to anything."


That happened in New York City around 10 years ago when Mayor Giuliani's wife threw him out of Gracie Mansion (the mayor's residence) because he was fooling around with the woman who is now his wife. He went to live in a nearby apartment with a gay couple who were friends of his.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:21 pm

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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:59 pm

June 30, 2009 04:35 PM |Boston Globe

More Sanford revelations, criticism

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor

With South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's latest admissions today that he saw his Argentine mistress several more times than previously disclosed, the state's attorney general said he has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to review all of Sanford's travel records to see if any laws have been broken.

And the S.C. Democratic Party released a web video interspersing TV talk show hosts and comics making fun of Sanford -- and fellow Republicans, including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, refusing to come to his defense.

"Governor Sanford's irresponsible conduct has made South Carolina into a national laughing stock, but his abuse of power is no laughing matter. When Americans think of South Carolina, we want them to think of our beautiful beaches and Southern hospitality, not lies and scandal," S.C. Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said in a statement. "After embarrassing South Carolinians for two weeks, Governor Sanford expected to be able to return to work with no questions asked. This latest admission from Mark Sanford is precisely the reason why we've pushed the Attorney General and Republican legislative leaders to investigate all of the Governor's activities related to his extramarital affair. South Carolinians need to know if Governor Sanford's reckless, irresponsible behavior constituted illegal behavior."

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanford said he met Maria Belen Chapur at what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair in January.

He also said he "crossed lines" with a handful of other women, though he never had sex with them.

During what the AP called an emotional interview, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he's trying to fall back in love with his wife. :shock: "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story," Sanford said. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/pol ... rd_re.html
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:15 pm

In the interview Robert Siegel conducted w/ the reporter who interviewed Sanford, you could almost see the crocodile tears of sympathy on Siegel's cheeks as he parced yet another Republican sex scandal. Sanford is completely discredited; his remaining on the job is evidence of stubborn denail for him, an open sore for Republicans. He appears not to have the sense to resign.
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Re: No contact with governor for 4 days

Post by RebLem » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:08 pm

Here's my suggestion for a theme song for Mrs. Sanford:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8_up5AvEEc

Some might prefer this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BuvUB- ... L&index=18

Or this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DRYOFSuWdM

I have been told that this one is circulating in South Carolina:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAFeLTch ... %20sanford
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