Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (Image: Clemson University)
(CBS News) -- One of the wildest political races in the country is
taking place in South Carolina. That's where a congressional campaign is
bringing out a rich cast of characters.
South Carolina is known for its politics, but this race may top them
all. It's a free-for-all election filled with a colorful, controversial
cast of 18 candidates, and they're all slugging it out for the state's
one congressional seat.
On the Republican side: two stand
out. There's the political novice in high school economics teacher
Teddy Turner, He's the son, you guessed it -- of eccentric media mogul
Ted Turner. Teddy Turner said of his father, "He's a pretty big liberal
these days. But you know it shouldn't hurt you, but it does because
people won't let me escape it."
And then there's the
establishment candidate: disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford, seeking
redemption. Sanford has said, "I've never really failed in life, in
something of significance. And boy, I made up for lost time. I failed
Sanford is a front-runner despite his public
admission of an affair which prompted his wife to leave the governor's
mansion with their four sons and divorce him. He consulted each of them
before deciding to run for the seat he once held. Referring to his
family, he said, "They said, 'No dad, you've got to do it. Here's a
chance for you to try and make a difference and you ought to.' So here I
But the other candidates aren't as forgiving --
like Turner, who used to work for the media company his father founded
and sounds as almost outspoken. Turner told CBS News, "I have no problem
with him being unfaithful. That's between his ex-wife and the good
Lord. What he did do was abandon the state. What he did do was become
the highest fined politician in South Carolina history."
the Democratic side: one candidate brings her own unique star power.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the older sister of television comedian Stephen
Colbert, who's her loudest cheerleader and fundraiser.
a video made by Colbert, he jokes, "As a broadcast journalist, I am
obligated to maintain objectivity. It doesn't matter that my sister is
intelligent, hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated to the people of
A single mother of three and a
businesswoman, Colbert Busch now works for Clemson University. And like
Sanford, knows struggle. Busch said, "When I was a young girl, I lost my
father and two brothers, and it was a very deep sudden loss in a plane
crash. But when I came home, I saw the most powerful, wonderful
courageous woman: my mother. Even your struggles become a blessing. This
is what my mother taught me. Keep one foot in front of the other."
As for Sanford, he asked his ex-wife Jenny to run his campaign. She
declined, but Sanford told CBS News' Jan Crawford that everything he
went through has made him a more humble, compassionate person. He says
that's going to make him a better lawmaker if he's elected. Sanford is
expected to face a Republican runoff in April. The Republican and
Democrat will then face off in May.