In final stretch, Sanford fights to stay afloat in S.C.
April 23rd, 2013
09:12 AM ET
2 years ago

In final stretch, Sanford fights to stay afloat in S.C.

(CNN) – Republican Mark Sanford's bruised campaign is fighting to bounce back in the South Carolina special congressional race after having a few rough days last week.

The campaign released a new television ad Tuesday attacking Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch for accepting contributions from labor unions. The six-figure spot will run on broadcast and cable in the Savannah and Charleston markets, according to the campaign.

With the May 7 special election just weeks away, Sanford's team was dealt a blow last week when court documents revealed his ex-wife, Jenny, had filed complaints against Sanford for trespassing on her property. He's scheduled for a court appearance two days after the election.

Not long after the story broke, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced it was pulling out of the race-and national Democratic groups announced they were throwing more money into the contest for the 1st Congressional District, a longtime Republican stronghold. In fact, Sanford represented the same district in the House before being elected South Carolina governor in 2002.

In the new commercial, first reported by Politico, a narrator says Colbert Busch is "fighting for big labor" and has been "funded by labor union special interest money."

"Labor's voice. Pelosi's voice," the ad continues. "Not our voice."

Labor is a sensitive topic in South Carolina, as the Palmetto State has been fighting back labor protests to bring a new Boeing plant to the state. The company, however, announced earlier this month it was expanding in South Carolina, a big victory for labor union opponents.

When Colbert Busch praised Boeing's move, Sanford's campaign was quick to point out that she had accepted contributions from unions that fought against Boeing's plant in North Charleston.

With their new ad, it seems Sanford's campaign finds it best to keep pushing on the union front in the final stretch of the race.

In another sign Sanford is struggling to stay out front, he released a full-page ad Sunday in Charleston's Post and Courier explaining again the trespassing incident in a lengthy letter to voters.

"I was returning a son from neighborhood Super Bowl party. I did, indeed, watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14-year-old son because, as a father, I didn't think he should sit alone and watch it. Given Jenny was out of town, I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps and told her what had happened," he he wrote.

Agreements from their divorce prohibited the couple from visiting the other's property without permission. During his second term as governor, Sanford admitted in 2009 he was having an extramarital affair with an Argentinean woman, who's now his fiancée. He and Jenny got divorced in 2010.

In the full page ad, Sanford gave his cell phone number if voters had further questions and noted that national Democratic groups were pouring more money into the race.

"I need your help, and I need it now," he said, comparing his campaign to those trying to defend the Alamo in 1836. "I'm outnumbered right now but will fight to the end toward freedom and financial sanity in Washington so important to sustaining it. I'd ask you to cross the line and fight with me."

Also part of their offensive strategy, Sanford is highlighting that Colbert Busch, sister of satirist Stephen Colbert, has only accepted one debate invitation. His campaign is calling for television stations to broadcast the showdown, set for April 29. And Sanford's team proposed 15 joint appearances with Colbert Busch this week, but she indicated she would not be participating.

"With the compressed time frame of the special election, Elizabeth is focused on spending time talking with the people of the district," James Smith, press secretary, said. "She looks forward to debating Mark Sanford on April 29 about the issues in this race – creating jobs, putting our fiscal house back in order and representing our values. In the meantime, she has an aggressive schedule of public events to talk direct with the public about their priorities, ideas and concerns – and she will be hosting a rally Wednesday night to get out the vote."

Also Wednesday, Colbert Busch's campaign says the candidate will announce the formation of "Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch," which as the name states is an effort to recruit and engage Republicans in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Cephus

    Why is this guy always being crucified? Jeez fornication is between him and his wives better than sodomites a million times.

    April 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Bill

    @Cephus
    I guess you have been asleep for the last couple years. This clown was married went he went "hiking" in Argentina with his mistriss. A mistriss is not a wife. And he lied to the people of SC about where he was and for what reason. Not to mention the use of taxpayer money to fund his little junket (which he had to pay back). It is called dereliction of duty and lack of candor. Not to mention an absence of moral character. He is unfit to hold the office of dogcatcher.

    April 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Me

    Wired Weird in SF – remember how GW Bush stole the election...you post name says it all

    April 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Cheryl Butler-Adams

    We look at his personal life to see what his character is. I could care less of his marital woes but his character suggests that he isn't a MAN that should be speaking for anyone in politics. He made a wise decisions years ago to part ways with SC politics & take care of himself & his children, perhaps there is still work to be done in this area!

    April 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. vic

    Sanford has not morals or respect for the law. He is a total loser for SC.We can't possible let him back into politics!!

    April 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. floyd

    Why doesn't someone let John McCain know now that he has turned his back on America and the wishes of his fellow men and women by selling out to Obama on gun control and even aiding and abiting our known enemies ( MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ) and he should be at least man enough to do one last honorable thing and resign. At one time I looked up to this man as I am retired military myself, and I remember when he was respected and stood up for America and it makes me wonder JOHN WHAT DID IT TAKE FOR OBAMA TO BUY YOU? YOU AND OBAMA SAY 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT YOUR GUN CONTROL? WAS THIS POLL TAKEN FROM THE ILLEGAL ALIENS THAT WON THE ELECTION FOR OBAMA? IT SURE ISNT THE AMERICANS I KNOW, SO WHO'S. LYING JOHN? OF COURSE ITS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE ALL KNOW HA! HA! OBAMA WOULDN'T LIE WOULD HE. I HATE TO SAY THIS JOHN YOU WERE ONE TIME A HONORABLE MAN BUT NOW YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO ALL AMERICANS, OUR MILITARY AND OUR DISABLED VETERANS. YOU SIR DISGUST ME.

    April 23, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. California Gary

    It's not that he had an affair.......many men (particularly those in powerful positions) have had affairs and it is strictly their business as long as it doesn't interfere with the performance of their duties. In his case, his affair directly interfered with his duties as Governor......he lied to the people of his state as to his whereabouts and basically abandoned his job responsibilities in order to carry on this affair. It's his total lack of a sense of responsibility to those he serves that disqualifies him from office in my view. He should lose, and lose big.

    April 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    "I did, indeed, watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14-year-old son because, as a father, I didn't think he should sit alone and watch it."

    Bwahahaha!!! His moral compass directed him to watch the Super Bowl with his son because why? Was he afraid junior might see some cheerleaders and have questions? Or perhaps some hunky linebackers and have even more questions? Same moral compass that had him cheat on his family and lie to his electorate to get some of that Latina love. Go take a long walk on the Appalachian Trail, Mark.

    April 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Simian Savior

    Floyd, you're both on the wrong thread and the wrong planet. 90% support "background checks", ya know, to keep terrorists and criminals etc from purchasing guns they should never have. But hey, if yer cool with that, I guess being a terrorist sympathizer puts you in the same category as, well, 10% of your fellow "citizens".

    April 23, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Jack

    Sandford should run for Congress in Argentina.

    April 23, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    If we continue to vote in these total losers with. Money, we will continue to go backwards, vote out all gop bafoons in every state in 2014 mid terms!!!!!

    April 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. us_1776

    Sanford clown is toast.

    This guy stole money from the state to finance a lavish lifestyle with his Argentine girlfriend.

    .

    April 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Tiredmomma

    He has a home a short distance from her home, hopefully he has a tv. Lack of good judgement.

    April 23, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    If south Carolina had more employees in labor unions they wouldn't be living in poverty ,the gop is anti union because they represent your bosses not you ,wake up people and vote the gop out . All northern states have higher income because of unions!!!!

    April 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    What is going to happen next.

    April 23, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    Simian Savior

    Floyd, you're both on the wrong thread and the wrong planet. 90% support "background checks", ya know, to keep terrorists and criminals etc from purchasing guns they should never have. But hey, if yer cool with that, I guess being a terrorist sympathizer puts you in the same category as, well, 10% of your fellow "citizens".
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    for Floyd and his ilk, "citizens" are "amurkins" and certainly not "mooslim soshulists"

    April 23, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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