South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint to retire, Stephen Colbert For Senate Twitter page surfaces

By Daniel S Levine,

South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint announced plans to retire from the Senate Thursday and just moments later, a Stephen Colbert For Senate Twitter page popped up.

DeMint issued a statement on his official site, saying that he will become the president of the Hedge Foundation, a conservative think tank.

DeMint was a member of the House of Representatives for three terms before being elected Senator in 2004. He was re-elected in 2010.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on his plans, noting that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley will name his replacement. A special election will be held in 2014.

“I'm leaving the Senate now, but I'm not leaving the fight,” DeMint said in his statement. “I've decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come.”

Shortly after the announcement, USA Today reports that a Twitter page supporting Colbert for Senate popped up. “Reporting for duty, South Carolina!” was the first post. After just three hours, the page has over 550 followers.

Colbert has not mentioned DeMint’s announcement on his verified page and it is still not known if @ColbertforSC page is really connected to the Colbert Report host. We’ll just have to see what Colbert says about DeMint’s resignation on his show tonight.

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