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Elizabeth Colbert Busch Looks To Silence Whisper Campaign Around Her Divorce

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A few local news outlets and blogs have recounted the story of Colbert Busch's first marriage in recent days, which at one point resulted in both she and her then-husband being held in jail for 24 hours on contempt charges. Republican fundraiser Foster Friess brought the incident up in an e-mail supporting Sanford this week and Think Progress has reported a fake "push poll" that included the question "What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if she had done jail time?" A picture of her mugshot has also been making the rounds online.

In an interview with WCBD-TV that aired Monday night, Colbert Busch said she had no regrets about the incident, which she said stemmed from her protesting an attempt by her spouse to convince a judge she was keeping their children from him.

"Twenty-seven years ago, I left an abusive marriage," she said. "I left because I had to protect myself and my children. I went to court to try and get help, and during that time, the judge became very frustrated with the situation, and that's how I wound up where I was. As a mother, would I do it again? You bet I would. I am a mother first, and I will protect my children, today, yesterday, and tomorrow. I would do it over and over and over again."

She called the recent airing of the incident on the campaign trail "a pathetic, desperate, display of behavior."

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