Pair of opposition websites sprout as SC-1 race kicks off

"Words With Elizabeth" meets "Should I Trust Sanford"

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With the ballots set in the May 7 1st District special election, opponents of the Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch campaigns are making a push online with a pair of quick-hit, issue-based websites, each designed to discredit the competition.

The National Republican Campaign Committee launched WordsWithElizabeth.com on Monday
  • WordsWithElizabeth.com
  • The National Republican Campaign Committee launched WordsWithElizabeth.com on Monday
On Monday, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) launched WordsWithElizabeth.com, a nod to the popular social game Words with Friends, depicting a game between President Barack Obama and Elizabeth Colbert Busch. On the board, the two have played words such as "Vacay", "Obamacare", and "Rubberstamp." The NRCC, the national committee that works to elect Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives, has criticized Colbert Busch repeatedly in recent weeks over her "liberal, Obama-policy loving ways" in rapid response press releases distributed to the media.

"Words with Elizabeth" also depicts the Democratic nominee as playing national Democratic leaders such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden as well as liberal radio and TV host Ed Schultz and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Other suggested games include "Crazy Birds," "Jobs Ninja," and "Spending Run," all veiled references to popular mobile games.

No word yet on which version of the game the NRCC is playing where "rubberstamp" would be a legal move.

Give me some reasons why...
  • ShouldITrustSanford.com
  • Give me some reasons why...
Also popping up over the weekend was ShouldITrustSanford.com, created by Colbert Busch supporter Jason Parker, a Charleston-based MUSC employee. Parker told the City Paper via email that he developed the website "completely on my own" without any affiliation with Colbert Busch, but that he remains "generally supportive" of her campaign.

The site answers the question posed by its URL, "Should I trust Sanford?" with a large "No." in red letters, linking to the Wikipedia entry detailing former Gov. Mark Sanford's trip to Argentina and affair with now fiancée Maria Belen. Another link reading, "Give me some reasons why," takes visitors to a page showing the most recent Twitter posts using the #stopsanford hashtag and Parker's @SanfordFacts Twitter account. "I created the site after Sanford won the primary because I feel strongly that he fundamentally violated the trust of all South Carolinians and has not earned it back," Parker says, "When I thought that Mark Sanford might actually be our next representative, I felt like I had to do something. So I did."

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