Slumping Mark Sanford ‘Debates’ Picture of Nancy Pelosi
In a move out of the Clint Eastwood political playbook, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) engaged in a public “debate” on Wednesday with a life-size picture of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while accusing Elizabeth Colbert Busch, his opponent in a May 7 congressional election, of ducking him.
“Since Elizabeth won’t debate, I’m allowed to debate Nancy,” Sanford said, before asking “Pelosi” to comment on allegations the National Labor Relations Board was moving to block a move by aircraft maker Boeing to build a plant in South Carolina. Sanford’s successor, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) signed a deal worth $120 million in incentives on Wednesday for the company to expand its operations in the state.
According to The Hill, Sanford also accused Busch of running a “stealth campaign.”
“Since Elizabeth Colbert Busch refuses to articulate her views publicly, we are left to draw inferences for what she stands for on the basis of the groups that have made substantial monetary investments on her behalf,” he said.
Reuters reported on Monday that Colbert Busch leads Sanford by 9 points among likely voters.