Teddy Turner – son of media mogul Ted Turner – met with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in Washington, D.C. this week. The meeting – part of a trip to the nation’s capital scheduled by Turner last week – came one day after a video briefly surfaced on the internet in which Turner claimed he had trouble relating to black people.
Turner is one of sixteen Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat vacated by Scott last month. Scott is the only African-American in the U.S. Senate.
“Tim is not like a lot of us,” Turner said in the clip, according to reporter Gina Smith of The (Hilton Head) Island Packet. “Tim is black. I have black students that I work with all the time, and I try to talk to them and relate to them, and it’s very hard for me to do.”
(To read our story on the video – which was removed from the web not long after it was posted – click here).
“Teddy visited with Tim Scott soon after the video clip was removed from the internet,” Turner campaign manager Michael Smith tells FITS. “Senator Scott expressed that he was not offended. He understood the clip was engineered to mischaracterize the thoughts Teddy was conveying about the importance of engaging all Americas – not just those who have traditionally been easiest to attract to the Republican party – while commending Senator Scott for his work (in) attracting so many new supporters of the GOP.”
Meanwhile Palmetto politicos are buzzing over who may have posted the video – and in a race with fifteen other GOP candidates (not to mention a presumed Democratic nominee), there is no shortage of suspects.