A “Colbert for Congress” website, produced by Mt. Pleasant’s Harbor Light Media, quickly went online with the tagline “if our representation is going to be a joke, it should at least be funny.”
The petition on the site is quite real, though; signers receive emails with a link to confirm validity. As of 11 a.m. EST, 325 names were accepted on the petition.
“The residents of South Carolina have been suffering long enough and it’s time for someone to put us out of our misery,” the site’s homepage reads. “Many have tried and failed and it’s becoming increasingly clear that the only person for the job is Stephen Colbert.”
Colbertforcongress.com also includes specific supporting arguments geared to Democrats, Republicans and independents.
The incumbent senator announced his resignation yesterday morning. DeMint will become president of the Heritage Foundation in January.
That leaves South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the seat with a replacement for the next two years. Secret sources and government insiders have dropped the names of Rep. Tim Scott, former state Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster, state Sen. Tom Davis and countless others as DeMint’s replacement.
National media were quick to promote the Comedy Central show host, though, as the comedian himself acknowledged on last night’s Colbert Report.
“Now, folks, I’m not going to sit here and say that I should be South Carolina’s next senator, not when so many other people are saying it for me,” Colbert said in character.
A native of the state, Colbert made humorous attempts to run in South Carolina’s presidential primary races in 2008 and 2012, but didn’t appear on the ballots in either year.
Rumors that sister Elizabeth Colbert-Busch was being recruited to run for the 1st Congressional District circulated earlier this year, too. The director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute, Colbert-Busch didn’t enter the race.