South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, if his name is in fact "South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford," is said to be returning to work today after a week in which he went missing, or "hiking," depending on how many of his spokesflunkies you believe.
End of story, except maybe not at all…
On Tuesday, sources told News 4's Nigel Robertson that a state vehicle is missing and was tracked down, not to the Appalachian Trail, but to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.
Sources told Robertson that a federal agent spotted Sanford in the airport boarding a plane. Robertson was told that the governor was not accompanied by security detail.
CNN notes that the abandoned vehicle seems to contain some of Sanford's stuff, and the Associated Press adds that Sanford has "long been known as a loner," which makes the guy sound more like a murderer than a 2012 GOP contender.
On the other hand, Dick Cheney did pretty well for himself in the Republican Party, so maybe Sanford has a shot (if you will!) after all.
***UPDATE, 8:55 AM***
Mark Sanford is back! And as it turns out he took a trip to Argentina, not the Appalachian Trail. A common mistake! What does rugged adventurer Indiana South Carolina Jones have to say for himself?
According to The State, Sanford thought about going hiking, but then decided he wanted to do something a little more "exotic," so, as any reasonable person would do, he disappeared to Buenos Aires. Governors! They're just like us…
Sanford said he has taken adventure trips for years to unwind. He has visited such places as the coast of Turkey, the Greek Isles and South America. He was with friends sometimes and sometimes by himself.
"I would get out of the bubble I am in," Sanford said.
So there you have it, Mark Sanford lives in a bubble and can only escape by taking fancy pleasure jaunts that, presumably, cost money, which Mark Sanford hates to spend. Hooray! Go go rich fiscal conservatives! Sanford/Romney '12!
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