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Mark Sanford’s $320,000 Question

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is asking businesses in the South Carolina Lowcountry what his congressional campaign refers to as a “$320,000 question.” Namely … Could you create more than one job with $320,000? Sanford’s interrogative comes (not surprisingly) at the expense of Elizabeth Colbert-Busch – his Democratic opponent in…

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is asking businesses in the South Carolina Lowcountry what his congressional campaign refers to as a “$320,000 question.”

Namely …

Could you create more than one job with $320,000?

Sanford’s interrogative comes (not surprisingly) at the expense of Elizabeth Colbert-Busch – his Democratic opponent in next month’s special election for the state’s first congressional district. Colbert-Busch, as it turns out, has been a major proponent of Clemson University’s $98 million taxpayer-funded wind turbine testing center.

Remember that? No? Here’s a refresher …

Colbert-Busch, a former six-figure bureaucrat at Clemson, not only supports this facility – she supported federal taxpayers shelling out $43 million worth of “stimulus” funds on it. And according to the administration of Barack Obama, that $43 million investment only “saved or created” 134.12 jobs.

Hence the $320,000 per job figure …

“I have no doubt they’re doing some great research over at the Drivetrain Institute, but to me it comes back to the ideas of return on investment, and the proper role of government in the economy,” Sanford said in a statement. “Some believe that it’s government’s role to try and drive the economy, but as we all saw back in 2009 it just didn’t work, and some would argue it actually prolonged our recovery because it froze would-be investors who wondered when the next bailout would take place. I believe a key difference in this race is going to be whether one believes it is small business that drives the economy, or whether one believes it is government borrowing that does so, and I look forward to having that debate with my opponent over the coming weeks.”

Sanford’s criticism comes less than a month after a new report raised fresh doubts about the viability of wind power – which is currently undergoing a less-than-encouraging trial run in Germany.

Sanford and Colbert-Busch will face off on May 7 in a special election to determine who will fill the seat vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. According to recent polls, Colbert-Busch enters the race as a slight favorite over Sanford despite the strong “Republican” lean of the district.

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62 comments

Fleet April 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

How about a figure on what Sanford’s term as governor cost the taxpayers?

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Smirks April 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

His previous stint in Congress too. He’s cost America quite a hunk of change to create the only job that matters to him: his.

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McCoy April 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

If you think “black and white” that the republican party “fiscally conservative” and the democrat party is “tax and spend,” then you are myopic.

I like David Brooks’ measured judgment of both parties, including his head-shaking that Congress has become disfunctional in large part because it is so partisan.

Sanford can also be criticized for his unethical behavior — having to repay taxpayers $76,000 for his junket to Argentina.

S.C. is ranked as having the “5th most corrupt state government” by http://www.stateintegrity.org.

Many things involving Clemson are political boondoggles — including this one — but Sanford has no high ground.

I’m voting for change — ECB.

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Porky Pig April 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

FITS calls Colbert Bush is called a 6-digit government bureaucrat.

Sanford wants to be a 6-digit government employee.

Let Sanford go back to CNN or to his farm to drive the tractor at night in circles digging random holes with the backhoe implement.

That is one weird man.

Of the two nut-wings, I’ll take Colbert Bush.

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Tyrone Goldnuts April 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Bravo !!

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Fleet April 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

How about a figure on what Sanford’s term as governor cost the taxpayers?

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Smirks April 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

His previous stint in Congress too. He’s cost America quite a hunk of change to create the only job that matters to him: his.

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McCoy April 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

If you think “black and white” that the republican party “fiscally conservative” and the democrat party is “tax and spend,” then you are myopic.

I like David Brooks’ measured judgment of both parties, including his head-shaking that Congress has become disfunctional in large part because it is so partisan.

Sanford can also be criticized for his unethical behavior — having to repay taxpayers $76,000 for his junket to Argentina.

S.C. is ranked as having the “5th most corrupt state government” by http://www.stateintegrity.org.

Many things involving Clemson are political boondoggles — including this one — but Sanford has no high ground.

I’m voting for change — ECB.

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Porky Pig April 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

FITS calls Colbert Bush is called a 6-digit government bureaucrat.

Sanford wants to be a 6-digit government employee.

Let Sanford go back to CNN or to his farm to drive the tractor at night in circles digging random holes with the backhoe implement.

That is one weird man.

Of the two nut-wings, I’ll take Colbert Bush.

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Tyrone Goldnuts April 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Bravo !!

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Sanford had EIGHT years to stand in the way of Green Nazis, and they just became more emboldened, while he was hiking…

Why is he making it an issue only when he wants votes????

FITS told us in Nov. 2012, the incumbent is the same as the challenger. While he was WRONG then, I think that IS the case in the SC-1 race..except we KNOW what Sanford’ll do…maybe the challenger will do the right thing…

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Sanford had EIGHT years to stand in the way of Green Nazis, and they just became more emboldened, while he was hiking…

Why is he making it an issue only when he wants votes????

FITS told us in Nov. 2012, the incumbent is the same as the challenger. While he was WRONG then, I think that IS the case in the SC-1 race..except we KNOW what Sanford’ll do…maybe the challenger will do the right thing…

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CNSYD April 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Dang, Sic Willie didn’t tell us, again, that ECB is Stephen Colbert’s sister. Did the family have a “break up” or something?

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Sailor April 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I noticed that too. He must have had a brain fart!

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CNSYD April 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Dang, Sic Willie didn’t tell us, again, that ECB is Stephen Colbert’s sister. Did the family have a “break up” or something?

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Sailor April 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I noticed that too. He must have had a brain fart!

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Smirks April 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Sanford is vying for a $174k/year job for two years. Or, in other words, Sanford is only going to create one job with more than $320k over the next two years by winning the election. And that’s not including any additional terms, or whatever junkets the Luv Guv takes to various foreign countries to bone exotic women, or whatever spending he votes yes on to please his fellow GOP miscreants.

What a fucking bonehead. Talk out of your ass some more, Sanfraud.

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Bravo Smirks. Very Smart response. Home Run!!!!..
The challenger needs to use that one…

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Thebeachisback April 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Yep!!!!!

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Smirks April 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Sanford is vying for a $174k/year job for two years. Or, in other words, Sanford is only going to create one job with more than $320k over the next two years by winning the election. And that’s not including any additional terms, or whatever junkets the Luv Guv takes to various foreign countries to bone exotic women, or whatever spending he votes yes on to please his fellow GOP miscreants.

What a fucking bonehead. Talk out of your ass some more, Sanfraud.

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Bravo Smirks. Very Smart response. Home Run!!!!..
The challenger needs to use that one…

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Thebeachisback April 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Yep!!!!!

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CNSYD April 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

What does Sanfraud have to say about ICAR? So far crickets.

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CNSYD April 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

What does Sanfraud have to say about ICAR? So far crickets.

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jimlewisowb April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

For an individual to have never held elective office before , it appears that cockroaching comes natural to Ms. Busch.

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jimlewisowb April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

For an individual to have never held elective office before , it appears that cockroaching comes natural to Ms. Busch.

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Why does FITS and Sanford only Cherry-pick evidence of Liberal Stupidity and waste???
Liberalism, Corruption and Lies are THE MAJOR PROBLEM.
Half the time FITS and Sanford, coveting pop culture admiration, are in lockstep w/ the Leftwing Nazis.
It’s why we have Obama in the White House.
Deciding to stand up against leftwing ignorance one time DOES NOT GET IT…
We need a Hero, not a career politician, trying to relive his Ho-Chasin’ past glory…
Too little, too late Sanford.

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Voting Democrat and Loving It April 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Nazis are right-wing; they are fascists. You stupid boy. Go back to school, ignoramus.

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

You may be the FIRST to insinuate Obama and the liberals as Right Wiing…because they are Fascists and Nazi…

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Thebeachisback April 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Nazi—really, dumbass!!!!!!!

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Why does FITS and Sanford only Cherry-pick evidence of Liberal Stupidity and waste???
Liberalism, Corruption and Lies are THE MAJOR PROBLEM.
Half the time FITS and Sanford, coveting pop culture admiration, are in lockstep w/ the Leftwing Nazis.
It’s why we have Obama in the White House.
Deciding to stand up against leftwing ignorance one time DOES NOT GET IT…
We need a Hero, not a career politician, trying to relive his Ho-Chasin’ past glory…
Too little, too late Sanford.

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Voting Democrat and Loving It April 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Nazis are right-wing; they are fascists. You stupid boy. Go back to school, ignoramus.

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BigT April 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

You may be the FIRST to insinuate Obama and the liberals as Right Wiing…because they are Fascists and Nazi…

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Thebeachisback April 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Nazi—really, dumbass!!!!!!!

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annefair April 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Sanford has been a gov’t titty baby for fifteen years,what has he ever done besides send sled to “the farm” to pick up his boots?

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annefair April 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Sanford has been a gov’t titty baby for fifteen years,what has he ever done besides send sled to “the farm” to pick up his boots?

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BushCheney2012 April 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

If Jenny Sanford hadn’t let herself go… Then Gov Sanford would not have had to “outsource” their martial relations to Argentina! She’s a typical lazy “entitled” US worker!

Besides, Sanford respects our Tea Party Patriot values. He doesn’t waste our hard earned tax dollars on trips to Argentina to “hook up” with some ho!

Question to my fellow Tea Party Patriots – If Sanford’s mistress gets preggers, is it an anchor baby????

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BushCheney2016forMerica April 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

If Jenny Sanford hadn’t let herself go… Then Gov Sanford would not have had to “outsource” their martial relations to Argentina! She’s a typical lazy “entitled” US worker!

Besides, Sanford respects our Tea Party Patriot values. He doesn’t waste our hard earned tax dollars on trips to Argentina to “hook up” with some ho!

Question to my fellow Tea Party Patriots – If Sanford’s mistress gets preggers, is it an anchor baby????

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Philip Branton April 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Well…..welll…….welllllll……..
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, just like clockwork…….Ol’ Sic Willie pulls a Brian Hicks and foists an article that clearly illustrates how psychological war fare is used right here on our home front…!!
Yes….is this test facility a waste of tax payer money…yep..!! But WHY is it a waste..?? Just think jury…would any company be able to put up a wind tower without certain liability INSURANCE and warranty..??
This article FAILS to also illustrate how much American blood is used to protect FOREIGN OIL and oil industrial complex tentacles..!? How much cost to our military actually subsidizes the security of protecting OIL fields..!? Compare that to how much is spent protecting Wind Turbines..??
It is clear that by not addressing our centralized energy slavery, that both Sanford and Busch both are slave masters for the OIL complex…!!!

Is it not stunning jury members how Fitsnews writes this article JUST like John Monk and Brian Hicks would write…????

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Philip Branton April 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Well…..welll…….welllllll……..
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, just like clockwork…….Ol’ Sic Willie pulls a Brian Hicks and foists an article that clearly illustrates how psychological war fare is used right here on our home front…!!
Yes….is this test facility a waste of tax payer money…yep..!! But WHY is it a waste..?? Just think jury…would any company be able to put up a wind tower without certain liability INSURANCE and warranty..??
This article FAILS to also illustrate how much American blood is used to protect FOREIGN OIL and oil industrial complex tentacles..!? How much cost to our military actually subsidizes the security of protecting OIL fields..!? Compare that to how much is spent protecting Wind Turbines..??
It is clear that by not addressing our centralized energy slavery, that both Sanford and Busch both are slave masters for the OIL complex…!!!

Is it not stunning jury members how Fitsnews writes this article JUST like John Monk and Brian Hicks would write…????

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lowcorider April 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Sanford, a former six figure taxpayer funded bureaucrat adulterous conniving liar. And we got nothing in return.
ECB has worked to bring technology and innovation to SC. Sanford showed us two pigs of which both enjoyed taking a giant shit on his trousers.

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Lowcorider April 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Sanford, a former six figure taxpayer funded bureaucrat adulterous conniving liar. And we got nothing in return.
ECB has worked to bring technology and innovation to SC. Sanford showed us two pigs of which both enjoyed taking a giant shit on his trousers.

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BinxBolling April 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

From an article about Sanford’s comments today: “Sanford’s comments came during a visit to a Mount Pleasant branch of Lyerly’s Cleaners, where he carried in a load of his own dirty laundry, towels and shirts.”

I have to hand it to Sanford — staging an impromptu news conference at a trip to the cleaners is an old school move. I don’t think you see that kind of faux-folksiness enough these days.

(And dirty laundry…at a place called “Lyerly’s”? It’s almost like Marky Mark’s subconscious can’t help but make this the perfect joke. We just need his next stop to be at an outdoor outfitters as he picks up some used hiking gear. Because he’s thrifty, of course.)

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BinxBolling April 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

From an article about Sanford’s comments today: “Sanford’s comments came during a visit to a Mount Pleasant branch of Lyerly’s Cleaners, where he carried in a load of his own dirty laundry, towels and shirts.”

I have to hand it to Sanford — staging an impromptu news conference at a trip to the cleaners is an old school move. I don’t think you see that kind of faux-folksiness enough these days.

(And dirty laundry…at a place called “Lyerly’s”? It’s almost like Marky Mark’s subconscious can’t help but make this the perfect joke. We just need his next stop to be at an outdoor outfitters as he picks up some used hiking gear. Because he’s thrifty, of course.)

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This just in . . . April 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Republicans Call for Tougher Sanctions on Beyoncé

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — Arguing that their recent trip to Cuba had made them “America’s No. 1 national-security threat,” a group of Republican lawmakers today called for tougher sanctions on the entertainers Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

“We must send a strong message to Beyoncé and Jay-Z that the United States of America will not tolerate this kind of provocation,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), who blamed President Obama for “permitting the crisis to escalate dangerously.”

“While the President has allowed himself to be distracted by North Korea, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were engaged in threatening activities right inour own hemisphere,” he said, charging the President with being “soft on Beyoncé.”

Echoing his sentiments, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called for the “toughest economic sanctions possible to isolate the growing threat posed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.”

But while economic sanctions may be politically popular, White House spokesman Jay Carney cautioned that they would probably have little to no effect: “Right now, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have more money than the U.S. government does.”

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This just in . . . April 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Republicans Call for Tougher Sanctions on Beyoncé

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — Arguing that their recent trip to Cuba had made them “America’s No. 1 national-security threat,” a group of Republican lawmakers today called for tougher sanctions on the entertainers Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

“We must send a strong message to Beyoncé and Jay-Z that the United States of America will not tolerate this kind of provocation,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), who blamed President Obama for “permitting the crisis to escalate dangerously.”

“While the President has allowed himself to be distracted by North Korea, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were engaged in threatening activities right inour own hemisphere,” he said, charging the President with being “soft on Beyoncé.”

Echoing his sentiments, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called for the “toughest economic sanctions possible to isolate the growing threat posed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.”

But while economic sanctions may be politically popular, White House spokesman Jay Carney cautioned that they would probably have little to no effect: “Right now, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have more money than the U.S. government does.”

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lowcorider April 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

She has a one word reply. Boeing.

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Lowcorider April 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

She has a one word reply. Boeing.

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Recovering Lobbyist April 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

As Governor Mark Sanford took about $20 million in Federal stimulus money, something he said he would not do and hopes we will ignore. That money had strings attached. The result is that our state is now under a new Energy Efficiency Code, a mandate of taking the stimulus money. That new building code is adding about $2,500 to the cost of every new home, not to mention its impact on non-residential construction. Vote record, not party.

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Indeed, Sanford is running adds saying he didn’t take the money. A clear lie. The guy can’t help himself.

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Recovering Lobbyist April 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

As Governor Mark Sanford took about $20 million in Federal stimulus money, something he said he would not do and hopes we will ignore. That money had strings attached. The result is that our state is now under a new Energy Efficiency Code, a mandate of taking the stimulus money. That new building code is adding about $2,500 to the cost of every new home, not to mention its impact on non-residential construction. Vote record, not party.

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Indeed, Sanford is running adds saying he didn’t take the money. A clear lie. The guy can’t help himself.

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Jobster April 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

Sanford even outsourced his blow jobs. He could have just as easily given that job to a South Carolinian. Hell, surely some of his fellow Republicans would love to pitch in!

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Jobster, brilliant.

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Jobster April 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

Sanford even outsourced his blow jobs. He could have just as easily given that job to a South Carolinian. Hell, surely some of his fellow Republicans would love to pitch in!

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Jobster, brilliant.

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idiotwind April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

nothing sanford says above makes any sense. since when is research supposed to be about job creation?

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idiotwind April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

nothing sanford says above makes any sense. since when is research supposed to be about job creation?

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Darth April 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

So what’s the connection between now “single mom” Colbert-Busch and Colleen Condon?

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Darth April 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

So what’s the connection between now “single mom” Colbert-Busch and Colleen Condon?

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

How much did that business class, puntang junket cost the taxpayers and how many jobs were created? How many jobs were created when that turd was hopping the state plan to hit birthday parties, political rallies and get haircuts?

Go be a lobbyist, go play polo or do whatever autistic trust-fund babies do after they leave office in disgrace.

Better yet, fuck that pathological scumbag.

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mph April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

How much did that business class, puntang junket cost the taxpayers and how many jobs were created? How many jobs were created when that turd was hopping the state plan to hit birthday parties, political rallies and get haircuts?

Go be a lobbyist, go play polo or do whatever autistic trust-fund babies do after they leave office in disgrace.

Better yet, fuck that pathological scumbag.

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