Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Breaking News: Governor Found, Brain Still Missing

In what has to be the dumbest story I have ever had to report, Governor Sanford of South Carolina has been found:

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s staff said late Monday that the governor is hiking on the Appalachian Trail, ending four days during which staff and state officials said they had not heard from him.

Neither Sanford’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford since he left the mansion Thursday in a black Suburban SUV assigned to his security detail, said state Sen. Jake Knotts , R-Lexington, and three others familiar with the situation, but who declined to be identified.

Now, I am all for getting away from everyone and taking a vacation, but you cannot just disappear when you are the governor of the state. You have responsibilities, and if you do want a vacation, you have to let the people around you know so that, God Forbid something happens, someone can step in an execute your duties:

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,” said Knotts. “He shared my concerns” about succession of power.

“I was recently made aware that Governor Sanford has frequently been eluding SLED agents and disappearing at odd times,” Knotts said.