S.C. political ad: 'Sugar, would you give me one more chance?'
February 26th, 2013
08:54 AM ET
1 year ago

S.C. political ad: 'Sugar, would you give me one more chance?'

(CNN) – Republican candidate Teddy Turner, son of CNN founder Ted Turner, took to parody in his latest television ad, urging voters against choosing a "career politician" for the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

In the 30-second television spot, a smarmy actor looks directly into the camera as he holds a glass of wine and pleads with a smug smile for the viewer to take him back.

"I know I've spent too much but what's a few trillion? It was all for you," he says, as romantic music plays in the background and a fireplace burns behind him. "But I've changed I'll keep my promises this time. It'll be different."

He then leans forward, intently: "I'm sorry for all the mistakes I've made. Sugar, would you give me one more chance?"

The ad then breaks with an interruption from the narrator.

"Break up with career politicians," she says, as images of some of the other candidates appear on screen. "The right guy: Teddy Turner. Conservative Republican. Economics teacher. Not a politician."

Turner, a high school economics teacher, took a swing at the idea of a "career politician" in his last TV ad, as well. The attack is targeted against former Gov. Mark Sanford and other candidates in the crowded GOP primary who serve as current and former state lawmakers.

The congressional seat became vacant after Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Republican Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint in the Senate. DeMint resigned at the end of 2012 to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

The line in the spot about "mistakes" appeared to be a knock at Sanford's controversial–and recent–past in which he admitted to an extramarital affair in 2009, then filed for divorce a year later before finishing out his time in office in 2011.

Now Sanford, who represented the same district in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming governor, is back in politics and hoping to reclaim the congressional seat he once held. Since entering the Republican contest, Sanford has sought redemption and frequently acknowledges his mistakes.

But his opponents have made him the core subject of their attacks, both in subtle tones and in full-out attack mode.

State Sen. Larry Grooms also released a new ad this week. The lawmaker looks into the camera and says "all the candidates are talking about the same issues we've heard before."

"Yes, I'm a pro-life, Christian conservative who knows D.C. spends too much," he continued. "But I'm in this race because I'm worried, worried for our families."

Grooms Friday landed the endorsements of Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan, two conservative Republican congressmen from the Palmetto State who were elected to the House alongside Scott in 2010.

Less than a month away, more than a dozen candidates will face off in the GOP primary on March 19.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Blue Dog

    So, let me get this straight. A republican son of so-called "liberal media" boss?

    February 26, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The ad will probably resonante loudly within the right wing vacuum. Somebody behind the obviously understand conservatives, perhaps better than they understand themselves.

    February 26, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Aaaaah, SC, Amurika's romper room.

    February 26, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "The ad will probably resonante loudly within the right wing vacuum.'

    Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum. They communicate through hivemind signals transmitted via tinfoil hat.

    February 26, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. PatheticCNN

    This is the left dominated media. Anything to distract from Obama's massive failure as president.

    February 26, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Name lynn

    A republican clown hes sound an look like bozo the unknown clown. The ad is saying thats the way the republicans sounds an look like.

    February 26, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Larry L

    Sanford got caught, found Jesus, and says he's sorry with big, sad eyes – blah, blah, blah... That's straight out of the Republican Play Book. But didn't he break the law in the way he handled his funds? Why is that not the subject?

    February 26, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Sniffet observed:

    Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum. They communicate through hivemind signals transmitted via tinfoil hat.
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    Yeah, I know. I was playing with words, hyupocrisy, and irony again.

    February 26, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Sniffet observed:

    Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum. They communicate through hivemind signals transmitted via tinfoil hat.
    ------–
    Yeah, I know. I was playing with words, hyupocrisy, and irony again."

    Hypocrisy and irony also do not travel in a vacuum, which is why the GOP/Teatrolls are entirely oblivious to the overabundance of both in their behavior and words. Haha...this is fun...

    February 26, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    PatheticCNN

    This is the left dominated media.
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    HAHAHAHAHA ... oh my ... gasp ..... [ choke, snort, gurgle ] .... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    /sarcasm

    February 26, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |