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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford missing since Thursday!

 
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UPDATE #6: Sanford hiking, not missing

Appalachian trail and taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the stimulus battle and the last legislative session. Joel Sawyer also says that before leaving last week, Sanford let staff know his whereabouts and that he’d be difficult to reach. Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions.

Sanford’s wife, Jenny, told the Associated Press her husband has been gone for several days and she doesn’t know where he was, but he was not concerned. She also told the Associated Press that Sanford did not contact her or their children on Father’s Day.
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LOL, uh-oh. any wife who takes the time to say, to a reporter, "that Sanford did not contact her or their children on Father’s Day" is PISSED!

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he is smokin crack in a cheesy motel naked with 2 black crack whores.
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Looks like he's at some vacation getaway. While it was irresponsible of him to not leave someone in charge and not notify anyone of his absence, he also has the right to be left alone. I suppose it was possible for him to be abducted by the super secret shadow government, but the odds of that happening were still pretty low.

Doom Canceled.

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Ok wtf..


"Jennifer Evans died “unexpectedly” during a family trip to the mountains." NC

"The governor is hiking along the Appalachian Trail."


Did Sanford kill Evans!!!@>>>????
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I'm sure he is just visiting some military commanders in his state, and maybe some neighboring states there in the south. You know, taking some inventory...planning some standard exercises...like any normal governor would do when his state becomes occupied...
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Sanford is in Hilton Head with 5 hookers and eating low country shrimp boil. With grits.
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Looks like he's at some vacation getaway. While it was irresponsible of him to not leave someone in charge and not notify anyone of his absence, he also has the right to be left alone. I suppose it was possible for him to be abducted by the super secret shadow government, but the odds of that happening were still pretty low.

Doom Canceled.
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And crackling cornbread.
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[link to www.trails.com]

Appalachian trail doesn't hit Georgia.
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And a little shine.
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When Republican politicians get caught molesting young boys or distributing cocaine they deny everything and then check in to a country club-like rehabilitation center. Like GOP congressional child predator Mark Foley, South Carolina Treasurer/Giuliani state chairman Thomas Ravenel checked himself into the pricey, luxurious Sierra Tucson Center in Catalina, Arizona. Normal people would be thrown in jail but both of these are powerful southern politicians. Their only relationship to laws is making them, not being held accountable to them. This morning, rested and refreshed, 30 days after his coke bust, Ravenel makes his court debut. "Ravenel's attorneys entered a not guilty plea for the 44-year-old multimillionaire developer earlier this month. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute less than 500 grams of cocaine... If convicted, Ravenel faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine." No one thinks he will be.
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Ok wtf..


"Jennifer Evans died “unexpectedly” during a family trip to the mountains." NC

"The governor is hiking along the Appalachian Trail."


Did Sanford kill Evans!!!@>>>????
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blink
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He will be alright, long as he dont fall in the still.

Woot.
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1dunno1

I hope, and want to bet, that his cronies are reading this.
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FitsNews is "Sic" Willie [Will Folks] former aide to the Governor who maybe, kinda, got fired, or left the job when he admitted to driving a "free" red convertible from a local dealership, back early on after Sanford was elected.

Sic Willie knows all the insiders, and blogs really good "inside" jokes about the state's politicians.

Sic Willie is a good source to help put out a fire on our missing governor.

What is more interesting is recently Willie said keep watching his blog site, 'cause he was gonna have big news for us. Don't know if the governor gone missing is the news or not.




We Found Mark Sanford

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is on a hunting and fishing getaway with a few close friends, sources tell FITS.

The second-term Republican - whose absence turned into a national obsession earlier today - is at an undisclosed location in the continental U.S. with a group that has embarked on similar outdoor getaways in the past.

A specific location for Sanford’s party was provided to FITS, but we have been unable to independently confirm it at this point.

This same group of friends reportedly went dove hunting in Argentina at approximately this time last year, our sources say, and the secrecy surrounding their getaways is such that even the wives of the participants are unaware of their husbands’ locations.

Obviously, that would explain First Lady Jenny Sanford’s comments indicating that she did not know where her husband was.

Sanford’s office declined to comment on the trip, referring to their previous statements about the governor’s absence.

Developing …
[link to www.fitsnews.com]

fitsnews? sure it isnt the Onion? LOL jk
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so this was father's day week-end...he has kids, and went off by himself on a hunting/fishing trip? wonderful guy there...
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so this was father's day week-end...he has kids, and went off by himself on a hunting/fishing trip? wonderful guy there...
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yeah, if it was to a R&R clinic...or a working weekend...or something necessary to his work. But personal time away from his kids over Father's Day don't set well with me
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so this was father's day week-end...he has kids, and went off by himself on a hunting/fishing trip? wonderful guy there...

yeah, if it was to a R&R clinic...or a working weekend...or something necessary to his work. But personal time away from his kids over Father's Day don't set well with me
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And without even telling his wife? Huh-uh. This stinks.
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[link to www.trails.com]

Appalachian trail doesn't hit Georgia.
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What you mean is that the trail doesn't go through SC. It starts in Georgia. No matter in South Carolina we have hiking trails that connect to the Appalachian Trail.

But no matter, the Appalachian Trail thing is a joke, just like he's gone hunting is a joke.

The governor is out taking care of business and Jenny, his wife is "clued in" almost for certain.

Sanford refusing to take the Fed stimulus money was a big deal and not much publicity about it on a national level. tptb got a Supreme Court ruling saying it "had" to take it.

Could be, just maybe, he's unfindable until all the little local districts, and the state legislators salivating over the stimulus "free" money have to sign off on their budgets, and the stimulus isn't there, because he hasn't been in his office to accept the check.

Prolly, no one else has the right to endorse the check to the state's account.

Stay tuned ......
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He's not hunting animals to kill, or fish to catch.


so this was father's day week-end...he has kids, and went off by himself on a hunting/fishing trip? wonderful guy there...
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Remember this little diddy last year?

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Seems the mountains are a popular place for strategery. Not to mention any of my Pisano friends will remember a mountain meeting gone wrong a generation ago.
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Good find!
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Remember this little diddy last year?

[link to www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com]

Seems the mountains are a popular place for strategery. Not to mention any of my Pisano friends will remember a mountain meeting gone wrong a generation ago.
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hmmm...... popcorn
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June 14, 2009

.....you'll want to stay tuned over the next few days for an important announcement from our founding editor, Sic Willie.

Seriously, it doesn't matter whether your blog is about politics, pop culture, pets or perennials (or things that don't start with the letter `p') … you'll want to hear what Sic and friends are up to.

Like Wu Tang, we're about to "strike a match to the underground …"

[link to www.fitsnews.com]



FitsNews is "Sic" Willie [Will Folks] former aide to the Governor who maybe, kinda, got fired, or left the job when he admitted to driving a "free" red convertible from a local dealership, back early on after Sanford was elected.

Sic Willie knows all the insiders, and blogs really good "inside" jokes about the state's politicians.

Sic Willie is a good source to help put out a fire on our missing governor.

What is more interesting is recently Willie said keep watching his blog site, 'cause he was gonna have big news for us. Don't know if the governor gone missing is the news or not.






We Found Mark Sanford

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is on a hunting and fishing getaway with a few close friends, sources tell FITS.

The second-term Republican - whose absence turned into a national obsession earlier today - is at an undisclosed location in the continental U.S. with a group that has embarked on similar outdoor getaways in the past.

A specific location for Sanford’s party was provided to FITS, but we have been unable to independently confirm it at this point.

This same group of friends reportedly went dove hunting in Argentina at approximately this time last year, our sources say, and the secrecy surrounding their getaways is such that even the wives of the participants are unaware of their husbands’ locations.

Obviously, that would explain First Lady Jenny Sanford’s comments indicating that she did not know where her husband was.

Sanford’s office declined to comment on the trip, referring to their previous statements about the governor’s absence.

Developing …
[link to www.fitsnews.com]

fitsnews? sure it isnt the Onion? LOL jk

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Appalachian trail doesn't hit Georgia.



What you mean is that the trail doesn't go through SC. It starts in Georgia. No matter in South Carolina we have hiking trails that connect to the Appalachian Trail.

But no matter, the Appalachian Trail thing is a joke, just like he's gone hunting is a joke.

The governor is out taking care of business and Jenny, his wife is "clued in" almost for certain.

Sanford refusing to take the Fed stimulus money was a big deal and not much publicity about it on a national level. tptb got a Supreme Court ruling saying it "had" to take it.

Could be, just maybe, he's unfindable until all the little local districts, and the state legislators salivating over the stimulus "free" money have to sign off on their budgets, and the stimulus isn't there, because he hasn't been in his office to accept the check.

Prolly, no one else has the right to endorse the check to the state's account.

Now THAT'S an interesting (and plausible?) theory.

And if it's true, the guy's a freaking HERO!

He already did a wonderul, courageous thing by refusing the money, refusing to sign in on it after ordered by the courts....?

Dang! We NEED leaders like that!

Stay tuned ......
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Shit, he's with chaney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This just gets more and more interesting
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remember, he was the guy who opposed the stimulus and the court forced him to take the money

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Gov. Sanford not heard from since Thursday
The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford have been unknown to state officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is in charge of the executive office.

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, has been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation but who declined to be identified.

Sanford’s last known whereabouts were near Atlanta, where a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said.
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First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press today her husband has been gone for several days and she doesn't know where he is.

The governor’s personal and state phones have been turned off and he has not responded to phone and text message since Thursday, a source said.

Jenny Sanford said she was not concerned. She 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 is no indication that foul play is involved because Sanford occasionally makes trips without his security detail.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said he didn't know where Sanford is but said he had not been put in charge.

Knotts, a longtime Sanford critic, said he contacted SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd Saturday after he heard reports the governor could not be reached.

"Chief Lloyd confirmed that my information is legitimate," Knotts said in a statement released early in the afternoon. "He shared my concerns" about succession of power in Sanford’s absence, the Lexington Republican said.

"I was recently made aware that Governor Sanford has frequently been eluding SLED agents and disappearing at odd times," Knotts said.

"As the head of our state, in the unfortunate event of a state of emergency or homeland security situation, Governor Sanford should be available at all times to the chief of SLED," the senator said.

"If for any reason, including the unknown whereabouts of the governor, he is unable to perform the duties of his office, the constitution provides that the lieutenant governor assumes the position of governor.

"I want to know immediately ­ who is running the executive branch in the governor’s absence," Knotts said.
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Funny this is the first thing I thought of when I read the thread title.
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Remember just a few years ago, the Texas Democratic legislators went over the state line into Oklahoma and checked into a motel. This was so the "other side" could not get a quorum to call for a vote they needed on an issue. The legislators in OK were threatened with arrest, but no Texas authority had the right to go to Oklahoma and arrest them and force them back to Texas.

There was a brief mention in a recent news article that the governor had been "avoiding" SLED agents. Also, the state legislators had said they were going to force Sanford to take the stimulus money.

Noone has said anything about an arrest warrant against Sanford for refusing the fed money, so maybe SLED agents just wanted to ask a few questions. It was reported that getting into a SLED SUV was the last time Sanford was seen, but he is assigned a security detail.

New budget year for the state starts July 1st.

All this became news just this afternoon and not yet do we have media comments from some of our law breaker legislators. It's going to be funny to hear what they have to say about the disappearing governor. He might have the stimulus check in his pocket so they can't find it.






The governor is out taking care of business and Jenny, his wife is "clued in" almost for certain.

Sanford refusing to take the Fed stimulus money was a big deal and not much publicity about it on a national level. tptb got a Supreme Court ruling saying it "had" to take it.

Could be, just maybe, he's unfindable until all the little local districts, and the state legislators salivating over the stimulus "free" money have to sign off on their budgets, and the stimulus isn't there, because he hasn't been in his office to accept the check.

Prolly, no one else has the right to endorse the check to the state's account.

Now THAT'S an interesting (and plausible?) theory.

And if it's true, the guy's a freaking HERO!

He already did a wonderul, courageous thing by refusing the money, refusing to sign in on it after ordered by the courts....?

Dang! We NEED leaders like that!

Stay tuned ......

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Past my bedtime here in SC, but one more thought ....

Around the state, it has been understood that Sanford was high on the list as the Republican pick for President in 2012.
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In Monday's local paper, the Governor Mark Sanford has a guest column piece, which is a full c/p below.


"Guest columnist: Session shows need for restructuring

Mark Sanford
Monday, June 22, 2009

This year’s legislative session closed last Tuesday as the House and the Senate overrode my 10 vetoes. These overrides ranged from effectively taking away the governor’s control over the Ports Authority and giving it to the General Assembly, to a special tax break for developers who have unsold homes that leaves current homeowners to pick up more of the costs of local government.

As troublesome as these overrides might be, the largest issue of this legislative term was obviously the fight over the stimulus money.

In many ways the stimulus fight and the overrides had much more in common than meets the eye because a large part of that friction surrounding it all is a culmination of years of difference in opinion on where our state should go.

South Carolina’s governmental system is fundamentally broken from the standpoint of balance of power.

In my first year, the late Sen. Verne Smith came to me several times and said, “We want to make you the best governor South Carolina has ever known, but you’re making it impossible, because to do it you’ve got to do what we want you to do.” I trust that there was some tongue-in-cheek to what he said, but it strikes me that all too many truths are said in jest.

Until the late 1800s, our legislative body actually appointed the governor. In 1895, “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman put a new constitution in place.

It was based on the fear that a black man would be elected governor in Reconstruction South Carolina.

As a consequence, power from the governor’s office was diffused into the wind so that even if a black man were elected governor it wouldn’t matter, because he wouldn’t have any responsibility anyway. That is an insane model from which to run government in the 21st century.

Our political structure means we have a judicial system and Supreme Court appointed by the legislative body itself, and it’s that same structure that has a lot to do with why government in our state costs more than 130 percent of the U.S. average.

But where do we go from here? Law professor John Simpkins wrote a fascinating piece entitled, “Sanford vs. the stimulus. A moment of truth?” In it he argued that “If one is driving a horse and buggy, wishing that it were a Ferrari will not make it go 250 miles per hour. Gov. Sanford’s attempts to assert 21st century powers within the framework of a 19th century constitution are asking the document to do something it was never intended to do.”

Simpkins asserts our General Assembly has “outsized influence” in the governmental structure due to its sweeping constitutional authority, and that when one considers examples like judicial merit selection by the legislative body it means that there is no balance of powers in South Carolina. “The General Assembly reigns supreme because that is the way the constitution intends it to be,” said Simpkins, and if we don’t like it, then we should change it.

If there is any lasting good that comes out of this legislative session it would to me be in enough people awakening to the fact that our governmental system is indeed fundamentally flawed, and then doing something about it. That’s certainly my hope, but the choice with regard to action is yours."

[link to www.independentmail.com]

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