The Mark Sanford quasi-disappearance story gets weirder:
Gov. Mark Sanford arrived in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning, having wrapped up a seven-day visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, he said. Sanford said he had not been hiking along the Appalachian Trail, as his staff said in a Tuesday statement to the media. [...] Sanford, in an exclusive interview with The State, said he decided at the last minute to go to the South American country to recharge after a difficult legislative session in which he battled with lawmakers over how to spend federal stimulus money. [...] When asked why his staff said he was on the Appalachian Trail, Sanford replied, “I don’t know.”
In fairness to Sanford, I took a flaky last-minute poorly-planned solo trip to Iceland (photos here) in the summer of 2005 so I don’t find it inconceivable that this is all on the level. That said, it’s obviously strange behavior for a governor. The larger issue with Sanford, however, continues be that “difficult legislative session” in which he decided to jeopardize the well-being of South Carolina’s students and unemployed workers in order to bolster his national cred with the hard right.