She’s considered a long shot, but she does have name identification. And think of the fun the Colbert Report will have with this:
CNN – Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the sister of Stephen Colbert, will seek the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, the seat left vacant by Tim Scott’s appointment to the Senate to replace Jim DeMint, two sources told CNN.
It is the seat also being sought by the state’s former Republican governor and congressman, Mark Sanford, as well as others on both sides of the aisle. An investor named Martin Skelly is also seeking the Democratic nod.
The district leans Republican, but that could work in Colbert-Busch’s favor, as she has voted in at least three Republican primaries, including 2010, according to a Republican source.
Via the Post and Courier, a little background from a 2010 article:
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. [...]
As director of business development for Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, Colbert-Busch is, for lack of a better term, the school’s corporate matchmaker. She finds companies that could benefit from the kind of advanced environmentally conscious research the university is doing — wind turbine testing, water studies, different kinds of renewable energy — and partners with them. More to the point, she asks them for money. In return, the corporations get the kind of cutting-edge information to help them stay one step ahead of the competition.
And now she’s running against Mark Sanford. You all remember C-Streeter Mark, don’t you? He’s the former South Carolina governor whose Appalachian Trail led him straight to political hell. But hey, he’s still with his Argentine “soul mate” and avoided criminal charges following an ethics investigation, so everything is hunky dory! And “family values” Republicans will actually vote for this guy. Again.
Now that he’s found the woman of his dreams, he can devote himself to smearing, er, trying to beat Ms. Colbert-Busch. Keep your eyes peeled for her press releases and donations buttons. We have work to do.