eliabeth colbert


Stephen Colbert may have “run for president,” but his sister is actually going to run for Congress.

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, Loveday has told the Washington Post.

Colbert-Busch has worked in recent years at Clemson University, and she’s got quite the story to tell, according to this 2010 profile in the Charleston Post and Courier:

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.

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.

What a remarkable family.  Mrs. Colbert, mother of Stephen and Elizabeth, is still going strong.  She had something like 11 children.  Stephen Colbert is a genius.  College courses have been built around his show.  I sure wish I could have taken Colbert 101.  Yet Colbert is definitely Americana.

Now where does sister Elizabeth fit in?  I want to know more about the most wanted list man.  This woman, Stephen’s sister, could be elected just so we get to know her better.  It would be better than watching Downton Abbey….well…not quite.

We need to follow this election.  Good luck, sister Elizabeth.    Do Democrats even get elected in South Carolina?  I hope her star status from brother Stephen helps nudge her along  in a state where no Democrat exists.