There are some politicians who can go missing for days and no one will notice.
That's not the case with Mark Sanford. The South Carolina governor, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has apparently been missing for four days, since Thursday. First lady Jenny Sanford told the Associated Press that she had no idea where he was.
The blogosphere doesn't know what to think. "Sanford goes missing," was the headline of Ben Smith's posting on Politico. Many other bloggers have posted similar alarms.
(Of course, not everyone is alarmed. Several people on the Hot Air blog had explanations. "James23" figured Sanford was "writing articles of secession." "WashJeff" points out that Illinois "did just fine without Blago showing up ... ahhhh nevermind. We were screwed if he did show up." And "lorien" writes, "To be fair, I've been stuck in Atlanta traffic for what seemed like 2 days as well.")
Anyway, apparently all is well. Reporters John O'Connor & Clif LeBlanc of The State, South Carolina's top newspaper, say that the governor has been "reportedly located":
Sanford's office told the lieutenant governor's office Monday afternoon that Sanford has been reached and he is fine, said Frank Adams, head of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's office on aging.
Neither the governor's office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion Thursday in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.
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.
Most mobile phones cannot be tracked if they are turned off.
Jenny Sanford said the governor said he needed time away from their children to write something.
The governor's office issued a statement Monday afternoon: "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."
One official familiar with the situation said there was no indication that foul play might have been involved because Sanford occasionally makes trips without his security detail.
On a related subject, the New York state Senate has been missing for several weeks.