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The Collective
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
By Steven L. Taylor

Via The State: Sanford met in Atlanta after returning from South America

Sanford, in an exclusive interview with The State, said he decided at the last minute to go to the South American country to recharge after a difficult legislative session in which he battled with lawmakers over how to spend federal stimulus money.

Sanford said he had considered hiking on the Appalachian Trail, an activity he said he has enjoyed since he was a high school student.

“But I said ‘no’ I wanted to do something exotic,” Sanford said “… It’s a great city.”

I have no problem if a governor or other public official wants a vacation. If his family is okay with the notion of him going off by himself without contact, that’s their business, although I personally find that odd.

However, if one holds an office of public trust, especially a chief executive position, then one should make arrangements for one’s absence, even if it is done in a way as to avoid media attention. To do otherwise strikes me as irresponsible.

If anything, this has to be one of the oddest political tales of recent memory.

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2 Responses to “Not the Appalachian Trail-Instead, Buenos Aires!”

  1. James H Says:

    In the private sector, I expect that if the CEO of a middling to large-sized company took an unscheduled vacation like this, his board of directors would tell him he could stay away.

  2. Mark Sanford’s Excellent Adventure Says:

    [...] major public official to do that, in my mind, it disqualifies him for the job.”  I also echo Steven Taylor’s judgment that “I have no problem if a governor or other public official wants a [...]

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