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Stephen Colbert’s older sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, announced last month that she is running for Congress in South Carolina. The Colbert Report host finally referenced Busch’s candidacy on his show this week and announced plans for fundraising events in New York and Charleston, SC.
“I know she is a bright, competent, caring woman who will work hard on behalf of all the citizens of South Carolina's 1st Congressional District,” Colbert wrote in a statement for the event, reports The Huffington Post. “This is an open seat due to the former Republican Congressman's appointment to the U.S. Senate. There are three Democrats and sixteen Republicans running in the Primary, including former Governor and renowned hike-lover Mark Sanford. Our chances look good.”
According to Summerville Patch, Colbert will host a “Special Evening” in New York on Feb. 22 at a couple’s home. It will cost $1,000 just to get on the guest list, then an additional $2,600 to attend the reception and a book signing. The entire event costs $5,200 per person.
On the next day, Colbert and Busch will be in Charleston at The Alley restaurant. The general reception includes bowling. That event costs a more affordable $250.
Busch is running as a Democrat, even though her brother plays a Republican pundit on TV. Colbert waited until this week to mention her candidacy and revealed to his audience that he calls her Lulu.
She has an uphill battle though, since the district is heavily Republican. The primary is on March 19 and the general election is on May 7.