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 governorís 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.
Sanfordís last known whereabouts were near Atlanta, where a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said.
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 governorís 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 governorís 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 Sanfordís 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 governorís absence," Knotts said.