It’s all in the family.
Stephen Colbert is raising campaign funds for an older sister seeking a U.S. House seat in their native South Carolina.
The political satirist, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” will appear at a dinner and a reception in New York on Feb. 22 to help Elizabeth Colbert Busch, according to an invitation on her campaign Web-site.
Colbert Busch, a business development official with a Clemson University institute in North Charleston, is one of three Democrats seeking the vacant, Charleston-area 1st District along with 16 Republicans.
Colbert talked about his sister’s campaign last night on his program, which he’s used to muse about running for “president of the United States of South Carolina” and to highlight the ineffectiveness of campaign finance laws by creating his own super-political action committee.
“As a broadcast journalist, I am obligated to maintain pure objectivity,” Colbert, staying in character as a Republican-leaning pundit, said on his show. “It doesn’t matter my sister is intelligent, hard-working, compassionate and dedicated to the people of South Carolina. I will not be mentioning any of that on my show.”
Party primary elections are scheduled for March 19, followed by the special election on May 7. The district leans Republican.
Republican Tim Scott vacated the 1st District seat last month to accept an appointment to the Senate.