Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sanford emails: 'What in the world is going on?'

Messages from S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's communications director, Joel Sawyer, show how he downplayed Sanford's disappearance last month amid a flood of inquiries.

Sawyer's official explanation:

"The governor is hiking along the Appalaichan Trail. I apologize for taking so long to send this update and was waiting to see if a more definitive idea of what part of the Trail he was on before we did so."

Emails obtained by The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper also show Sawyer explained the media's interest on a "slow news day," along with other responses.

Click here to read his response to a quip about Sanford's Cheney-esque 'undisclosed location.'

Click here for his 'slow news day' explanation, part 1.

Click here for his 'slow news day' explanation, part 2.

Click here for his answer to an update on 'ridiculous rumours.'

- Doug Miller

12 comments:

Heather said...

Oh brother. This is so not news. Of course he was protective of the governor. He'd have been doing a pretty poor job if he hadn't been. Please spend some time on actual news.

Anonymous said...

Actually, this IS news....There was a coverup as to the Governor's whereabouts at the hightest levels of SC government. Just because the aid was saying what was in Sanford's best interest, doesn't make his lying about it OK/. The fact is Sanford was AWOL, left SC for 4 days without leadership and used State money for his personal sexcapade.

Anonymous said...

The sad fact is that Joel Sawyer, the reporters, the interns, the chief of staff, NO ONE knew where Sanford was. This is a breach of trust that should never be an issue within ANY GOV’s office. Sanford needs to resign so his boys can see their Dad do something honorable after this horrible, self indulging, mess. I cannot believe he has not had the decency to step down yet. Unbeliveable.

Anonymous said...

Sure the Governor has paid back the State money he spent visiting his mistress. Will other SC employees be given the opportunity to repay money they spent on their mistress when they get caught? Or, will they be prosecuted and sent to jail.

Anonymous said...

He left the state without 'leadership'? So what difference does it make where a governor goes when he says he will be 'gone for a few days'. The jealous spouse created this fiasco because she wanted to get 'even' with her husband she had already been separate from. Grown men and women can go away for the weekend. His leaving didn't cause the state hardship. The wife with a vengeance who created the media circus and humiliated the state caused more damage.

Anonymous said...

Where's the "LAW" that says every public official has to file a written report as to their exact whereabouts every hour of the day? Unless it's written in stone somewhere, did he actually do anything wrong?

I guess I could never be a public official. My day off, is MY DAY OFF! It's none of my assistant's business what I am doing.

Anonymous said...

Politicians are notorious for cover-ups...that is old news. What is absolutely amazing is the fact Sanford's affair was kept hush-hush for 12 months! You can bet Sawyer knew...the real question here is ethics.

Anonymous said...

Mark Sanford the chickenhawk is even more offensive than Sanford the liar, Sanford the hypocrite, Sanford the self-righteous, Sanford the adulterer, Sanford the absentee father, Sanford the indifferent, Sanford the arrogant and the "Let them eat cake" Sanford.

Sanford the chickenhawk is the guy who was a cheerleader for the war in Iraq, who delayed completion of his National Guard Service training far beyond usually allowed limits, in-order to remain ineligable to be called-up for service to Iraq.

Sanford the chickenhawk is the manipulative coward who used his extensive and deep Bush/Cheney/McCain/Graham connections to get plucked out of his orginal platoon and placed into a different one...one designated for "domestic service only".

Sanford the chickenhawk is the guy who stood by a month later and breathed a sigh of great relief, as 1/3 of his original platoon was shipped off to Iraq.

Chickenhawk Mark Sanford is the real Sanford.

Anonymous said...

Mark Sanford the chickenhawk is even more offensive than Sanford the liar, Sanford the hypocrite, Sanford the self-righteous, Sanford the adulterer, Sanford the absentee father, Sanford the indifferent, Sanford the arrogant and the "Let them eat cake" Sanford.

Sanford the chickenhawk is the guy who was a cheerleader for the war in Iraq, who delayed completion of his National Guard Service training far beyond usually allowed limits, in-order to remain ineligable to be called-up for service to Iraq.

Sanford the chickenhawk is the manipulative coward who used his extensive and deep Bush/Cheney/McCain/Graham connections to get plucked out of his orginal platoon and placed into a different one...one designated for "domestic service only".

Sanford the chickenhawk is the guy who stood by a month later and breathed a sigh of great relief, as 1/3 of his original platoon was shipped off to Iraq.

Chickenhawk Mark Sanford is the real Sanford.

SC Citizen said...

To 2:38 pm Anonymous:
What is "unbeliveable" is your utter incapacity to spell...

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