South Carolina Governor ‘Took a Hike’

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Mark Sanford, the Republican South Carolina governor who had been missing and out of contact for five days, was just hiking along the Appalachian Trail, his office reported. He was out of contact and not responding to messages and texts, but he had not passed on power to his lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer (who was elected separately). It's not the first time Sanford has left without being in contact, nor the first time he's done so without a contingency plan; in 2003 he joined the Air Force Reserve and trained in Alabama for two weeks without handing any responsibility over to his No. 2. [State]