@ June 24, 2009

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has finally turned up after being missing for an entire week. Nobody knew where he was. Some of his staff speculated he might be in hiking the Appalachian Trail. His wife didn't know where he was, only saying that she was unconcerned and he is "writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids." There were various unconfirmed (and, ultimately, inaccurate) reports of him traveling to Minnesota, Colorado, and Atlanta. So, where in the world was Governor Sanford?

Beunos Aires, baby!

It turns out South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who went missing last week with no explanation of his location, was on a seven-day excursion to Buenos Aires, Argentina, according to The State newspaper. The Republican governor, whose name has been floated as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, said he needed a break after a long legislative session and embarked on a last-minute trip to the South American country.

"I wanted to do something exotic," Sanford told the newspaper. "...It's a great city."

Sanford, who left on Thursday, cut the trip short due to the media attention on his disappearance, the newspaper reported. His wife initially told the AP that she didn't know where her husband was but that she wasn't worried, and his staff told reporters on Tuesday that he had gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

So now we have the where, but if you believe his why, then I have some stimulus money turned down by the State of South Carolina to give you.

Needed his space? Wanted to do something exotic? PUH-LEAZE. There is no chance that Governor Sanford was doing anything other than getting himself balls deep in some fine Argentinian women.

I don't necessarily have a problem with this. If his wife wants to believe he was off writing (dipping his quill in some Argentinian ink) then who am I to argue? Hey, maybe they even have an understanding about his doing of things that are exotic. I'm just slightly puzzled that I haven't heard more speculation like this.

Is this the first time Sanford has disappeared like this? Maybe since he was governor, but this interview on The Colbert Report would indicate that his predilection for "alone time" is nothing new.

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Woah woah woah:

"There is no chance that Governor Sanford was doing anything other than getting himself balls deep in some fine Argentinian women. "

How could you discount the equally likely possibility of him getting himself balls deep in some fine Argentinian men (or vice versa)? He is a Republican politician, which is rapidly becoming a euphamism in itself.

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