By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
This story caught my eye today: The Governor of a major Eastern Seaboard State, a big name in American politics, has disappeared. His wife has no idea where he is. He has put the Lt. Governor in charge, and taken off. At some level, you have to admire that (or is that just a guy thing?) -- but mostly, I'm amazed. He is said to be off "writing" something, but its just unusual. Now...if you don't mind, I'm going to ask my boss who, exactly, my Lt. Governor is. Kidding. If no one around the Governor is concerned, I guess we shouldn't be.
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UPDATES from NBC News:
Frank Adams, a deputy director in the South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging, tells NBC News that Governor Mark Sanford's chief of staff called over to the Lt. Governor's office within the past hour to say that the Governor's chief of staff has been in touch with Gov. Sanford and that he is fine. He provided no additional information.
In a later email to NBC News, spokesman to Gov. Mark Sanford, Joel Sawyer, elaborated:
"The governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it's not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head. Obviously, that's going to be somewhat out of the question this time given the attention this particular absence has gotten. Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach. Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions."