Jansing and Co | February 19, 2013
>>> one of the most crowded political races we have seen in a long time. 19 candidates for south carolina is now vacant. the state's former republican governor mark sanford is hoping it will give him a second chance at politics. four years ago, of course, he was a rising political star but that all ended after an extramarital affair with a lady from argentina television reporter was revealed. here is what he said about it this morning.
>> the reality of our lives is if we live long enough, we are going to fail at something and i absolutely failed in my personal life and my marriage. but one place i didn't ever fail was with the taxpayer.
>> joining me now is chairman of the south carolina republican party , chad connolly and chairman of the south carolina democratic party , dick. this seat was vacated by tim scott what was appointed to the senate. sanford is looking for a politically comeback with 18 other candidates including 16 republicans . what are his chances?
>> well, i think his chances are pretty good because he has bankrolled a bunch of money. but i'd be fascinated to see what happens. over his affair, he was investigated and they found he spent campaign money and state money to visit his girlfriend in argentina . he had over a hundred thousand dollars and using state and campaign money to pay his cable bill and to go on hunting trips to ireland and to visit his girlfriend in argentina . this idea he never disappointed the taxpayers is total bunk and i'm going to be fas snated to see what happens.
>> this just started airing in south carolina .
>> i've experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes but in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a god of second chances, and be the better for it.
>> so, chad, is this kind of argument going to work given what we heard from dick not just the problems with the mistress but some of the financial questions as well?
>> it remains to be scene. welcome to south carolina politics . former governor of south carolina , the son of liberal icon teddy turner and 14 other republicans running. remains to be seen how the voters of congressional district one comes out and see who shows up on top.
>> teddy turner is the son of the media mowingal, ted turner but a very liberal guy. his son, very conservative in a race that, frankly seems to be on the republican side about who is the most conservative. what is bigger at play here? the fact he has all of this name recognition or does it hurt him because his dad is a big environmentalist and liberal?
>> who knows. with 16 republicans in the race, he, the governor, all of those house and senate members who are running and the other qualified republicans , have a --
>> we got a freeze on our skype there.
>> political science .
>> there we go. dick, let me weigh in on that. what do you think about teddy turner ?
>> well, i mean, i think he has to explain to republican voters in a very, very conservative republican special election turnout how he sat across the table from jane fonda all of those years and his liberal father all of those years and no disagreement ever reported against any of them.
>> no. republic he is trying to distance himself from his father's personal beliefs. they say no animosity but clearly it seems they have very clearly different political views .
>> i would suggest that the republicans will use the fonda/dad connection with him. you have to face elizabeth colbert-busch. mark sanford spent 20 years as a political office holder or traditional sort of a republican hack. teddy turner sorted of a fringe candidate. the rest of these folks, i mean, are just --
>> she is stephen colbert 's sister. i understand she pronounces her name the traditional way. there was concern her brother was going to use his tv show to push her.
>> it doesn't matter that my sister is intelligent, hard working and compassionate and dedicated to people of south carolina . i will not be mentioning any of that on my show.
>> so, chad, could she be a formidable candidate against whoever comes out of this on the republican side ?
>> i'm glad dick brought that up. ms. colbert-busch problem is she has embraced the afl-cio endorsement of her. if they had their way, boeing would have never located in south carolina and we would not have had all of those jobs that went to democrats and republicans . so we're looking forward to a spirited race but we win this thing for the republicans .
>> chad connolly and dick harbputley, great to have you both on.