Monday letters: No clear choice in congressional race

April 29, 2013 

Candidates for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District former SC Gov. Mark Sanford, left, and Elizabeth Colbert Busch

BRUCE SMITH — AP

This year’s 1st Congressional District election will be gut-wrenching for voters. On the one hand, we have a Republican who hopes we will all place our trust in him again after repeated, embarrassing lapses in judgment. On the Democratic side, we have a person who we know little about except that her brother is a left-leaning comedian. She describes herself as a “moderate” whose main goal is to create jobs for the state. In other words, trust me, I am an unproven politician.

The Republican’s political ads that I have heard describe how his opponent is controlled by labor unions. The Democrat’s political ads describe how moderate she will be. How can I believe either one of these candidates?

All I know for sure is that the winner will receive an annual paycheck of $174,000, which, since we are paying, seems a gross overpayment. Many of us will stay home on May 7 because the choices are so unclear. If I do vote, it will be because I am more concerned about the Democratic Party’s policies than the Republican candidate’s apparent lack of character.

Don Sealey

Bluffton

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