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.

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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