For years, political observers have pictured the opposition ad hitting former Gov. Mark Sanford for his disappearance and “hike on the Appalachian Trail.” Well, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has made that ad. With soft piano music playing over shadowy video of a man walking outside, the ad opens, “Mark Sanford walked out on us. Violated our trust,” before recounting the ethics violations that clouded the final years of Sanford’s term as governor. With the man hiking off into the distance, the male narrator asks, “Now he wants our trust again? Maybe Mark Sanford should just keep walking.”
Majority PAC is also on the air with an attack ad decidedly less ominous, but rather poking fun at Mark Sanford over charges billed to the state for international travel and on the state-owned plane in 2009. “Welcome to Air Sanford, Governor Sanford’s taxpayer-fueled spending spree,” the ad says.
Sanford’s 30-second spot hits Elizabeth Colbert Busch for donations from labor unions, questioning the Democrat over her business acumen, one of the tentpole principles of her campaign so far, “Elizabeth Colbert Busch says she knows jobs and will be independent, but she’s not telling you that she’s supported by labor unions.” The ad cites $26,000 Colbert Busch has received from union organizations (“nearly $30,000,” the ad says), “even from the union that tried to shut down Boeing.” Sanford contrasts Colbert Busch with his own “better approach,” plugging his balanced budget policy talking point.
Colbert Busch and Sanford face each other in the May 7 special election.