By Lucy Woods || It was only a matter of time before late-night comedian and national celebrity Stephen Colbert got involved in the South Carolina first congressional district race. After all his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is one of three Democrats running in a special primary election to fill the seat previously held by newly appointed U.S. Senator Tim Scott.
Colbert will reportedly campaign on behalf of his sister on February 23 at The Alley on Columbus Street in downtown Charleston, S.C.
This afternoon fundraiser will include three separate events, beginning with a private reception at 3:00 p.m. EDT for those who stroke checks in the amount of $1,000 – $2,500. For a significantly lower price tag ($250), there will be a general reception (complete with bowling) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. EDT. And for all you wealthy Colbert fans, you can attend a private dinner for $5,200.
On Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Colbert joked about the positive attributes of his sister:
It doesn’t matter that my sister is intelligent, hard-working, compassionate, and dedicated to the people of South Carolina. I will not be mentioning any of that on my show. Besides I’m not sure I can support her because she’s running as a Democrat.
Guess he thought twice about that …
The race is already a crowded clusterfuck; and with a limited amount of time to campaign there’s an even greater imperative on raising money and getting one’s name out. And while Colbert-Bush already has money in the bank and a famous last name, this show of support from her brother can only boost her in the polls.
She’ll need it to as one of her Democratic primary opponents – businessman Martin Skelly – will likely be able to self-finance his bid.
Could this fundraiser give her enough ammunition to compete with Skelly in the special primary election on March 19? We’ll have to wait and see …
UPDATE: Looks like Colbert-Busch won’t have to worry about that primary election after all. Skelly is dropping out and endorsing her bid.