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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is missing; well sort of. The South Carolina Governor left the governorā€™s mansion on Thursday and hasnā€™t been seen or heard from until today. Only today did the Lt. Governorā€™s office say that Sanford had been reached.

South Carolina Governor Missing

Mark Sanford Missing?

Reports say that even Mark Sanfordā€™s wife doesnā€™t know exactly where the Governor is, at least thatā€™s her story and sheā€™s sticking to it. Sanford, a Republican in his second term, has been known to give his security detail the slip a time or two to seek peace and quiet. From the Hill:

“Gov. Sanford is taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the stimulus battle and the legislative session, and to work on a couple of projects that have fallen by the wayside,” the governor’s communications director said in a statement.

The South Carolina Governor left his mansion on Thursday in a law enforcement SUV and has been out of reach since. His cell phone has been off since a tower near Atlanta, GA last picked it up. Governor Sanford has not answered calls, emails or any other form of communication.

Jenny Sanford, the governorā€™s wife, said that he wanted some time away from the kids to finish writing something he had been working on and hadnā€™t had the time to finish. Sanford also said that he needed to recharge after the recent stimulus fight that had actually gone to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Sanford was one of a handful of Republican Governorā€™s who had wanted to refuse the federal stimulus funds, but he was forced to take the money by the State Supreme Court. Mark Sanford has a habit it seems of ā€œgoing undergroundā€ when he wants to take time off. Right now, this is just fodder for his political enemies of which he seemingly has plenty.

Mark Sanford may be a little unconventional at times, the South Carolina Governor missing on Fatherā€™s Day Weekend is proof of that; but heā€™s a true conservative leader. Right now there arenā€™t a lot of those around. Sanfordā€™s liberal enemies will certainly use this against him, while those who like him, well, it will only endear the Governor to them more.

Update: 6/23/2009

Here’s an interesting twist to the story over at Hot Air.

Update: 6/24/09

Mark Sanford, seemingly one of the bright spots in the Republican party is now just a political liability. Read more about his self inflicted mishap here. Ed Morrissey has more at Hot Air.

Mark Sanford on Glenn Beck

Photos: South Carolina Governor’s Office