Thursday, May 9, 2013
Satirist said he's turning his back on South Carolina.
On his comedy show Wednesday evening, Stephen Colbert bemoaned the loss of his sister Elizabeth to Mark Sanford in Tuesday's special election for the First Congressional District seat. "The Colbert Report" host said he felt betrayed by his home state and now would consider himself to be a native of North Carolina. Being a Tar Heel, Colbert said, meant he now preferred vinegar-based barbecue to mustard-based barbecue. His attempt to sample the former version was about as successful as his sister's campaign. The satirist also said the results have caused him to have an epiphany about the nature of campaigning. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The move shows the comedian will not be a bystander in the congressional race.
Wednesday night on his Comedy Central program "The Colbert Report," comedian and faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert endorsed his sister Elizabeth in the First Congressional District race. Colbert also took the MSNBC program Morning Joe to task for what he thought was a softball interview of Mark Sanford. The comedian and Lowcountry native also tried out for a spot on his sister's campaign. Getting laughs was the first priority, but it also showed that Colbert plans to make good on his promise to do everything he can to help his sister become the first Democrat to win the SC1 seat since the 1980s. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dash for Cash as Election Day is five weeks away.
Now that she knows her opponent is Elizabeth Colbert Busch is wasting little time in raising money for her five-week battle with former Gov. Mark Sanford in the SC1 race. Whatever Sanford’s shortcomings, Colbert Busch and her team still have a formidable task ahead of it. Sanford has a built-in network of support and a team that is experienced at tapping into it. Since SC1 is strongly Republican—it’s been in GOP hands since the early 1980s and went for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by 18 percentage points— the bulk of Colbert Busch’s efforts will be geared toward driving turnout, which is one of the most expensive aspect of a political campaign. At a media session on Tuesday, Rep. James Clyburn (D-6) said raising money would be the “…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The political newcomer has been around politics all of her life.
Part 1 of 2 If the only things you knew about Elizabeth Colbert Busch were from the national media, you would think her home would be filled with pictures of her more famous brother, Stephen. While there is little doubt that her home holds plenty of pictures of the host of The Colbert Report and the rest of her large family, her home in a firmly middle class section of Mount Pleasant is what one would expect of a successful professional, mother and wife. Since she announced her run for Congress in January, Colbert Busch has received plenty of media attention, but the lion’s share of the media spotlight has been focused on the sprawling GOP primary with former Gov. Mark Sanford, Teddy Turner and 14 other Republicans. But after Tuesday, when…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Famous comedian stumps for sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in Charleston this weekend.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Follows two fundraisers in New York and Charleston.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch will be joined by her brother Stephen for a free breakfast open to the public this Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis to the first 250 people in line. It will be held at the International Longshoreman's Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive in North Charleston. Both Colberts are expected to speak to the audience from a parade float in the parking lot. Later in the day, Colbert Busch will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual awards show of the Lowcountry Black Historical Society. She's one of 11 to receive the award from the organization. It will be a busy weekend for the Colberts, as they're hosting fundraisers on Friday and Saturday in New York and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Scheduled for February 22 in Upper West Side of Manhattan and February 23 in Charleston.
NOTE: This story has been updated to include information on Charleston event. Elizabeth Colbert Busch has generated quite a bit of interest with her first foray into politics. As a sister to Stephen Colbert she was sure to get attention when she declared her candidacy for the First Congressional District race. That got her a mention on the comedian's show last night. But now comes the matter of trying to win the Democratic nomination and eventually the general election--no easy task considering the First is strongly Republican. She'll have to raise plenty of money to compete. Stephen Colbert delivered some free air time but where he can help the most is in fundraising, which he'll do in a couple of weeks. He'll be hosting a "Special …
Comedian offers advice to "fellow Republicans."
Nearly three weeks after Patch first reported that his sister Elizabeth will be running for Congress as a Democrat in the First Congressional District, Stephen Colbert mentioned her candidacy on his Comedy Central program. Last night on the Colbert Report, Colbert said he would not be giving his sister any free air time--even though that's precisely what he was doing. Colbert also gave some of the Republican candidates advice on how to beat her in a potential debate. He also assigned a few of them some rather creative nicknames. Colbert also revealed that he has possession of his sister's middle school diary, which presumably could be culled for opposition research. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by …
Friday, January 18, 2013
She gives the Democrats a proverbial puncher's chance.
Known by non-locals because of her famous brother, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch has deep ties to the Lowcountry. For some, the decision by Colbert-Busch (she pronounces the “t”) to enter the political arena came as a surprise. But, she has deep ties to the area and has been engaged in the fabric of the Lowcountry for decades. She was born in 1954, to a family with 11 children and has stared personal tragedy in the face. When she was 19, her father and two of her brothers were killed in a plane crash. Known to friends and family as "Lulu," Colbert-Busch graduated from the College of Charleston and married a man who ended up being convicted of securities fraud after being featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” She eventually met and married Claus …
Entry sure to bring even greater interest to an already-compelling race.
COLUMBIA, SC -- Patch has confirmed that Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, will seek the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District. She will file her candidacy papers on Tuesday according Amanda Loveday, Executive Director of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Colbert-Busch is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development for Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. The Mount Pleasant resident has three children and two grandchildren and deep ties to the Lowcountry. This will be her first foray into public life. Based on name recognition and her ability to compete …