Pelosi is the best known and least liked leader in Congress, according to a new Gallup poll. So it's no surprise that Sanford would want to drag her (or a cardboard copy of her) into this Republican House district. The ex-governor still has a fighting chance in the May 7 special election, given the seat's red lean, but his personal foibles have made it a tough fight.
"While Mark Sanford continues his desperate campaign to deceive voters, Elizabeth Colbert Busch is spending her time with real people who support her campaign," responded Colbert Busch spokesman James Smith. "She doesn't have to resort to phony cardboard cutouts to talk with the people of South Carolina."
Colbert Busch has agreed to only one debate with Sanford, who wanted four. “I want to get to know the district," she told reporters. "I already know Mark.”
Sanford has some history with political props. In 2004, he brought two live piglets to the State House to protest legislative pork. Earlier this month, he joked that he later barbecued the pigs -- a spokesman clarified that Sanford was joking.