The son of mogul Ted Turner, Teddy Turner, announced his intention this evening to run for the House seat being vacated by Tim Scott, who today was appointed to fill the remainder of Jim DeMint's Senate term. The House seat represents part of South Carolina.
Teddy Turner, unlike his liberal father, is a Republican.
Here's the full press release, with the announcement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE STATE
ROBERT E. "TEDDY" TURNER IV TO ANNOUNCE CANDIDACY FOR US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CHARLESTON - Mount Pleasant Republican Robert E. "Teddy" Turner IV will enter the special election for the Congressional seat presently held by Tim Scott.
A graduate of The Citadel (1985), Turner teaches high school economics at Charleston Collegiate School. He is also an entrepreneur, conservationist, and maritime enthusiast who is well known in the Lowcountry for his philanthropic endeavors, serving as a member of the board of directors of the Turner Foundation.
Known to friends as the "rogue Republican" of the Turner family, during the past decade Teddy has become increasingly active in Republican circles. He cites his experiences as a student at The Citadel and later working as a cameraman for CNN in Soviet Russia as cultivators of his interests in conservative politics: "Like most Cadets, I developed a keen appreciation for the fact that the federal government's chief responsibility is to provide for the common defense, which I think many Democrats in Congress have a hard time remembering these days. Of course, while working in Russia during the Cold War, I saw the extreme consequences of the so-called 'progressive' political agendas many Democrats are now championing in Washington. Obviously, I also saw how having an economy which favors free market enterprise truly does bolster our security."
"Later, once I became a business owner my interests in politics grew exponentially when my experiences with our tax code became even more personal - and costly," he notes. "If elected, helping businesses confronted by our extremely cumbersome regulatory environment will be at the top of my agenda."
"Tim Scott has done an outstanding job representing our district in Washington," Turner says, adding: "I intend to do the same. Like Tim, my concerns are consistent with the residents of District 1. I know they are looking for a candidate who is asking the same questions that are important to them: How can we reduce the federal government's role in our lives? How can we improve our education systems, thereby making it possible for America to remain an economic leader in the world? How can we address the regulatory environment that is hampering our economic recovery? And how can South Carolina's representatives in Washington best serve the people of our state?"
"I also know the federal government is presently doing better job of creating problems than delivering solutions. And like the other Republican members our Congressional delegation, if given the opportunity to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives I'll be committed to limiting the problems Washington can create for the rest of America."
Turner's wife Blair is helping him organize his campaign. Regarding his decision to enter the race, she shared, "Everyone who knows Teddy knows he is passionate about making our community a better place to call home. He's an educator who is concerned about opportunities for young Americans. He's also a conservative who is committed to defending and advancing the principles that make this the best country on earth. And I know he will do an outstanding job representing the residents of our district if he's elected to represent us in Congress."
Additional information about the campaign will be made available to the public during the coming days. In the meantime, media inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.