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Republicans Rally for Elizabeth Colbert Busch

A group of First Congressional District Republicans buck their party and campaigning for Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch

Elizabeth Colbert Busch would have a tough time winning the First Congressional District seat without some Republican support. After all, 58 percent of the district's voters supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, so the announcement of Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch is a welcome development for the campaign.

Colbert Busch announced the formation of the group flanked by several of her GOP supporters Wednesday at her West Ashley Campaign office. Chairing the group is Leslie Turner, a 2012 Romney voter.

Turner said when former Gov. Mark Sanford emerged as the Republican candidate in the First District race she had no choice but to pick Colbert Busch as the best candidate for the job.

"I want our country to pay our debts, stop spending more than we have, get our finances in order, basically get this country back on track, and there's one person in this race who can do just that," Turner said. "She can tackle the issues and go to Washington and be someone that we can be proud of, and that's Elizabeth Colbert Busch."

Turner was one of about a half-dozen Republicans in attendance for the announcement at Colbert Busch's campaign office. But that number belies how much support Colbert Busch is receiving from traditional GOP voters Turner said.

"Among kitchen table talks with all my Republican women friends, they all seem to be supporting Elizabeth," Turner said.

Recent polls have shown as many as one in five Republican voters in the First District leaning toward Colbert Busch.

Glenda Miller, a self-described life-long Republican, also spoke out for Colbert Busch, and said she'll be telling all of her Republican friends to vote for the Democratic candidate in this election as well.

"Elizabeth is a Democrat but I want to assure my Republican friends that should not stop them from voting for her," Miller said. "She's a tough independent business woman who has spent her whole career creating jobs and balancing budgets. Her business experience is the core of who she is, and I know that she, unlike her opponent will represent us in Washington."

Miller said she initially voted for John Kuhn in the primary election and supported Curtis Bostic in the run-off. She didn't make up her mind to support Colbert Busch until she saw Sanford's full-page ad in response to revelations that he was charged with trespassing at his ex-wife's house in February that ran in Sunday's Post and Courier.

"It indicated that he's not ever responsible, there's always someone else to blame," Miller said. "I believe when you make a mistake you should take responsibility, blaming breaking the law on your 13-year-old son because he wanted to watch the Superbowl is just unacceptable."

Miller and Turner spoke about ignoring party labels and selecting a candidate based on that person's track record.

"We can't afford to send Mark Sanford back to Washington, cause we simply don't trust him," Turner said. "If we do, Mark and South Carolina will continue to be the punchline of every joke on late-night TV, on the political talk shows and in online media. He'll continue to be ineffective and will not help our state."

Miller cannot forget that Sanford disappeared for a week while he was governor without letting anyone in the state know he was gone or how to get in touch with him if an emergency arose.

"If I took money from my employer and then went out of town for a week, I'm sure I would loose my job," Miller said. "I also would not be eligible to be rehired. Mark Sanford took our tax dollars and abandoned his position as Governor of South Carolina. I don't think he should be rehired as a public servant. He is not the kind of person I think should represent us in Congress."

Tony April 26, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Stanley, many everyday people who not tie to a party are fed up with both parties. As they are more concern with how the party looks and what the party supporters with the money have to say. That has created deadlock and so call big deals where something has to be given for each and every vote gain. This has broke our country, can still be fix? Yes, but voters are going to have start thinking outside of that box the two parties lay out for them. I believe we are at a time where not only is it possible for a write-in campaign, but can be probable with good organization. That what the parties are afraid of; next to the average citizen ask a non prescreen question during a debate or appearance. Neither party wants to see a write-in win because it will take power from the parties and give it back to the people. The people would not have to settle for the primary results if they make no sense when the election time get near. People talk how the founding father of our nation were wise men and forward thinking. I don't feel they envision a day where the major parties control and had more power in elections than the people. That where we are today!
Mary Grady April 26, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Joe, the word is "precinct". (It helps if you know what you're asking.) In the regular elections, this precinct is predominately Republican based on comments made in prior elections. (Very few Democrats speaking up or they just don't exist? Could be either, but could be they just aren't there. Those supporting the Democratic ticket were generally as vocal as the Republicans.) For the first Primary, I heard a lot of "I've voted for one party all my life, but it's not happening this time..." and then telling me they needed the Democratic ballot. Other comments were "Given my party's offerings, I guess I'm voting Democrat this time...." or "if this is all I've got to choose from, I'll vote against all of them...." The thing to remember is that no one pays attention to people working in the precinct. Comments they wouldn't make to their spouses (if they are of an opposing mindset), they will mutter as they sign in to vote. I will never tell you "So-and-so voted for this candidate", but it startled me that half of my precinct voted Dem. in the primary when the votes in the prior election were more like 75% Republican candidate vs. 25% Democratic candidate.
joe April 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Mary that was a nice story considering 55,000 voters voted in the repub primary and ONLY around 15,000 voted in the democratic primary. p.s. is it true Busch-League is going to walk on stage to the theme of 'Shaft' amd followed by those '6' republican women that showed up @ her 'rally'? Hide the dough'nutz'.
Mary Grady April 26, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Then you just proved my point, didn't you? The county begs to be questioned also. In the 2012 General Election, 48% voted for Romney (in Charleston Co.) and 50% voted for Obama, but in that District 1 race, 60% voted Rep. and 37% voted Dem. Were those differences showing Dems voting for Tim Scott or disenchanted Reps voting for Obama. In the primaries, there were 53,793 Republican voters and only 16,484 Democratic voters (a breakdown of about 75% Reps to 25% Dems), but in my precinct, the sign in sheets were within 2 of being equal (a breakdown of 50% to 50%). I know from the prior elections that the votes split about the way they did for the Tim Scott vs. his opponents so did more Dems move into the district or did maybe 100 of those who had voted Republican decide to vote Democratic?
Ajay Jain May 04, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Watch the ONLY debate between Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford and decide who to vote for! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpPy5u7EszM

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