And the Oddest Political Story Award Goes To….

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The weirdest political story in a long time–sorry, Senator Craig. From The State newspaper in South Carolina:

The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford was unknown for nearly four days, and some state leaders question who was in charge of the executive office.

But Sanford’s office told the lieutenant governor’s office Monday afternoon that Sanford has been reached and he is fine, said Frank Adams, head of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s office on aging.

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion Thursday in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

Sanford’s last known whereabouts had been near Atlanta because a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said. His office now knows where he is, Adams said.

First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press earlier Monday her husband has been gone for several days and she did not know where.

She said she was not concerned.

Well, if the wife is not concerned….Talk about heading to an undisclosed location. You can come up with your own joke. The Note had a good crack on its Twitter feed: 

re Sanford – is there some kind of weird contest afoot for GOPers to hurt their own 2012 chances?

First Senator John Ensign, then Sanford. One can only imagine the hijinx planned by Bobby Jindal (another exorcism?), Mike Huckabee (a food binge?), Mitt Romney (a financial scam?), Sarah Palin (moose hunting out of season?), and Newt Gingrich (leaving wife No. 3?).

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