Skip to comments.Mark Sanford wins primary; faces Steve Colbert's sister
Posted on 04/03/2013 6:53:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford easily won the runoff election for the Republican nomination in South Carolina's First Congressional District. He will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Steve Colbert, in the special election next month.
From The Hill:
The former governor's runoff win seemed likely as of two weeks ago, when he finished more than 20 percentage points ahead of Bostic in the first round of voting. Bostic got off to a slow start in the two-week primary runoff, hampered by a lack of funds, and while he secured some high-profile endorsements, including from former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), he didn't have the time or money to give Sanford a serious challenge.
The district is heavily Republican -- Mitt Romney won it with 58 percent of the vote -- but Colbert Busch has run a strong campaign so far, focused on her business career. National Republicans admit that Sanford's baggage and the unpredictability of special elections mean this race could go either way.
Recent polls reflect that reality: An internal poll from Colbert Busch's campaign and one from the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling found her with a narrow lead over Sanford. While many more Republicans were undecided in both polls and are more likely to vote for Sanford, he'll have to work hard to win the May 7 general election.
Colbert Busch's campaign was quick to slam Sanford following his primary win.
"The families of this district need a representative who they can trust," Colbert Busch campaign spokesman James Smith said. "Mark Sanford simply has the wrong values for our community -- whether that's his terms as Governor or the last time he was in Congress, where he opposed commonsense measures like the Violence Against Women Act, which provides shelters and resources for domestic violence survivors.
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Apparently Sanford couldn’t find a job.
He’ll probably lose and then we can take back the seat next November. And we’ll be rid of this flawed candidate for good. These politicians care more about themselves and their own careers than the cause or the country.
I can see the Dems will work hard to make him look good to us.
Lets see how it goes
What happens if he wins?
He and his supporters will feel redeemed and we’ll be stuck with him for the foreseeable future, along with Lindsey Graham.
If he wins, he’ll be talked into supporting liberal legislation, like John Ensign was. Democrats and moderate republicans will praise and cajole him...until a democrat defeats him because he is a weak link, or the republicans in the district wise up and primary him out of office.
“And again Republicans shoot themselves in the foot by running the one candidate that can, and probably will, lose what should have been a slam dunk race. At least the late night comediennes will get some mileage out of Sanford...”
But look on the bright side....Karl Rove will be his campaign manager in the 2016 race against Hillary...and there are plenty of folks on here that would vote for the putz
Come on, Mark Sanford? Aren’t republicans supposed to be smarter than that? Ridiculous.
Didn't the last two Presidential elections teach you anything?
If he only had the affair, I would say good for him. However, when you go AWOL for days without any notice or even a successor than you should be a cooked goose. I hope he loses because he will be the laughing stock for Republicans and we can get the seat back in November with a Real Conservative Republican especially for South Carolina.
So the GOP throws another race.
And we'll stuck with that new "Evita" of a wife.
>>If he wins, hell be talked into supporting liberal legislation
I highly doubt that. Sanford was consistently a fiscal conservative during his 3 terms in congress and the governorship and held a 92% ACU rating. Any mistrust of him is with his personal not his professional conduct. And if he really wants to salvage his reputation he’s going to have to be on especially good behavior.
I just don’t see reason for histrionics over his nomination.
Somehow South Carolina survived his absence—no South Carolinian diplomats were killed, Uruguay didn’t invade, and no asteroids fell on the state.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
IMO, Jenny Sanford is waiting for the right moment to nuke her straying ex to the moon & back. Like his fling with the Argie is the ONLY naughty thing he’s ever done?
As a South Carolinian I am embarassed at this sordid sideshow. Electing principled conservatives in our state should be simple & easy, with or without the 6th District (James Clyburn). But it isn’t, sadly.
The problem with politics is it’s rife with politicians.
Well we’ll see.
In 1986, conservatives in California were saddled with a horrible choice for US Senate as Democrat Alan Cranston, an old hard-core lefty who was running for re-election, faced off against Rep. Ed Zschau (rhymes--appropriately--with Mao), a Vito Marcantonio Republican.
Some conservatives voted for Zschau because Cranston was so bad, and they wanted the GOP to keep control of the Senate, some voted for Cranston because they knew he would only serve one more term, and they feared that Zschau, being young, would be there forever. I wound up going third party.
Sanford will win this fairly easily. There is also a “Green Party” candidate on the ballot to siphon off some of the liberal vote.
See my post #23. The 1986 US Senate race in California should have resulted in a Republican pickup. Incumbent Alan Cranston was vulnerable, and there were about 12 candidates vying for the nomination. Of these, 11 were conservative and one--Ed Zschau--was a leftie.
The conservatives campaigned hard against one another, but eventually one, Bruce Herschensohn, emerged as the frontrunner. Lesser candidates began to drop out and support Bruce, but Mike Antonovich continued to run negative ads against Bruce late in the campaign.
Zschau won by taking only a third of all the votes cast, and since there was no runoff, he got the nomination--and went on to lose the race.
Supporting perverted Republicans makes it very hard to defend conservative values. Gay marriage, serial marriage, abortion and adultery are all part of the same sickness. Conservatives need to oppose ALL of it.
GOP the stupid party.
How much did he get on the trade-in?
I agree with you.
Because nothing speaks "Fiscal Conservatism", like jetting down to Buenos Aires on the taxpayers' dime.
I’ve looked at some of her “non-pr” photos.
On a scale of 58 yr old female Democrats, she’s a 9.5
Sanford should have evolved into a homo instead of chasing Pan American skirt. The GOP would have held the door open for him and rolled out the rainbow carpet.
Oh well ok then, that makes it perfectly okiley-dokiley.
>>Because nothing speaks “Fiscal Conservatism”, like jetting down to Buenos Aires on the taxpayers’ dime.
He payed his own travel expenses for the Argentina trip.
“Before leaving office as governor, Mark Sanford avoided impeachment but was censured by the Legislature over state travel expenses he used for the affair. He also had to pay more than $70,000 in ethics fines still the largest in state history after Associated Press investigations raised questions about his use of state, private and commercial aircraft.”
They actually have a lot in common. She’s the sister of a Commedian, and he’s a Joke.
Yet again, the GOP-E force a weak candidate on us.
He does not need to be placed back into an office of the People’s trust.
And Bruce Herschensohn was nominated for the U.S. Senate in 1992 giving us Barbara Boxer.
I cannot bring myself to be for this man's Democratic opponent.
But I also cannot support him.
Another poster was probably correct: The best possible outcome--or, more precisely, the least bad outcome--would be for another Republican to win the seat in 2014...
Another “burn the house down if the windows don’t fit” thread.
I assume you would have preferred Tom Campbell, Herschensohn's primary opponent, as the Republican nominee in 1992--the same Campbell who lost to Dianne Feinstein in 2000 by 19%. That year, I went to a Campbell "rally" at Cal State Northridge. The auditorium was all but empty, with about 14 or so in attendance.
Although Bruce Herschensohn lost to Boxer by less than five percentage points, he got more votes than President George Bush, who at the time was running for re-election, as well as the liberal Republican John "See More Taxes" Seymour, who was trounced by Dianne Feinstein.
Bruce Herschensohn has come closer to beating Boxer than has any other Republican. I believe Herschensohn would have won if President Bush hadn't abandoned California in his re-election campaign.
You sure got that right.
It does not take a social conservative to understand that a man who cheats on his wife, lies to cover it up, and essentially abandons the governance of his state for his mistress is not someone who ought to be trusted.
In the old days it took a beautiful female spy to get political leaders to do things like that. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not aware that Argentina has sent spies to the United States in recent history. However, it now looks like too many political leaders, including conservative political leaders, are willing to do that without being targeted for blackmail by femme fatales from foreign forces.
Good grief, this is South Carolina. If conservative Republicans in South Carolina can't keep their pants zipped, and then Republican primary voters decide to put them back on the ballot, that says more about the conservative movement than it should.
If you look at the Cali voting trends over time, it wasn’t about the conclusion, just the timing of total liberal takeover.
Now you have outcomes like DiFi with 63%, Obama with 60%, Dem supermajority in the legislature.
A refusal to vote for Sanford is a vote to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker. It is also a vote to make Nita Lowrey chairwoman of Appropriations, and Chris Van Hollen chairman of Budget.
Try to read this entire list without becoming ill.
George Miller — Education and Workforce
Henry Waxman Energy and Commerce
Maxine Waters Financial Services
John Conyers Judiciary
Edward Markey Natural Resources
Elijah Cummings Oversight and Government Reform
Nydia Velazquez Small Business
Yes what happens is there are a number of idiot libs in totally non-competitive 90% Democrat urban districts who build up high seniority. When the party has control, they are the committee chairs.
Californians elected a conservative governor in 1982 and 186, but by 1992, demographic trends were beginning to favor the Democrats. That was probably the last year the Republicans had a chance to win a US Senate seat or a major state office--with the exception of the 2003 recall election, which was a free-for-all donnybrook.