In SC, an Unlikely Win for the Ethically Challenged Sanford

Posted on May 8, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

CZT Bio Photo medium resizeIt is with deep disappointment that we faced the South Carolina loss of Elizabeth Colbert Busch.  This one is not about political points of view, it’s about integrity. In a tactic of bait and switch, Sanford “debated” a paper cut out of Nancy Pelosi. Though Clint Eastwood’s RNC debate with an empty chair was ridiculed, the technique of supplanting Nancy Pelosi for Elizabeth Colbert Busch worked.

In essence, voters were asked to hate the Democrats and Pelosi more than they hated the former Governor who was charged by the State Ethics Commission with 37 ethics violations, including spending taxpayer money on business-class flights, using state aircraft for personal travel and spending campaign funds for non-campaign expenses. It seems that paying $74,000 was enough to get him back in the graces of the South Carolina electorate.

Our fundraiser for Elizabeth Colbert Busch, which was accompanied and supported by her brother, Stephen Colbert, New York Reps. Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney, Joe Crowley as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, raised over $100,000 for a breakfast event. Though the Democrat Colbert Busch outspent her opponent 5 to 1, it wasn’t enough to defeat Sanford. Look for the Democrats to capitalize on this.  The party will brand this election as representative of Republican “values.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz is already on the airwaves decrying Republican values.

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The sanctity of marriage is over I guess.

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