Seven days without being governor makes one weak…and stupid. You might be a really bad governor, and a really bad boss, if no one in your state knows where you are. “I wanted to do something exotic,” is what South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford reportedly said upon returning from his mysterious trip to Argentina. If by exotic Sanford meant stupid, then he certainly succeeded.
After losing a legislative battle over stimulus money, Sanford simply disappeared. He apparently even skipped out on Father’s day without notifying his wife. His staff wasn’t too sure where he was either. They told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian Trail – never mentioning, or maybe not knowing, that he had in fact taken a hike alright, all the way to Argentina.
Everyone needs a little alone time, some R&R if you will. R&R is a problem though when you’re the governor, you don’t tell a soul where you’re going and your staff can’t give the press straight answers. As the leader of a state and a politician who harbors greater political aspirations, Sanford’s dropping out of sight unannounced and unexplained has some questioning his ability to govern under duress. If he does run for the office of the president in 2012, as some in his party had suggested he do (prior to his ‘how Stella got her groove back’ move), what will he do when North Korea’s or Iran’s leadership hurt his feelings? I’m not sure I want to adopt a wait and see attitude for that one. Do you?
Read the full, bizarre account of the governor’s disappearance here.
Update: From the ‘this comes as a surprise to no one files’ the governor admits to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. As we suggested above, he really did try to get his groove back. He’s very sorry, and he even shed some tears at his press conference to prove it. His wife, in a rare display of politician’s wife honesty,was not present at the press conference. Good for her. Read more about the tear stained admission here.