South Carolina Gov. Sanford Goes AWOL : The Two-Way Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina has given us a twist on the tired old line in politics and corporate America that so and so is leaving the public stage to "spend more time with his family." Sanford evidently has disappeared from public view be...
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South Carolina Gov. Sanford Goes AWOL

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina has given us a twist on the tired old line in politics and corporate America that so and so is leaving the public stage to "spend more time with his family." Sanford evidently has disappeared from public view because he wanted to spend less time with his.

April 3, 2009 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fields questions during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, file hide caption

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Here is the somewhat bizarre story being reported by the Associated Press this afternoon:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Where is South Carolina's governor?

The lieutenant governor doesn't know, and neither does a state senator who's a close confidante. Even his wife is in the dark.

Gov. Mark Sanford's unannounced absence from the state capitol perplexed some politicians Monday, and his staff wouldn't say where he was. His wife said she hadn't heard from him in several days-including Father's Day.

"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 three sons at their Sullivans Island beach house. She said she wasn't concerned about her husband, the state's two-term Republican chief executive.

Sanford, who's also chairman of the Republican Governors Association, earned a reputation as the nation's most vocal anti-bailout governor by refusing $700 million in federal stimulus
money for schools until he lost a court battle earlier this month.

His spokesman Joel Sawyer released a statement saying the governor was taking a break after losing the fight.

Sanford was thought to be interested in running for the Republican presidential nomination. But a disappearance like this doesn't square with that kind of ambition.

And not calling his family on Father's Day? This is one very strange story.

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