From political 'House of Colbert', a South Carolina candidate called Lulu(Read article summary)
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, also known as 'Lulu,' is running to fill a vacated South Carolina congressional seat. Does it help that her little brother is Stephen Colbert?
On Wednesday nightâ€™s â€śColbert Report,â€ť a proud, and dare we say, jealous, Colbert announced that his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is running for Congress.
â€śHoly cow! My sister is running for Congress!â€ť Colbert said.
And then two days later he told a group of House Democrats that Americans liked colonoscopies more than Congress. â€śBut [it's] just edging out meth labs and gonorrhea,â€ť he added.
Ms. Colbert Busch, also known as â€śLulu,â€ť is running for the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Rep. Tim Scott (R), who was appointed to fill Sen. Jim DeMintâ€™s Senate seat, when Senator DeMint (R) resigned in December.
Colbert Busch, a business-development director at a Clemson University institute, is one of 19 candidates seeking the Charleston-area 1st District seat, and besides former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (yep, heâ€™s running, too), has the most name recognition, not to mention a famous little brother.
Not that it helps.
Ever just, Colbert promised no special treatment for his sister.
â€śNo free airtime, Lulu!â€ť Colbert said Wednesday. â€śAs a broadcast journalist I am obligated to maintain pure objectivity. It doesn't matter that my sister is intelligent, hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated to the people of South Carolina. I will not be mentioning any of that on my show.â€ť
Thereâ€™s just one problem. Colbert Busch is running as a Democrat.
â€śA., I take that as a personal affront,â€ť Colbert said, â€śand two, there are so many great choices on the Republican side.â€ť
Some 16 candidates have filed in the GOP primary. â€śRepublicans are all over this election like white on Republicans,â€ť Colbert said.
He went on to plug some of the GOP candidates including Ric â€śThe Stickâ€ť Bryant, â€śThe Electrifyingâ€ť Keith Blandford, Elizabeth â€śKilling Them Softlyâ€ť Moffly, and Chip â€śThis is My Actual Nameâ€ť Limehouse.
But itâ€™s former Governor Sanford, who gained national attention when he said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail but was actually cavorting with his mistress in Argentina, that Colbert said he favors.
â€śAt this point I'm leaning toward actual candidate and former governor of the Appalachian Trail â€“ Mark Sanford. You see, I'm a family values conservative, and Mark, he just seems so steady.â€ť
(Nonetheless, we heard Colbert will be raising campaign funds for his sister at a Feb. 22 benefit, according to a campaign invite.)
Colbert left his sisterâ€™s rivals, who no doubt watch his show, with this advice, honed, we're sure, over years of merciless sibling ribbing.
"Right after she makes a good point, repeat it back to her in a dumb voice,'' he said. "Trust me, it works.''