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You say Appalachia, I say Argentina

There has been an intriguing story unfolding in South Carolina these past few days, as the state’s governor, Mark Sanford, was mysteriously missing. He has now reemerged into the public eye, but there is disagreement as to where he actually was for the past five days. His staff said he was hiking the Appalachian trail, while Sanford himself claims he was seeing the sights in Buenos Aires. The truth? Nobody really knows except Sanford, so we’ll have to take him at his word.

We have an original narrative biography on Sanford available in Biography Resource Center, written by one of our political subject matter experts. Once this all plays out, we will update it accordingly. Here’s an excerpt that gives a little insight into Sanford’s personality:

One of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress, Sanford ran his office so frugally that he sent at least a quarter-million dollars of his budget back to the U.S. Treasury every year. Flying back to South Carolina every weekend during Congressional sessions, Sanford also used his office as an apartment during his work week in Washington. The fact that he slept in his office added to Sanford’s image as a conscientious, if somewhat unconventional, lawmaker.

We also have 458 Argentine nationals listed, any one of whom he may have met on his trip.

UPDATE 4:12 PM: Sanford held a press conference earlier this afternoon to explain his whereabouts.

Source: “Mark Sanford.” Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 2002.

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Posted on: June 24, 2009, 12:10 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , ,

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