Mark Sanford surfaced today at the airport in Atlanta, and he told the State that he was actually in Buenos Aires, driving along the coast of Argentinia. He says he had originally planned on hiking the Appalachian Trail (where his staff thought he was), but then, he told the newspaper, “I said ‘no’ I wanted to do something exotic.” There’s something really wonderful about this, and I admire his sense of adventure. In general, I think it would be cool if more people did this sort of thing more often. With that said, I found this comment by Sanford pretty surprising: “I don’t know how this thing got blown out of proportion.” Huh? He’s a public figure who is governor of a state. He just got through a brutal legislative session that made him enemies of many if not most of the lawmakers in the state, and he also is at odds with his own Lt. Governor. I don’t know how he thought he could ditch his security detail, disappear, not tell anybody where he’s going, lead his wife and staff to give conflicting information on his whereabouts, and think it wouldn’t become a big deal. The side of me that loves travel and eccentric characters is thinking, “Awesome!” But the side of me that follows politics is wondering, “What was Sanford thinking”?
UPDATE: Needless to say, the affair changes everything. How disappointing. Not just the affair, but the fiasco, putting his staff in the position to lie to reporters. Unreal.