LOS ANGELES, MAY 3, 2013 — The special election to fill South Carolina’s First Congressional District One has a pair of names drawing tons of attention. Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is the Republican nominee, squaring off against comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch on the Democratic side.
The seat became available when former Senator Jim Demint retired mid-term to run the Heritage Foundation. Governor Nikki Haley appointed rising star Tim Scott to fill that seat, leaving the opening in the House of Representatives. Redistricting has given South Carolina an extra seat, so the new First District stretches all the way from Hilton Head to mid-coast South Carolina.
South Carolina is a very conservative state, and this election presents a clear and obvious choice. Endorsing Sanford is an easy decision.
Sanford’s baggage is well known. While Governor, he ditched his security detail for a few days, and initially claimed he was hiking in the Appalachian Mountains. After a few days, he revealed that he was in Argentina with a woman who was not his wife.
While Sanford’s personal conduct was certainly not in line with South Carolina values, his situation was more complex. Without excusing his behavior, his extra-marital affair was not “typical.” He fell in love with the woman, and they are now engaged to be married.
Sanford’s ex-wife even considered running for the seat, as did Colbert Busch’s famous brother. Ms. Colbert Busch may not be a comedian, but she certainly has a caustic mean streak that may entertain those on the left wishing to humiliate Sanford. Her own temperament is no laughing matter. During their most recent debate, she brought up his affair in the nastiest possible way. Sanford ignored her. Colbert Busch has repeatedly ducked the issue of whether she thought Bill Clinton was fit for office.
A campaign about personalities gives Ms. Colbert a chance. A race about issues leaves her blown out of the water.
“South Carolina values” extends beyond the home. South Carolina voters are conservative fiscally, socially, and on foreign policy. Mark Sanford is pro-gun, pro-life, pro-military, and pro-business. His record as Governor proves this. Elizabeth Sanford is more than just a liberal. She is the worst kind of liberal, the one who runs away from who she is when liberalism inevitably becomes unpopular. She is distancing herself from the train wreck Obamacare law, and promising to be an independent voice for South Carolina.
Voters everywhere have seen this movie before. When President Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yank the leash, she will heel. Very few Democrats have seen the kind of pressure applied the way the current Democratic leadership applies it. When that leadership harassed Boeing from trying to build a plant in South Carolina, it was Governor Nikki Haley and Republicans who stood strong while Democrats stayed silent.
Colbert Busch can try to strip every ounce of humanity from the all-too-human Sanford, but at the end of the day she is a very liberal woman trying to pretend to be the right fit for a conservative district.
Mark Sanford was a good Governor who made some serious mistakes in his personal life. He betrayed his wife, but did not betray conservative principles on issues. The voters of the entire state of South Carolina forgave him and allowed him to finish his term, rejecting the notion that he needed to step down.
America is about redemption, and Sanford deserves this job. Cynics will say he is no less morally bankrupt than most other members of Congress. The less cynical will say that with a stagnant economy, a ticking Obamacare time bomb, and worldwide terrorism, Colbert Busch and her weapons of mass distraction are not what South Carolina needs.
Mark Sanford has the leadership experience and is right on the issues that South Carolinians care about. Send him to Congress on Tuesday, May 7th.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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