Dems hit Sanford with a not-so-subtly Appalaichan Trail-themed ad: “Keep walking”

posted at 6:41 pm on April 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The National Republican Congressional Committee is tactfully jumping ship and leaving Mark Sanford to his own devices in the special election for the Charleston-based House district in South Carolina, but the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee is going for it, and straight to the jugular at that. Do you think they smell an opportunity, perhaps?

Notice the woodsy-looking B-roll? Brutal.

It’ll be hitting the local television airwaves starting on Friday, with less than three weeks to go until the May 7th election:

Sanford said Democrats are now spending $1 million against him, citing figures obtained from media reports and documents on campaign TV ad buys. He contends House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are “trying to buy” the district.

“My opponent has gone through great lengths to distance herself from the liberal Beltway crowd, but it simply isn’t believable that those same folks would be trying to buy this race for someone who would truly be an independent voice in Washington,” Sanford said in a statement.

Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the DCCC, vowed House Democrats won’t stop.

“This is an overwhelmingly Republican district that has become competitive because Republicans yet again nominated a flaed candidate,” Ferguson said, adding the DCCC “will aggressively compete in uphill fights even in the most Republican territory.”

Anyhow, here’s Sanford’s first television ad aimed at Colbert Busch, hitting her on her union involvement:

Probably a smart move to choose the union issue for your major ad campaign — that union dust-up with Boeing trying to just trying to build factories and create jobs in South Carolina was quite the kerfuffle, and is probably fresh in plenty of South Carolinians’ minds — but that ethics-attack against him was rough.


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He should just get a job and stop putting his sons through this. And his wife should shut up, too.

Blake on April 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Dems hit Sanford with a not-so-subtly Appalaichan Trail-themed ad: “Keep walking”
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And try not to tresspass,er,step over any Boundaries!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

The Loooooong Walk!
(sigh)

Me thinks,Sanford needs a lot more time and political distance,
as opposed to still being fresh in everyone’s minds!
(double-sigh).

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Why did we recycle this guy. I mean seriously Sanford, and why do these idiots run when their skeletons still have meat on them and are bursting out of their closets..

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

What difference does it make at this point?

At least no one was killed…

Democrats are the real liars…..

redguy on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Take a hike, Mark.

rbj on April 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The National Republican Congressional Committee is tactfully jumping ship and leaving Mark Sanford to his own devices

Of course – this was totally expected. Sanford is not establishment – so they don’t want him in DC. They only want establishment types like Mark Kirk in the sacred chambers of the GOP Ayatollahs.

Republicans can say what they want – but now it’s time to fish or cut bait. If Sanford doesn’t get the seat then a Dim will … for those who are still heaping shi* on Sanford – explain to me how that strategy fits in with retaining the house?

Mark Sanford is a solid conservative VOTE. He hasn’t done anything worse than David Vitter has and we keep reelecting him … hell, I voted for his reelection and will continue to do so because he’s not establishment and he’s a solid conservative vote on everything.

And so would Sanford be.

Hell – I’d go with Sanford even if there were nude pics of him partying with a gang of Brazillian chicks.

Jenny Sanford? Who cares? She had her shot at running and chose not to. If she’s a Republican (A BIG IF) then she needs to get onboard.

Oh wait though – the situation in the nation isn’t that critical though so I guess this election isn’t important!

LMAO

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Referencing his disgraceful behavior as governor actually is a pretty lame campaign tactic. Everyone already knows about it. It’s not like its some new bombshell that people don’t know about or forgot about. A this point it’s probably already done the maximum damage it can do – some people will vote against him or stay home because of this issue but they’ve already made that decision. These adds won’t change minds. Minds are already made up on that issue.

dczombie on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 PM

That seat won’t go to the Dims – the district is too RED.

Now – if the GOP decides to eat it’s own and HELP the Dims win the seat – as they did with Todd Akin in MO – then yeah – Sanford could lose.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

And I presume the spineless Republican Party will be responding in kind to Dems’ attempts at rehabilitating Weiner? Right?

TheRightMan on April 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

that ethics-attack against him was rough.

And deserved.

I’ll be rooting for Colbert’s sister, and I doubt that I’d agree with her on much of anything. But when you have a guy that lies to the public, cheats on his wife, and engages in trespassing, I think that’s low enough to wish the best for Colbert and company.

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

And I presume the spineless Republican Party will be responding in kind to Dems’ attempts at rehabilitating Weiner? Right?

TheRightMan on April 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

When hell freezes over.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

But when you have a guy that lies to the public, cheats on his wife, and engages in trespassing, I think that’s low enough to wish the best for Colbert and company.

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

What does any of that have to do with casting a vote against an assault weapons ban? That’s all a congressman does – cast votes.

You could elect a piece of paper that says … “For the next two years this seat votes Conservative on everything” … and there you have Mark Sanford.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Brilliant. Understated. Very effective.

MustLoveBlogs on April 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I watched the ad.

It’s 100% correct.

Sanford is a slime.

portlandon on April 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Oh yes, let’s all thumb our noses at, and work against the conservative voters that have voted for Sanford. Surely we, at a distance from South Carolina know what’s best for the people who actually live there, know the man’s history better than any outsider, and voted for him in spite of his glaring faults.

And yes, let’s do work for Elizabeth Colbert-Busch whose proudest achievement thus far, according to her campaign website, is finagling federal dollars for really super-advanced, above the common fray wind turbine research. And oh yeah, she has a celebutard brother that makes a very good living mocking conservatives. Cool. Let’s get on board with that. Because self-righteous self-flagellation is so good for the conservative soul.

And it’s only one vote in a super safe Republican-controlled House of Representatives representing a nation of high-achieving free-marketeers.

Brilliant!

M240H on April 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Colbert Busch will soon be walking the Appalachian Trail and calling in to radio stations every day for interviews. It’ll be hilarious.

Sanford is an unbelievably easy candidate to beat, even in a R+10 matchup or whatever he’s got. All Busch has to do is avoid saying anything truthful,like “I really love socialism” and she’s in.

MTF on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Jenny Sanford is to blame for all of this.

Rusty Allen on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Why did we recycle this guy. I mean seriously Sanford, and why do these idiots run when their skeletons still have meat on them and are bursting out of their closets..

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM

The collective we didn’t recycle this guy. The stupid voters in and around Charleston did. While Sanford is a joke his opponent is a radical commie. The Republicans in SC brought this douche this far, they need to follow through and elect him.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Jenny Sanford is to blame for all of this.

Rusty Allen on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Why?

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

The Republicans in SC brought this douche this far, they need to follow through and elect him.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

No, I completely agree that once the douche wins the primary; he becomes our douche and we need to get him elected. I just don’t understand why we can’t get new blood into some of these seats.

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Brilliant. Understated. Very effective.

MustLoveBlogs on April 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Meh! Everybody knows Sanford’s story so it is as understated as Mooch tearing into the first lobster of the season- not so much. It is not brilliant because it just plays on this one story which, again, everybody knows. We will see how effective it is.

I suspect that the real game changer here is the unauthorized visit to Sullivan’s Island because everybody knew all of the Appalachian Trail story before the primaries.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

When consrvatives voiced their opposition to RINO candidates like Mccain and Romney we were vilified as helping to elect Democrats.Now conservative idiots are joining with RINOs to elect a liberal democrap and that’s okay.Such hypocrisy and stupidity.Sanford is solid conservative,Colbert Busch is a Pelosi liberalIf you can’t say anything good about Sanford(and I fully understand if you cannot) then at least just STFU.

redware on April 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I just don’t understand why we can’t get new blood into some of these seats.

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

.

I’m with you on that. I honestly think that 2014 may be a bellweather election that promises change. A lot depends on how many “Republicans” cave on immigration (with gays and guns being close seconds). I’m utterly disgusted with Rubio after his appearance on Rush this afternoon. He clearly thinks Republicans who care about social issues are idiots.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I’m with you on that. I honestly think that 2014 may be a bellweather election that promises change. A lot depends on how many “Republicans” cave on immigration (with gays and guns being close seconds). I’m utterly disgusted with Rubio after his appearance on Rush this afternoon. He clearly thinks Republicans who care about social issues are idiots.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

The problem is that I think Washington has become so insulated and “untouchable” that I don’t even think they realize what the blowback will be to an amnesty passing..

melle1228 on April 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Dems hit Sanford with a not-so-subtly Appalaichan Trail-themed ad: “Keep walking”

That’s “Appalachian,” not Appalaichan.

Call me a spelling nazi if you will, but it’s spelled wrong in the title and on the front page.

The tags for the post are spelled correctly, though. Just need to fix the title and front page.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Sanford is such an idiot! He should have registered as a Democrat and he’d be hailed as a reformed person ready to give back to his community. Slam dunk re-election guaranteed. The list of Democrat liars, philanderers and sex addicts is long and filled with many prominent members of that party.

in_awe on April 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Jenny Sanford is to blame for all of this.

Rusty Allen on April 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Why? Sanford is radioactive slime. Like Weiner he is driven by ego. These guys run for office because they can’t get a real job.

Tasha on April 18, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Brilliant!

M240H on April 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Just because Sanford is an “R”, doesn’t make him right.

His ego didn’t allow him to see how terrible it was for him to run for office again as a Republican. He knowingly ran knowing he had a hearing regarding a trespass order he broke.

portlandon on April 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Meh! Everybody knows Sanford’s story so it is as understated as Mooch tearing into the first lobster of the season- not so much. It is not brilliant because it just plays on this one story which, again, everybody knows

And therein lies its effectiveness. This spot very calmly stated the facts, and the voice-over tone was perfect. Granted, it’s what everyone already knows, but it’s a strong reminder in a nutshell.

MustLoveBlogs on April 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

… Just because Sanford is an “R”, doesn’t make him right….

portlandon on April 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

No, it doesn’t. But his sins haven’t kicked me in the wallet. Colbert-Busch views such footwork as a moral imperative.

M240H on April 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Well 240H and Honda (The Proud Self-professed Obama Voter) here’s the deal:
1) At one level it’s irrelevant; I don’t live in SC, so my voice doesn’t really count; but
2) Sanford is an idiot, and like I said before with these impulse control issues, I figure you’ll be seeing Mark Sanford explaining the dead intern in his office OR he’ll be blubbering on the House Floor about how he’s seen the Light and now sees the absolute need, the overwhelming Moral Imperative to raise your taxes, not repeal ObamaCare, support Gun Control, because he’s a loose cannon; and finally
3) IF we “reward” him he’ll just move onto Lindsey Graham’s seat…or something similar. Because we excused his bad behavior.

Just let him lose….and then in the R+11 seat we can run someone a little less crazy.

JFKY on April 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Let the Democrat win.

If she wins, we lose a seat for a year. If Sanford wins, he becomes the face of the Republican party and we lose a slew of seats next year. If you support Sanford, don’t start whining in two months about how – gasp! – the media is unfair with how much weight and mention it gives to Republican scumbags.

A House seat just isn’t worth it.

HitNRun on April 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Sorry, but if I was a voter in SC… I’d just stay home. Bear in mind that I’ve got no use whatsoever for what passes as a Democrat these days. But even so… I couldn’t pull the lever for Sanford. I’d hate myself for doing it.

Murf76 on April 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

No, it doesn’t. But his sins haven’t kicked me in the wallet. Colbert-Busch views such footwork as a moral imperative.

M240H on April 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

The problem is when you get a problem legislator in Congress with a ‘R’ next to his name, he or she becomes representative of all Republicans by the big media — think Mark Foley in 2006 or Todd Akin last year.

A Democrat nut job like Jim Traficant or Jim Moran can go on for years being idiotic or vile and they’re never called on it. Sanford, if elected, will be on 24/7/365 media watch, where anything he does might not just affect his own race in 2014, it might affect those of other Republicans in swing districts. That’s why his past actions showing he thinks the rules are made for other people and not him is worrisome, because unless you have the voting record of Ted Kennedy, the media will not let you get away with acting like Ted Kennedy.

jon1979 on April 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Let the Dems have the seat. 1/435th of one-half of one-third of the federal government isn’t worth it. We will retake the seat in 2014. If we have to support people like Mark Sanford, what do we really stand for?

Ala Pundit on April 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

What does any of that have to do with casting a vote against an assault weapons ban? That’s all a congressman does – cast votes.

You could elect a piece of paper that says … “For the next two years this seat votes Conservative on everything” … and there you have Mark Sanford.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

We’ve still got a 30ish seat margin in the House even if we lose this one so the balance of power won’t be tipped and that vote she casts for the assault weapons ban just means it’s all the more certain she loses next year. I’d rather send Sanford packing now and try to find another Tim Scott in 2014 than let Sanford occupy a safe seat which could be set up for another rising young star.

alchemist19 on April 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

JFKY on April 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I would add one to your list.

If Sanford gets back in Congress then every lefty TV host, reporter and news anchor will extend a permanent invitation to him to sit in front of a TV camera and open his mouth. The left will turn him into a spokesman for the Republican Party and conservatism in advance of the next War on Women.

alchemist19 on April 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I’m Anthony Weiner and i approve this message…

mad saint jack on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Brilliant!

M240H on April 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Why the Rs are always the stupid party.

Jenny regrets not running…on the D ticket.

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

What does any of that have to do with casting a vote against an assault weapons ban? That’s all a congressman does – cast votes.

You could elect a piece of paper that says … “For the next two years this seat votes Conservative on everything” … and there you have Mark Sanford.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Well, Sanford also steals from the taxpayers, lies to them and goes missing for days on end-but, hey, maybe he wouldn’t do that when any major votes were coming up because he has such high moral character and strong impulse control.

A piece of paper wouldn’t lie, wouldn’t steal, and presumably wouldn’t run off to South America on taxpayer money-but, if you think those qualities make a good Congressman, climb on board the Sanford wagon.

talkingpoints on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Sanford’s a punk and a disgrace to the Republican Party and American Conservative values.

Besides, if the sheeple want Mr. way cool, super awesome, oh-so-funny and infinitely witty Colbert’s sis, then they they can have her.

In fact, let the Dems control the Senate and let’s get this nightmare over with.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Mark Sanford should have just disappeared. Sorry, but some politicians (of both parties) just need to go home, quit, get out of the public eye.

I still believe that politicians have something in their DNA that makes them run for office. Ego is required b/c they’re attacked so much, but is it the same ego that makes them return again and again and again when they should just go away?

MN J on April 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

When RINOs join us in kicking out the likes of McCain, Graham, and all the other squishes in the party then… we can sit down and talk about kicking out Sanford for his “sins”.

Why do I have this feeling that the likes of Rove and the other establishment “journalists” will be pulling strongly for Sanford if he was an establishment squish?

TheRightMan on April 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I see two choices.

1) Sanford gets elected, becomes an incumbent, and is a drag on Republicans and a joke for a decade or more.

2) Sanford loses, and in 2014 another Republican takes the seat… because it is a Red district after all.

How is keeping Sanford around a net benefit? We need more shady untrustworthy Republicans who put themselves first? We want to keep this joke in the public eye tied to the GOP for years?

And what is the risk? What do we lose if Sanford loses?

One seat until 2014… you think we’ll lose the House BEFORE 2014 without that seat? How does that happen?

He wins, fine… I’m not living there and it’s not the end of the world; but neither is him losing. Given the baggage we’d have keeping him around I’m not going to cry over him losing.

He’s not the 51′st senate seat or the 60tyh Senate seat or anything close to game-changing. That seat from now to 2014 isn’t so critical I see keeping him as a boon for the GOP.

YMMV

gekkobear on April 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

In this new world, personal ethics have no place in politics. After Clinton and his spirited defense (and reelection) by Democrats, they cannot throw any stones in this matter without being hypocrites.

Yes, Mark Sanford lied, and yet Bill Clinton lied a similar lie and now commands speaking fees for each speech equal to my yearly salary.

Hey, Monica — where are ya when I need ya?

unclesmrgol on April 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Well, Sanford also steals from the taxpayers, lies to them and goes missing for days on end-but, hey, maybe he wouldn’t do that when any major votes were coming up because he has such high moral character and strong impulse control.

talkingpoints on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Those qualities made a good President.

unclesmrgol on April 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

This fiasco in South Carolina is just one example of why the GOP can’t take back the Senate.

They need to start nominating people are intelligent, courageous, and show leadership. This BS about “dogmatic,” “paid his dues” or “has name recognition” is a recipe for Losers.

EdmundBurke247 on April 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM