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#TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C.

Posted on | March 25, 2013 | 28 Comments

The South Carolina runoff is a week from Tuesday and time is of the essence:

If South Carolina Republicans nominate disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford in the First District special election, it would be “an off-year election gift” to “the late-night comedians and political press,” Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics wrote Friday. And given that the Democrats have nominated Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, the campaign to fill the congressional seat vacated by the appointment of Tim Scott to the Senate is sure to attract national attention.
The only hope for the GOP to keep the scandal-stained Sanford from becoming the “face” of the party leading up to the May 7 election lies with Curtis Bostic, the former Charleston city councilman who placed second in the March 19 primary and will meet Sanford in the April 2 runoff. . . .

Read the whole thing at ViralRead. You should also read Matt Vespa’s Red State article comparing Curtis Bostic to Ted Cruz and Jennifer Rubin’s Washington Post item explaining that Republicans “are absolutely in danger of losing the seat” if they nominate Sanford.

To show your support on Twitter, use the #Trust Curtis hashtag and please help promote the campaign’s emergency appeal at This might be a good time for a road trip . . .



28 Responses to “#TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C.”

  1. rsmccain
    March 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM #TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C. #TCOT

  2. Zilla of the Resistance
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    This might be a good time for a road trip . . .

    Stacy, you forgot to add the “Shoeleather Fund” graphic to encourage your less broke than me readers to HTFTJ.

  3. Illiberalality
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM #TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C. #TCOT

  4. Mike G.
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Bostic has a long row to hoe to beat Sandford. I hope he does, but as someone else posited in the previous thread, it would take a large portion of the 63% who didn’t vote for Sandford to carry it off.

    Adjoran who is closer to that voting district probably has a better handle on it than me, though.

  5. fadboo
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM #TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C. #TCOT

  6. robertstacymccain
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Actually, there was enough left from my Matthew Yglesias beatdown that I don’t have to rattle the tip jar today. Give the money to Curtis. Maybe I’ll hit y’all up for the return trip.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Adjoran, is it true Sanford is outraising Bostic 15:1?

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 25th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Did Little Matthew Yglesias say “No mas, No mas” to you?

  9. Adjoran
    March 25th, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    As of the last reporting, yes. And more than half of Bostic’s money comes from a single wealthy family – from Kentucky.

  10. Adjoran
    March 25th, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Bostic IS the establishment hope in this race. He’s never cut spending, proposed to cut spending, or fought for a single reform in government.

    You don’t like Sanford, I get it. That is no reason to pretend Bostic is some Tea Party guy, he isn’t (other than what he may have suddenly discovered to say to draw out of state support).

    Special elections and even moreso run-offs to special election primaries get extremely low turnout. The fact is the backers of the 16 candidates who didn’t make the run-off have little incentive to participate, and the turnout was under 16% for the primary.

    Democrats who did not vote in their primary may turn out to vote for Bostic, figuring that gives Colbert Busch a better chance. Her ads are pretty good, emphasizing job creation, never mentioning that she’s a Democrat, and not adopting the phony French pronunciation of Colbert.

  11. DaveO
    March 25th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Sanford wins the nomination, Bostic could run as an independent. Most of Sanford’s money is coming from Busch supporters – it is a successful tactic.

  12. Adjoran
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    Only one member of Congress returned expense money to the Treasury each year of the six Sanford was there. HINT: it was NOT Ron Paul.

    Only one candidate in this run-off has ever proposed to cut spending. Guess who?

    The GOP Establishment in SC has always hated Sanford. His reforms threatened to expose their corruption and his vetoes and cost-cutting threatened their big spending ways – which, incidentally, were never criticized publicly by Bostic.

    BTW, Bostic was on Charleston COUNTY Council, not City Council. But what would be the point of accuracy in the details, eh?

  13. Adjoran
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    One other thing: why does no one mention what Bostic does for a living? Everyone knows Sanford made a fortune in real estate, but had a head start from his father’s success in the field.

    Is it because he’s a trial lawyer who trolls the TV for car accident victims?

  14. patriot101
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM #TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C. #TCOT

  15. Jn8:32
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Adjoran – Actually only a very small portion of the Bostic Law firm’s business is personal injury work. If you want to know what this “successful trial lawyer” does with his wealth, go to and find out.

  16. Jn8:32
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    You are the first one I’ve seen say that Sanford has a better chance against Colbert-Busch than Bostic. How is this possible with all of his baggage? Also, there is a very large Evangelical Christian population here that will NOT support Mark Sanford under any circumstances. He has no appeal at all with the Christian community and other social conservatives. Because of this, he is far more vulnerable to Colbert-Busch than Bostic.

    There’s actually a lot at stake in this election. For the first time in my life, I’m hearing Republicans actually arguing that “morality doesn’t matter”, “the sanctity of marriage doesn’t matter”, “what someone does in private is their own business”, etc. This has always been the territory of democrats! If Sanford wins, and this attitude takes hold in the party, it will be the death of the Republican party.

  17. richard mcenroe
    March 25th, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    OK, pimpin’ Curtis. Not at all worried I seem to be the first and only donor.

  18. della1946
    March 25th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM #TrustCurtis @Bostic4Congress Campaign Has Eight Days to Stop Sanford in S.C. #TCOT

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  20. Quartermaster
    March 25th, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    If Sanford gets the nod, then I expect the GOP to lose the seat.

  21. Thane_Eichenauer
    March 25th, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I realize that Curtis Bostic is quite an interesting news topic but isn’t there any additional news on US Senator Bob Menendez? You said “Expect more, soon.” back on February 4th. Should anybody expect a status update?

  22. Taxpayer1234
    March 25th, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    Did I hear Stacy say “road trip”? I just LURVE the gonzo road trip reporting!!!

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