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Video: Colbert Busch Says She Can Win

Democrat aims to break 30 years of electoral losses and retake South Carolina's First Congressional District.

The last time a Democrat represented South Carolina's First Congressional District, Jimmy Carter was in the White House. But Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a political newcomer with a famous name, thinks this year her party's chances are better than ever.

The former maritime shipping executive says she'll run on her career, knowledge of the local area and her most recent experience in higher education.

"What makes me stand out is my job ... history," Colbert Busch said on Monday. "With 21 years in international shipping, I've been a businesswoman in the maritime industry for all that time."

Colbert Busch was a sales and marketing executive with Orient Oversea Container Line before joining Clemson University as director of Business Development for university's Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

Her campaign's profile has been boosted by Stephen Colbert, her famous brother, who mentioned her candidacy in a recent segment. He'll host a Charleston fundraiser for Colbert Busch later this month.

Colbert Busch is the presumptive front-runner in a two-person contest for her party's nomination. Her opponent, Ben Frasier, has run unsuccessfully for the seat since 2008.

Sixteen Republicans are jockeying for the GOP nomination. That field includes former Gov. Mark Sanford and other notable, well-finances Republican figures. Colbert Busch says she's not focused on the Republican field at the moment.

Richard Hayes February 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM
What an OUTSTANDING CANDIDATE - no career politician here!! Business sense! Will support businesses and the citizens of District One -- a real candidate with a real message!!! Thank you DEMOCRATS!!
JoSCh February 12, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I don't understand what is fundamentally wrong with career politicians that nearly everyone thinks that they are a bad idea. I WANT a portion of my elected government to be experienced. Yes, perhaps term limits in a specific position, but I don't want people coming in blind all the time. I always feel after these speeches and media sessions that I don't know anything more than I did before. What is her platform other than "Democrat in SC1." From her website she supports problem solving/compromise (would be the first national SC politician in decades?) wind energy (meh) opportunities for our children (no shit) and supporting our veterans (again, who doesn't) but what other than coming from a large family and having a career what is she offering? I want to support her. I hope that she gives me a reason other than "not a regressive" even though that is probably enough.
stanley seigler February 12, 2013 at 08:10 PM
re: what is fundamentally wrong with career politicians that nearly everyone thinks that they are a bad idea... perhaps they become jaded...become the system they (as freshmen) sincerely wanted to change...ditto career bureaucrats...then of course there are the panderers already jaded by ego... but on to colberT: opine: she is from the same cloth as hillary, elizabeth warren, granholm (xgov MI), kamala harris (AG of CA) team colberT/ clyburn might help bring my beloved SC out of the dark ages of voter suppression (voterID); free access to WMD (and arming teachers); and plans to secede...ie; prevent SC from firing on ft sumter again...
Fisher February 12, 2013 at 09:22 PM
She's gotta have a message beyond being the Democrat in the race. That's what's doomed half a dozen other candidates over the years. Linda Ketner had the best chance, so I hope Colbert Busch is talking to her. Unfortunately, with this bland platform she'll be crushed by just about any of the Republicans in the field. I want to like her, really. But she needs to give us some meat, not just marshmallow fluff and sugar sprinkles.
JoSCh February 13, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Agreed on all counts. It's funny that the Republicans can run on their bland "proven conservative records" that clearly aren't proven and yet many people will vote for them. This is how we get the ineffective representation we have had since Thurmond died. I didn't agree with all (many?) of his views but at least he affected policy or the national discourse. When they aren't embarrassing us on various national stages the only thing our current representatives are effective at is leveraging political favors into high paying private jobs for themselves after they 'serve'. Hell, DeMint leveraged his before he was even done.
JoSCh February 13, 2013 at 03:36 PM
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Debra February 16, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Having listened to the interview video and reading about her, I think she is a good choice for this district. I wish her all the best.

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