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Okay, seriously, you’re the governor of a state, did you think that NO ONE would notice you were missing?
As any one who reads this blog on a regular basis knows that I avoid discussing politics. It just isn’t my bag, and I have always felt it was the safer route in life. However, I think the situation with Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina isn’t so much about politics but about possibly the most ill-conceived extra marital affair ever.
You are the Governor of a state, you were in the possible running to be Vice-President in the 2008 election, you are considered a rising star in your political party… hey! I got an idea! Why don’t you lie to your staff, don’t tell your family where you’re going, and disappear to Argentina for five days to see your Mistress! This has to be the best idea ever!
While his staff had been telling the story for days that he was hiking in the Appalachian Trail for Father’s Day, however his Lt. Governor seemed confused, as did his wife, Jenny Sanford, as to exactly where he was, or what he was doing. It seems the man had just completely disappeared off the face of the Earth.
The State newspaper from South Carolina obtained two emails he sent to his Mistress, and one from her to him several months ago. While they had them, they weren’t 100% sure on how authentic they were, so they sat on them. Well, during Governor Sanford’s little… journey… they got a tip he was in Buenos Aries seeing the woman from the emails, and would be returning via the Atlanta airport today. (which means SOMEONE knew where he was… just no one that seemed to matter) The newspaper did the math and figured out what flight he should be on and sent a reporter to stake out the gate and… bingo, there he was. Since the pieces were adding up, they have now released the emails to the public and they are here for your convenience.
From Gov. Sanford,
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 12:24 a.m.
“One, tomorrow leave at 5 a.m. for New York and meetings. Will think about you on its streets and wish I was going to be there later in the month when you are there. Tomorrow night back to Philadelphia for the start of the National Governor’s Conference through the weekend. Back to Columbia for Tuesday and then on Wednesday, as I think I had told you, taking the family to China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand and then back through Hong Kong on world wind tour. Few days home then to Bahamas for 5 days on a friend’s boat for the last break of the summer. The following weekend have been asked to spend it out in Aspen, Colorado with McCain – which has kicked up the whole VP talk all over again in the press back home …
Two, mutual feelings …. You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light – but hey, that would be going into sexual details …
Three and finally, while all the things above are all too true – at the same time we are in a hopelessly – or as you put it impossible – or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes …
Lastly I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before – so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know… In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul.”
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8:14 p.m.
“As I told you I shouldn’t have done this trip but I would have felt worst if I wouldn’t have come because it was too over the date, he is a very nice guy, great heart … but unfortunately I am not in love with him … You are my love … something hard to believe even for myself as it’s also a kind of impossible love, not only because of distance but situation. Sometimes you don’t choose things, they just happen… I can’t redirect my feelings and I am very happy with mine towards you.”
From Gov. Sanford,
Tuesday, July 8, 1:42 a.m.
“Got back an hour ago to civilization and am now in Columbia after what was for me a glorious break from reality down at the farm. No phones ringing and tangible evidence of a day’s labors. Though I have started every day by 6 this morning woke at 4:30, I guess since my body knew it was the last day, and I went out and ran the excavator with lights until the sun came up. To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner running, the hum of a huge diesel engine in the back ground, the tranquillity that comes with being in a virtual wilderness of trees and marsh, the day breaking and vibrant pink coming alive in the morning clouds – and getting to build something with each scoop of dirt.”
Again, let me make this crystal clear, I couldn’t care less what political party this man belongs to, I don’t care about anything to do with his politics, heck, I don’t even really care the he had an affair, that is between he and his wife. What does anger me is that this is a fundamentally stupid man. Sure every Governor is entitled to vacations, no argument there, but to lie to your staff, to just disappear without anyone knowing when you are the man charged with being the head of your state? This is inexcusable and you must resign immediately as you are not fit to lead a Boy Scout troop let alone an entire state. What if there had been a natural disaster? What if some form of state wide emergency had happened? Did anyone even remotely know where he was to reach him and get his orders? The Lt. Governor wasn’t in power, it was Governor Sanford, and the people of his state didn’t know where was. Even for someone like me he owns a small business, which is nothing compared to running a state, but I am reachable 24/7/365 as that is my responsibility as the ultimate authority in the company… you know… like a Governor.
Basically, this man needs to resign for dereliction of duty. If you are an elected official, if you disappear, that’s it, you’re done. Good-bye.