South Carolina better prepare for a dose of truthiness.
The state's upcoming congressional race already promised to be exciting, with disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, fresh on the heels of his sultry trips up and down the Appalachian Trail, deciding to attempt a political comeback to regain his former seat.
But now, Sanford, who is in the GOP primary, has an unlikely potential opponent: Steven Colbert's sister, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch’s soon-to-be-official campaign has informed South Carolina Democratic Party executive director Amanda Loveday that it will file Tuesday for the special election for appointed Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) old House seat...
Interestingly, BuzzFeed notes Colbert-Bush pronounces her last name phonetically, unlike her brother, who decision to leave the "T" silent is a running gag on his show.
Other than being related to a popular comedian with an influential talk show, Colbert-Bush is mostly an unknown quantity. Colbert-Bush is currently the business development director at Clemson University's Restoration Institute in Charleston, and according to a 2010 profile in the Charleston Post and Courier, she has an interesting story to tell:
Her father and two of her brothers were killed in a plane crash when she was 19. She was married to a man who ended up on “America’s Most Wanted.” And in 2001, while at a business conference in New York City, she was sitting in a building directly across the street from the World Trade Center when two jetliners slammed into its twin towers, forever changing the landscape of America.
But looking into her sparkling brown eyes, you’d never know this woman has seen enough tragedy for two lifetimes. Her infectious laugh fills the room as she talks about her children. Her face lights up every time she mentions Claus, her second husband and the man she calls the love of her life. And when she talks about her job, she speaks with a passion so great, you’d swear her boss was sitting next to her.
Colbert-Bush won't be the only Democrat running. Charleston businessman Martin Skelly also announced his candidacy on Friday.
On the Republican side, it's quite a crowded field. In addition to Sanford, State Reps. Chip Limehouse and Andy Patrick are running, as is state Sen. Larry Grooms. Former state Sen. John Kuhn, Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly and former member Larry Kobrovsky have also announced their candidacies. Former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic and Ray Nash, the former sheriff of Dorchester County, are also running.
Sanford may be attempting a compback, but that doesn't mean he isn't apprehensive. In an interview with Charleston News 2, Sanford revealed he fears the media attention his campaign will garner.
“I’m scared to death in human terms. I mean, as I say, I’m a wounded warrior," Sanford said. "I’m going to step out as best I can and try and advance ideas that I’ve long believed in. But it’s not without fear and trepidation because you know you’re going to get hit, and you’re going to get hit hard.”