Robert E. “Teddy” Turner IV, son of media mogul Ted Turner and a Republican running for Congress in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, said Thursday that his father was a staunch conservative who became a liberal after he married Jane Fonda.
“I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,’’ he told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
But things began to change in 1991 when the senior Turner married Jane Fonda, known to many as "Hanoi Jane" for her actions during the Vietnam War.
“He started becoming more and more environmentalist and then Jane helped move things over as well,’’ Turner said. “Then when you start hanging around and everybody you’re hanging around with is liberal, then you tend to move more liberal.’’
Despite Fonda's influence in the home, Turner said he remained a conservative.
“I’m not a liberal," he said. "People say how did you separate from your dad? I didn’t separate from my dad. My dad separated from me.’’
According to Newsmax, Turner is anti-tax, opposes same-sex marriage and questions global warming.
Turner, a 49-year-old high school economics teacher, also describes himself as a "constitutional conservative and a hunter" who supports the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
And according to Newsmax, he goes out of his way to show potential voters he is not politically aligned with his famous parents.
“Yes, I’m Teddy Turner. You can’t pick your parents,” he recently told Republicans gathered at Hilton Head.
But despite their differences, Fox News said the two men remain close.
Politico reported that after Turner "ribbed" his dad on Fox News, the elder Turner sent a note.
“I saw your interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox,” the note read, “and I thought you did a great job! I’m really proud of you, and I hope you win. Best of luck. Love, Dad.”