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Colbert Busch Appears to Prefer a . . . Selective Campaigning Schedule


How much will voters in South Carolina’s first congressional district see of Elizabeth Colbert Busch before Election Day?

Next week’s debate at the Medical University of South Carolina, sponsored by the AARP and Channel 2, is now canceled. Mark Sanford’s campaign says he was game. Her campaign is Tweeting an announcement for a debate later in the month, on April 29, so presumably she’ll attend that one. The Sanford campaign proposed two other debates — one on CNN, the other sponsored by the Rotary Club of Charleston — and says they’re still waiting to hear if Colbert Busch will agree.

Then there are these inconvenient points in a mostly glowing article in the Charleston Post & Courier:

Colbert Busch’s only public Charleston event this week was a call into her West Ashley campaign office . . .

The call lasted just a few minutes, but Jim Pierson, a Colbert Busch volunteer from James Island, said he thought it was an effective message.

When Colbert Busch held a kick-off event this month at an assisted-living center on Johns Island, a dozen elderly residents sipped champagne as they listened to Colbert Busch give a cheerful, brief speech.

She didn’t talk about federal policies or campaign issues. Instead, she just celebrated her primary win, thanked them for inviting her back, and she said she would keep them in her thoughts.

However, she did tour a hospital today.

Tags: Elizabeth Colbert Busch , Mark Sanford


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