Yahoo News asked South Carolina voters to share whom they're backing in Tuesday's U.S. House election -- Mark Sanford or Elizabeth Colbert Busch, or if they're abstaining. Here's one voter's perspective.
FIRST PERSON | Tuesday marks the special election to decide who will represent my home of Summerville, S.C., and the first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jim DeMint, one of my favorite senators, resigned from the Senate four years before the end of his term. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed my congressman, Tim Scott, to take DeMint's place in the Senate, which made this special election necessary.
The Democratic nominee is Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert. She is running as a moderate in this district, which has voted for a Republican for Congress every time since 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected.
In the debate with Sanford last week, Colbert Busch confirmed her full support of the liberal agenda: She's pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-big union, and she also seems to be pro-gun control. These are things neither I nor a majority of people in Summerville or the rest of the district support. Sadly, she seems nothing more than a woman of slogans who is blindly for jobs. In addition, if she is elected in 2014, she would vote for Nancy Pelosi for House speaker. Therefore, she deserves no consideration of my vote.
I am not thrilled either about Mark Sanford either. I was previously impressed with him and his low-spending, waste-cutting, government-reducing platform. I voted for him every time I could, which was three times for Congress in the 1990s and twice for governor of South Carolina in 2002 and 2006. I can forgive him for his adultery in 2009. However, he disappeared and left his post when he went to Argentina to visit his mistress. This is unacceptable. There were better candidates in the primary for whom I voted. I am disappointed that Sanford was the nominee.
The bottom line: I cannot support either candidate. I am going to cast a "protest" vote for Eugene Platt, the Green Party candidate. I certainly do not agree with many positions of the Green Party. However, I am glad Platt was on the ballot, so I could still vote and show my displeasure with the Democratic and Republican parties.
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