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June 23rd, 2009
01:16 PM ET

Searching for a governor

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/23/art.mattingly.governor.jpg caption="David Mattingly stands at the end of the driveway to Gov. Sanford's beach house. Nobody is home."]

David Mattingly | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Like most people in South Carolina today I'm looking for the Governor.

His staff says Governor Mark Sanford left the state to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail. State officials say he went alone. No Security, no family.

He didn't even tell his wife where he was going. That was Thursday.

Today I went to the Sanford family's house on Sullivan's Island and knocked on the door. I wanted to know if Mrs. Sanford had heard from her husband.

No surprises here...no one was home except a big happy lab running around in the yard. Heading back to Columbia now where the Governor is supposed to be back at work tomorrow.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jack Malone

    I wish all the news stations would give it a rest, Msnbc seem it be the
    worst at whinning about it , but you all are doing it. I will just about garuanty that the wife new where he was and just didn't want to tell the media. If he would have notified the media, he would have had tons of reportes with their heads up his wazoo on the whole trip.
    I would also bet in case of an emergancy he could have been reached. Plus it is called Fathers Day not kids Day, on that one day of the year in my family Dad gets to do what he wishes, because every other day of the year is kids day.Give it a break.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Why should he get away with this? He caused a panic in Washington, and disappeared for Father's Day without informing his wife and children. Its not about "giving it a rest", its about holding him responsible for a behavior that seems extremely suspicious. He is NOT a civilian, and his whereabouts are an important matter to everyone.

    They need to press charges. At the very least, they need to find him a large sum of money for the amount of money that the feds probably spent trying to find him.

    The disappearance of a federal official is NOT a small matter, especially when said official has been so actively trying to protest anything from the current administration.

    For all that anyone knew, he was kidnapped by nutbags and being tortured somewhere or he'd already been murdered.

    What is wrong with you insane Republicans that you are just blowing this off?

    June 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  3. Jim M

    Perhaps he's in Mayberry, North Carolina, that is. Gone Fish'n, or just truying to find the ideal way of life. Better than Blago from my home state of Illinois!

    June 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  4. Teresa, OH

    The oddest thing here is him not telling the old lady he was gonna be gone for days. Overnight, I could see. Two nights... I'm thinking he is being totally inconsiderate. Three nights... he has a love interest with him. Four nights? No, I would never imagine the hubby trekking thru the woods for relaxation. Nope. If he wanted to relax, he would have told someone where he was off to, so no one would bother to inquire about him. And the dude never answered his phone? If wifey wasn't concerned, this happens often and she's in on it.

    Doesnt make sense... and if it doesnt make sense.... it didnt happen the way someone wants you to think it did.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  5. jacqueline pitts

    The Governor, could not take the heat of losing his case in the courts.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    Geez, give it a rest. CNN you have different versions of this posted all over your board! Who cares, let the guy go for a hike, he's not the president, whom we wish would take a hike!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm |