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Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford: Democratic rival’s popularity driven by famous brother

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fresh off his victory in the GOP's congressional runoff, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that the one thing that people know about Democrat nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch — his top rival for the 1st District seat — is that she is the sister of a "well regarded" comedian.

"She has not held office, and right now the one thing that people know about her is that she is Stephen Colbert's sister," Mr. Sanford said during an appearance on MSNBC "Morning Joe." "Stephen Colbert is a very popular, well regarded comedian, but at the end of the day he is not on the ticket, and we are going to have a debate about ideas."

Mr. Sanford won the runoff on Tuesday defeating Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County Council by 57 percent to 43 percent, advancing to a match-up against Ms. Colbert Busch in the May 7 special election.

The Colbert Busch campaign released an internal poll this week that showed the she is well-positioned to defeat Mr. Sanford, who is trying to make a political comeback after he disappeared for about a week as governor before admitting it was because of an affair with an Argentine woman, to whom he is now engaged.

The South Carolina seat opened up after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to the seat that former Sen. Jim DeMint gave up to join the conservative Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank.

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