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Stephen Colbert's Sister Running for Congress in SC

Jan. 18, 2013

Andrew Shain, The State (Columbia, S.C.)

TV satirist Stephen Colbert's big sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, will run as a Democrat for Congress in the South Carolina Lowcountry coastal seat that was held by new U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, her campaign manager said Friday.

"She does have a famous brother, but she has a great story to tell," said Bill Romjue, Colbert-Busch's newly hired campaign manager. "She's a very successful woman."

Colbert-Busch, a 58-year-old business development director at Clemson's Charleston wind turbine facility, will file next week. She weighed a bid for Congress in 2010 but decided not to run against Scott, a popular African-American Republican who won the seat.

She brings more high name recognition to the race along with former Gov. Mark Sanford and Ted Turner's son, Teddy, who are seeking for the Republican nomination.

But don't necessarily look for a big check coming from her brother, the host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

Stephen Colbert is limited to $2,500 in individual contributions like everyone else by federal election law, Romjue said. Colbert shut down his Super PAC -- Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow -- at the end of last year and gave away nearly $800,000 raised to charities and election reform groups.

"I think he'll help, but she has quite a network in the Charleston area," Romjue said.

Colbert-Busch voted in GOP primaries in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2010, according to the S.C. Election Commission. She is not listed as voting in a Democratic primary since 2000. State Democratic leaders said it not uncommon for Democrats to vote in GOP primaries in heavily Republican areas. Colbert-Busch lives in Mount Pleasant.

Filing for the special election opened Friday. The primary is March 19. The election is May 7.

Scott was appointed last month by Gov. Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate seat that opened after Jim DeMint resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation think tank.

Source: (c)2013 The State (Columbia, S.C.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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