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Senator Jim Demint is stepping down as representative of South Carolina. Because of his departure, Governor Nikki Haley must select a new replacement and the Colbert Nation has rallied behind South Carolina born Stephen Colbert. The Colbert Nation bombarded Governor Haley with Tweets, suggesting that she choose him as a replacement.
Senator Jim Demint, states as quoted by The Washington Post, “I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas.”
Colbert urged his Colbert Nation to take to Twitter and tweet Governor Haley (@nikkihaley), urging her to consider him for the replacement Demint using #SenatorColbert.
The Senator replied via Facebook saying, "Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me. But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake."
Colbert on his show took to witty rhetorical retorts. He explained to the Governor that she was just as ignorant about South Carolina's state amphibian as he was about the state drink, therefore if he isn't to be a viable option for Senator she ought to step down from her position as Governor. The full video, including these remarks can been seen below:
Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator John McCain said on Tuesday, comedian Stephen Colbert is welcome to run for the Senate. Graham told The Huffington Post"It's always good to laugh, he's funny, but I'm not so sure we have a comedy deficit as much as a fiscal deficit," Graham also added to The Huffington Post., "At the end of the day, Gov. Haley will appoint someone who will step right in and hit the ground running.
"Senator Graham lastly added "If Steve Colbert wants to run, then he should go run."
Whether Stephen Colbert will actually pursue this Senate seat position further is really up to Colbert and his Colbert character. Either way he seems welcome with the exception of Governor Haley.