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What's the Best Explanation For Sanford's Disappearance?

What's the Best Explanation For Sanford's Disappearance?

Update: During his emotional press conference, Gov. Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

I've heard of guys up and disappearing before, but the story of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's disappearance takes it to a whole new level. This week, the governor's staff insisted that no one had heard from him since last Thursday because he was (nude?) hiking the Appalachian Trial. That story fell apart when a local newspaper found him last night at the Atlanta airport returning from Argentina, according to the governor.

On the one hand, I'm sure I'd want to just get away from the glaring public eye if I were a politician, too. But something seems fishy considering he left without telling his wife, kids, or, staff. I'm having trouble buying that he secretly went to Argentina all by himself just to relax. There are many strange details: his wife is not shy about being pissed, his cars were reportedly found at the Columbia, SC, airport and the Atlanta airport, and his staff has been lying about knowing his whereabouts.


Many theories are spinning in my head. Was the governor taking tango lessons? Dealing with an affair gone wrong? Having a nervous breakdown? Or just taking a little solo vacation . . . for a week . . . without telling anyone . . . when he's the governor of South Carolina?

While we wait for word from the governor (apparently he's having a press conference soon) let's indulge in some idle speculation. What you think best explains this strange story?

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wackydeli wackydeli 8 years
someone (a politician no less) cheating GASP! stop the fucking press.guess what? people cheat,dont get married!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm fairly sure SOMEBODY knew exactly where he was and what he was doing, they just chose not to share that info with the public - or the state Congress, or the Vice-Governor... You can't be a public figure like that and just LEAVE THE COUNTRY continuously on the d/l without people knowing. I think he paid them to cover it up until he stayed in Argentina too long and had to 'fess up to the media.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
I'm shocked that people don't find this newsworthy. He's the GOVERNOR of a state, and he just left and went to South America without telling anyone! I mean, seriously, he's supposed to be running the state. It's a good thing there wasn't any sort of emergency while he was gone, given that his own staff didn't know how to reach him!
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Something about stimulus money...let me see, they say He's a Populous. Then he got on a plane, singing don't cry for me Argentina...the Boy just might be crazy. Shout out to SC.
Another one. Amazing. What is it about politicians that makes them do this? Apparently, the public thinks nothing of it, because we keep voting them into office.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
So he had an affair. It's a big deal (because it's totally WRONG), but not - because he's a politician and it's not a new phenomenon. But why the eff would you up and LEAVE YOUR JOB to do it?! His butt is so FIRED - they need to call in Donald Trump to do it Apprentice-style!
MSucre MSucre 8 years
MSNBC is delusional... now that he's admitted it the pundits won't make fun of him?! Did they sleep through the Clinton administration?
MSucre MSucre 8 years
What the heck is MSNBC talking about? "He did the right thing..." "He came forward, he was a man..." Sorry, no dice! HE WAS CAUGHT!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I was going to say affair, and apparently he came out about it? Interesting. That is the only thing I could think of.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
Ah... does he think this press conference is couple's counseling!
Molly Molly 8 years
Oh man. I can't believe he actually DOES have a woman in Argentina. And he's talking about her as a "we".
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
OK — he's admitted an affair and is resigning as chair as Republic Gov. Association.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
oh jesus who cares.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
OK- He just mentioned "god laws" ... I'm thinking affair.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i thought what Molly thought - visiting his other family if his wife is so pissed maybe this has happened before...if yes, it will come out!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Mid-life crisis perhaps? I've had a quarter-life crisis, so I think I may identify. :)
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
I think he's dealing with some underhandedness. He's Republican (=anti Obama), and Obama has been trying to do peace talks in South America. Nothing like trying to make his administration fail by being a sneaky little prick. It would be a GOP dream come true. Just saying.
nancita nancita 8 years
Sudden and insatiable craving for empanadas. Hey, we've all had them.
Molly Molly 8 years
Maybe he wanted to take a page out of Usher's soon to be ex-wife Tameka's book and get some international plastic surgery? Orrrrr, if this were a soap opera he would totally have a secret family there who he was visiting. Clearly, I have too much time on my hands and spend FAR too much time thinking about gossip ;)
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