UPDATED: Could Jenny Sanford Endorse Elizabeth Colbert Busch?

Backing could provide a boost to Democrat.


In response to the story the Colbert Busch campaign issued the following statement to Patch:

"Elizabeth has not met with or in any way pursued such an endorsement. We have too much respect for Jenny as a mother. We are focused on getting our message to the people of the 1st District and preparing for whomever our Republican opponent may be, whether it is Mark Sanford or Curtis Bostic."


Jenny Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch have discussed having the former governor's ex-wife endorse the Democratic nominee and Mark Sanford's potential congressional election opponent, Patch has learned.

Multiple sources, including from within the Colbert Busch campaign, said that the two women have discussed the subject. The sources did not want to be identified because they were not at liberty to discuss the matter on the record.

Sources outside the Colbert Busch campaign said that Sanford and Colbert Busch travel within the same circles in the Charleston area and an endorsement has been discussed.

Jenny Sanford has not returned calls or emails seeking comment.

Colbert Busch will find out on April 2 whether she will face Mark Sanford or Curtis Bostic in the general election for the right to represent SC1 in Washington, DC. 

Jenny Sanford managed her husband's previous campaigns and he reportedly asked her to manage his comeback attempt, but she declined.

Colbert Busch easily won the Democratic primary, but winning the general election will be a tougher row to hoe, as Republicans hold a strong majority in the district.

However, women also make up 55 percent of the district, and the backing of Jenny Sanford would almost certainly help Colbert Busch.

But a female Republican operative who requested anonymoity and knows both women said an endorsement from Jenny Sanford is unlikely. "She's a mother first and foremost, I don't believe she'd put her children in that kind of a position."

Another GOP insider said it was unlikely for the same reason.

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Ambassador March 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Who the hell cares? What a dumb question. Anyone who votes based on her comments is mindless and a fool.
Cheryll Woods-Flowers March 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM
If you are opposed to the policies of the Obama administration, you can not possibly consider voting for Elizabeth Busch. Period...
reg March 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM
If you are a Republican who supports the plutocratic authoritarian application of Karl Marx's communist economic theory, then you can cannot possibly consider voting for Elizabeth Busch. Period ...
maizenbluedoc March 21, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Is this so inportant that it requires two entries in Patch? I don't think so, but there must be a motive by someone to advance this theory.
Ambassador March 21, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Ron Stoklosa March 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I lied about only serving two terms and believing in term limits but I'm a politician we all do it I lied about until death do us part but I'm a politician we all do it I lied about being on the Appalachian trail but I'm a politician we all do it I lied about saving money by traveling to Argentina on the State dime but I'm a politician we all do it Trust me with your vote business as usual.
Terri Unknown March 21, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Poetic justice!
Tom Bess March 21, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Didn't you understand that the author wanted to stir a debate? he used "COULD" twice in the 1st 2 sentences, all speculations
reg March 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
No, he used it once in the title, which repeated the word in the subtitle. No could/maybe/might anywhere in the article. I don't see any speculative intent.
Barbara Delia March 21, 2013 at 08:26 PM
UPDATED: Could Jenny Sanford Endorse Elizabeth Colbert Busch? Backing could provide a boost to Democrat. These are the 2 could words... Could Jenney Endorse E C Busch... Backing Could provide a boost to Democrat. I got the same feeling as Tom Bess, that it was an article putting "could" forward. When the person providing the info isn't named for "whatever" reason, that seems far fetched and reaching for the article without backing. Any article with could or maybe seems to be a personal opinion. There are so many scenarios that are "could" but that isn't strong enough to be in print on paper or other medias. I do give Shawn credit for a title that is a component of the story unlike black scoop media where the title has no basis in the entire article. Shawn could be right or could be wrong in the stance Jenny takes on her ex husband's political future, or it could boost the Democrat if she backs the Democrat. It's so clear now...
mary shelly March 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM
no wonder they split up he a rep. she a dem. i would have looked somewhere else too
Philly Joe March 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM
lol Barbara. In my opinion this is nothing about nothing.It is just what happens when a campaign figures out they ain't got a chance(ECB) and apparently starts throwing 'Hail Mary's'. Just in the last couple of weeks,according to the Elizabeth Colbert Busch campaign website, there has been a shake up or changes on the their communications team which is essentially responsible for getting her message out. Apparently a college student is now the Director of Communications for a campaign that seeks a national forum for political and fundraising reasons. This is really becoming comical.Wonder when brother Stephen will cut his losses?
Addison March 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Interesting that you are not taking issue with her positions, simply using the forum for a drive-by tainting. We need voters who will look at the positions of the candidates and then make an informed decision about who to support based on their own beliefs and values. Otherwise it is just politics as usual and that has not been very helpful or productive over the past 12 years.
reg March 22, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Live from Filly Joe on Patch.Com! The GOP has nothing else to go on, so we'll make up junk to insinuate a communications staff member isn't qualified because he's too young!!! Stay tuned! Brought to you Starkist Tuna! (Sign of a failed campaign --- you have no legitimate argument against a candidate, so you make stuff up against campaign staff of that candidate.)
reg March 22, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Apparently, you do, amb-assador. Otherwise, why the hell are you spending so much time repeating yourself on this?
reg March 22, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I'm not sure which side you're taking, Addison, and that's none of my business anyway. But I distinctly note your comment of "has not been very helpful or productive over the past 12 years." As a fellow Carolinian, I'd like to take your comment to remind folks of what's happened in SC in that last dozen ---- we've had GOP in the state house, state senate, and governor's office --- and we've had education budget reduced to the lowest it's been since 1992. We've had a governor fined for use using state funds for his illegal affair. We've had a state treasurer busted for cocaine. We've had a state GOP party exec busted for raping his stepdaughter. We've had a lt. governor busted for illegal use of campaign funds to buy personal goods, including clothing and basketball tickets. We've had an education superintendent reject our own tax dollars, and letting them go to other states. We've had a prosecutor arrested after caught in a cemetery with a prostitute. Just in the last 12 years when the GOP was in charge of our state gov, and all those I mentioned were state GOP. BUT THEY WEREN'T THE GOP VOTERS IN OUR STATE. These GOP "officials" in our state are in no way of any representation of our their party. BECAUSE THERE IS NO TRUE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN OUR STATE ANYMORE.
JoSCh March 22, 2013 at 05:17 PM
You obviously have typical Republican values mary shelly.
JoSCh March 22, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Good post Ron Stoklosa.
Nan Hahn March 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM
BRAVO, Ron Stoklosa!! ( And I LOVE that Mark Sanford considers adultery to be a "mistake"!)
stanley seigler March 27, 2013 at 01:33 AM
TO THE TOPIC: Could Jenny Sanford Endorse Elizabeth Colbert Busch? who knows, but unless i over estimate the intelligence of SC women (and women scorned)...if she did it would ensure a colberT victory...and; if i were jenny, 'up your appalachian trail mark'... three cheers for colberT...
Ajay Jain May 04, 2013 at 08:17 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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