SC1 Candidate Turner: Tim Scott 'Is Not Like Us'
GOP candidate says he has a hard time talking and relating to black students.
A video showing South Carolina First Congressional District GOP candidate and media mogul's son Teddy Turner talking about the state's black senator has raised some eyebrows.
NOTE: The video has since been taken down by the user associated with the YouTube account that originally posted it.
Shot like the infamous video that captured GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 47-percent comment, the video appears to have racial undertones.
"The reason it became so important to me meeting Tim was Tim is not like a lot of us. Tim is black. I have black students that I work with all the time, and I try to talk to them and relate to them and it's very hard for me to do," Turner said.
Turner is a part-time teacher at a private school in the Charleston area.
Michael Smith, the campaign manager for Turner told Patch, "Teddy has known Tim Scott for many years. When Tim first ran for Congress, Teddy gave him maximum contribution as public records indicate. It's very unfortunate that someone would release a portion of a video to try and make their relationship seem to be something that it is not."
The video was taken during the monthly meeting of the Sea Island Republicans at Ryan's Steakhouse in the end of January. SC Political Editor Shawn Drury was in attendance and witnessed the comments.
According to Drury, Turner was talking about the need for the Republican Party to expand its base and how Scott helps the party do that. Turner was explaining that as a part-time teacher he understood how difficult it can be to bridge cultural differences as many of the students at the school where he works are underprivileged and from the inner city.