(WASHINGTON) — Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?
You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation.
The Twitter account featured a photo of the comedian saluting on a background of an American flag. Its first tweets Thursday were all facts about the state, including the state butterfly and state horse.
The tone matched Colbert’s usual snark, entitlement and knack for referencing hilarious moments in political history.
“Nation!” @ColbertForSC tweeted. “I want to get this out of the way early. I’m not a witch. I’m you. We clear, people?”
But in the Twitter bio, it linked to colbertforsenate.com, a website that said it was a draft petition “not affiliated with Stephen Colbert.”
A Colbert candidacy might not be as far-fetched as it seems.
“Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to [South Carolina] Gov. Haley’s call,” Colbert spokesperson Carrie Byalick told ABC News.
Anyone hoping for a spot in the Senate representing South Carolina has to be a resident of the state. Colbert is known to live with his wife and children in New Jersey, but both he and wife, Evelyn, hail from Charleston, S.C. A house there is listed in the White Pages under his wife’s name with the qualifier, “Guest House.”
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