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'The State' Reveals E-Mails, Phone Calls at Time of Gov. Sanford's Disappearance

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'The State' Reveals E-Mails, Phone Calls at Time of Gov. Sanford's Disappearance

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While South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was out of contact during his visits to his Argentinian paramour last month, his chief of staff frantically tried to reach him and his communications director worked to minimize the fact that his aides couldn't reach him, newly unearthed documents reveal.

Through South Carolina's open record laws, The State in Columbia late Monday received nearly 600 pages of documents -- e-mails and phone call exchanges -- among the governor's staff members.

According to the report, Sanford's chief of staff Scott English called Sanford's state-issued cell phone 15 times during the governor's Argentinian sojourn. Sanford visited his lover in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 18-24. According to the paper, English received a call back from the Governor on June 23 from a different phone to say that he would be back the next day. A reporter from The State tracked down Sanford at 6 a.m the next morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Meanwhile, Sanford's Communications Director Joel Sawyer was dealing with a sea of e-mails inquiring about the governor's disappearance. Some e-mails, including one from Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, thought the whole story had been blown out of proportion. …

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