He may portray a right wing commentator on television, but Stephen Colbert is throwing his support behind his Democrat sister in her bid to win a Congressional seat.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch moved one step closer to that accomplishment yesterday, winning in a Democratic Party Primary against opponent Ben Frasier. The businesswoman and college administrator was a heavy favorite going into the primary, thanks in no small part to the notoriety and support of her celebrity brother.
The host of "The Colbert Report" made it a point to break character to show that the support for his sister in her election bid was genuine and not part of the act. "I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her," Colbert told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself -- not as my character, to help her as myself. And you know, if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, I don't care. It's my sister, and I'm willing to help her."
Colbert-Busch will now move on to face the nominee of a crowded Republican ticket, which was led by former governor Mark Sanford with 37 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent required to clinch the nomination. A special runoff election will take place April 2nd to determine the Republican nominee, with the general election a month later on May 7th.
The special election is part of South Carolina's political shuffle after Senator Jim DeMint left office to run a political advocacy group. His seat was filled by Tim Scott, and now Colbert-Busch and the eventual Republican nominee will square off to fill his now vacant House of Representatives seat for the state's first congressional district.