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COLUMBIA — Thirty-year lawman Sen. Jake Knotts said he got wind of news over the weekend that Gov. Mark Sanford had taken a SLED vehicle Thursday night and told his security detail to stand down.
“Ain’t nobody seen from him or heard from him since,” Knotts said this afternoon. Knotts is a West Columbia Republican and a retired law enforcement officer.
Knotts — who is regularly at odds with Sanford and frequently critical of him
Knotts said his interest is three-fold: He is concerned for Sanford’s safety, worried about the protection of the state should a hurricane or terrorist attack happen while the governor is on his own and apprehensive because Sanford never transferred his power to Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer before he left.
First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press her husband has been gone for several days and she doesn’t know where. She said she was not concerned. Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something.
The governor’s office did not provide many specifics.
“Governor 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,” press secretary Joel Sawyer said in a statement. “We are not going to discuss the specifics of his travel arrangements or his security arrangements.”
Knotts said the state’s chief executive should never be unreachable.
Sanford’s last known whereabouts had been near Atlanta because a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said. His office now knows where he is, Adams said.
The governor’s state and personal phones had been turned off and he had not responded to phone or text messages since at least the weekend, a source familiar with the situation said.
Even his wife, Jenny, said she did not know where he was, The Associated Press reported, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jenny Sanford said Monday she had not spoken with her husband for several days, including Father's Day. The Sanfords have four sons.
That's what South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has been doing since Thursday, when he reportedly left the governor's mansion in a black SUV owned by the State Law Enforcement Division, which handles his security detail.
"I found out that he was taking frequent trips at odd times of the night in a SLED car with no security," Knotts said. "He would be driving. I got wind that he had taken another one of these types of capers last Thursday, and that nobody knew who he was with.
"We've been concerned by the governor's erratic behavior for some time," Land said in a prepared statement. "We're praying for him and his family. I hope he is safe and that he contacts the first lady and his family soon."
The Republican governor left town on Thursday, his spokesman Joel Sawyer said, with plans to hike the trail, which passes through 14 states but not South Carolina. Sawyer said he didn't know where exactly Sanford was along the 2,200-mile route and declined to discuss if anyone was hiking with him. The governor was expected back later this week.
Jenny Sanford said the governor told her he needed time away from their children to write something.
Originally posted by GuyverUnit I
This story worries me.
These are not appropriate actions for a governor.
Something is not right.
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
Any update on this?
If you didn't believe the Appalachian Trail story, you were right, as the Sanford story turns even stranger: The State reports South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford now says he was in Buenos Aires, reason unclear: