Mark Sanford is running for President in the Republican primary against Donald Trump. He is best known for disappearing for six days while serving as Governor of South Carolina. He had told staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He didn’t return calls from staff, or check in with his family on Father’s Day.
It turns out he was in Argentina with a mistress he had met 8 years earlier, and with whom an intimate relationship began a year earlier. The revelation scuttled plans to run for President in 2012. He served out his term as governor, and ultimately retook the House seat he had previously held. He lost his seat in the 2018 Republican primary after being opposed by the President.
There’s one little known fact about the man and his six day disappearance that may help underscore his record as a fiscal conservative. He redeemed Delta SkyMiles for his famous trip to Argentina.
The Atlanta – Buenos Aires flight was historically a difficult booking to secure, though had become much easier in the midst of the Great Recession when this all played out.