Thursday, May 9, 2013
Satirist said he's turning his back on South Carolina.
On his comedy show Wednesday evening, Stephen Colbert bemoaned the loss of his sister Elizabeth to Mark Sanford in Tuesday's special election for the First Congressional District seat. "The Colbert Report" host said he felt betrayed by his home state and now would consider himself to be a native of North Carolina. Being a Tar Heel, Colbert said, meant he now preferred vinegar-based barbecue to mustard-based barbecue. His attempt to sample the former version was about as successful as his sister's campaign. The satirist also said the results have caused him to have an epiphany about the nature of campaigning. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The move shows the comedian will not be a bystander in the congressional race.
Wednesday night on his Comedy Central program "The Colbert Report," comedian and faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert endorsed his sister Elizabeth in the First Congressional District race. Colbert also took the MSNBC program Morning Joe to task for what he thought was a softball interview of Mark Sanford. The comedian and Lowcountry native also tried out for a spot on his sister's campaign. Getting laughs was the first priority, but it also showed that Colbert plans to make good on his promise to do everything he can to help his sister become the first Democrat to win the SC1 seat since the 1980s. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dash for Cash as Election Day is five weeks away.
Now that she knows her opponent is Elizabeth Colbert Busch is wasting little time in raising money for her five-week battle with former Gov. Mark Sanford in the SC1 race. Whatever Sanford’s shortcomings, Colbert Busch and her team still have a formidable task ahead of it. Sanford has a built-in network of support and a team that is experienced at tapping into it. Since SC1 is strongly Republican—it’s been in GOP hands since the early 1980s and went for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by 18 percentage points— the bulk of Colbert Busch’s efforts will be geared toward driving turnout, which is one of the most expensive aspect of a political campaign. At a media session on Tuesday, Rep. James Clyburn (D-6) said raising money would be the “…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The political newcomer has been around politics all of her life.
Part 1 of 2 If the only things you knew about Elizabeth Colbert Busch were from the national media, you would think her home would be filled with pictures of her more famous brother, Stephen. While there is little doubt that her home holds plenty of pictures of the host of The Colbert Report and the rest of her large family, her home in a firmly middle class section of Mount Pleasant is what one would expect of a successful professional, mother and wife. Since she announced her run for Congress in January, Colbert Busch has received plenty of media attention, but the lion’s share of the media spotlight has been focused on the sprawling GOP primary with former Gov. Mark Sanford, Teddy Turner and 14 other Republicans. But after Tuesday, when…
Monday, March 18, 2013
But comedian says he'll do what it takes it to help sister Elizabeth get elected.
From the moment Elizabeth Colbert Busch announced her candidacy for the First Congressional District seat, speculation began with as to what role her more famous brother Stephen would take in her campaign. That question has largely been answered as the Colberts have co-hosted two fundraisers and a breakfast. Lest there be any doubt, Stephen left character and told CNN on Monday that he will do what's necessary to help his sister be elected and doesn't care what any critics might say about his blurring of the lines between faux and real politics. He also said he would not hesitate to bring up Mark Sanford, who is expected to be one of the two candidates to make the run-off on the Republican side of the ledger. But Stephen Colbert also said…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Democrats say this is their best chance in years to retake South Carolina's first district.
Supporters of Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch are full of optimism today after a weekend appearance by the congressional candidate's famous comedian brother Stephen Colbert. Read: Colbert Says Sister Brings Sanity to 'Crazy' S.C. Politics. Colbert Busch is favored to win next month's Democratic primary and she'll face one of 16 Republicans vying for the congressional seat once held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston. No Democrat has held the seat since the 1980s, but Colbert Busch's supporters say her resume, her ability to raise money and the disarray in the Republican field has them in an optimistic mood. What do you think? Can Democrats retake South Carolina's First Congressional District? Tell us in the comment section below.
Comedian spends weekend campaigning for Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch has a personal and professional history that makes her qualified to represent South Carolina's First Congressional District in Washington, D.C. That's the familiar refrain from her campaign and from her brother, famous comedian Stephen Colbert. But there's another reason to vote for her, Colbert said on Sunday while speaking at the International Longshoremen's Association headquarters in Charleston. "She is sane," he said. "It shouldn't be a banner headline, but I have interviewed a lot of members of Congress, and unfortunately it is." Colbert Busch is favored to win the March 19 Democratic primary, and she'll face one of 16 Republicans vying for the seat once held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston. "This is the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Follows two fundraisers in New York and Charleston.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch will be joined by her brother Stephen for a free breakfast open to the public this Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis to the first 250 people in line. It will be held at the International Longshoreman's Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive in North Charleston. Both Colberts are expected to speak to the audience from a parade float in the parking lot. Later in the day, Colbert Busch will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual awards show of the Lowcountry Black Historical Society. She's one of 11 to receive the award from the organization. It will be a busy weekend for the Colberts, as they're hosting fundraisers on Friday and Saturday in New York and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Scheduled for February 22 in Upper West Side of Manhattan and February 23 in Charleston.
NOTE: This story has been updated to include information on Charleston event. Elizabeth Colbert Busch has generated quite a bit of interest with her first foray into politics. As a sister to Stephen Colbert she was sure to get attention when she declared her candidacy for the First Congressional District race. That got her a mention on the comedian's show last night. But now comes the matter of trying to win the Democratic nomination and eventually the general election--no easy task considering the First is strongly Republican. She'll have to raise plenty of money to compete. Stephen Colbert delivered some free air time but where he can help the most is in fundraising, which he'll do in a couple of weeks. He'll be hosting a "Special …
Comedian offers advice to "fellow Republicans."
Nearly three weeks after Patch first reported that his sister Elizabeth will be running for Congress as a Democrat in the First Congressional District, Stephen Colbert mentioned her candidacy on his Comedy Central program. Last night on the Colbert Report, Colbert said he would not be giving his sister any free air time--even though that's precisely what he was doing. Colbert also gave some of the Republican candidates advice on how to beat her in a potential debate. He also assigned a few of them some rather creative nicknames. Colbert also revealed that he has possession of his sister's middle school diary, which presumably could be culled for opposition research. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by …