Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Dec 7, 2012 6:00am
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Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?

You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation.

The Twitter account featured a photo of the comedian saluting on a background of an American flag. Its first tweets Thursday were all facts about the state, including the state butterfly and state horse.

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The tone matched Colbert’s usual snark, entitlement and knack for referencing hilarious moments in political history.

“Nation!” @ColbertForSC tweeted. “I want to get this out of the way early. I’m not a witch. I’m you. We clear, people?”

But in the Twitter bio, it linked to colbertforsenate.com, a website that said it was a draft petition “not affiliated with Stephen Colbert.”

A Colbert candidacy might not be as far-fetched as it seems.

“Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to [South Carolina] Gov. Haley’s call,” Colbert spokesperson Carrie Byalick told ABC News.

Anyone hoping for a spot in the Senate representing South Carolina has to be a resident of the state. Colbert is known to live with his wife and children in New Jersey, but both he and wife, Evelyn, hail from Charleston, S.C. A house there is listed in the White Pages under his wife’s name with the qualifier, “Guest House.”

Well-known senators like John Kerry, John McCain and Kent Conrad own multiple homes, so why not Sen. Colbert?

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