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 excerpted video, which shows no context of the speech, has Turner discussing U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who vacated the seat Turner has set his sights on, along with 15 other GOP candidates.

"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.

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JoSCh February 15, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I'm curious what percentage of the SCGOP are descendants of slaves. I bet it's a 'delightfully' low number, and the segregationists you don't have a problem with know that having a token black guy or three (as long as they toe the line) is politically expedient in today's progressive America. Your comment exemplifies why SC doesn't have a good history with race issues.
William J. Hamilton February 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Teddy Turner spoke to a lot of African American voters during our Mafch 7 candidates bus ride. One Obama supporter was very critical of him but he kept talking to her until they shook hands. Www.busec.org I am not a conservative.
JoSCh February 19, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Are you trying to say that a politician may have acted differently in public than when in (assumed) private William? GASP!
stanley seigler February 19, 2013 at 05:58 PM
nut wing, GOP, rich, white, folks...just my guess... ohand 'pandering' more descriptive than 'addressing'...ie 'Who was he 'pandering to' when he said this?' that said i like teddy turner...like is daddy better...maybe his daddy will take him to the wood shed if he is elected (fat chance)
stanley seigler February 19, 2013 at 06:20 PM
re: Some times I [josch] can't relate to rich people, or Cajuns, or the religious. It's cultural. point taken...but maybe some day, in God's lifetime, we will see all people (except for cajuns :)) as equals...rich folks, homeless folks, black folks, white folks, latinos, etc... labels will be meaningless...except as pleasant, nostalgic, conversations...eg, the way some black on black use the N-word...


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