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While Stephen Colbert himself isn’t running for a political office, his older sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is. She will be running for the First Congressional district seat of South Carolina in the House of Representatives.
The news was first confirmed by St. Andrews Patch on Friday. While her brother plays a Republican pundit on TV, she will run for the Democratic nomination. She currently works at Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility as the director of sales and marketing. This will be her first time running for office.
Colbert-Busch has a tough race ahead of her though. Seven Republicans, including disgraced former Gov. Mark Thompson, are seeking their party’s nomination, while three Democrats have plans to run. The seat is up for grabs after Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate.
“She does have a famous brother, but she has a great story to tell,” Colbert-Busch’s campaign manager, Bill Romjue, told The State. “She’s a very successful woman.”
Her brother, who shut down the Super PAC he ran during the presidential election, won’t be able to donate over $2,500 in accordance with federal law. Still, Romjue said, “I think he’ll help, but she has quite a network in the Charleston area.”
Political consultant Chip Felkel told Patch that the district is heavily Republican, but her name recognition might help. “That said, it means that if GOP voters are serious about keeping the seat, they need to nominate a candidate who can weather a barrage of outside money in the general election,” he explained.
The primary election is set for March 19 and the general election will be held on May 7.