February 22nd, 2013
09:13 AM ET
8 years ago

Colbert explains bowling alley fundraiser for sister

(CNN) – Bowling alleys might not be the most common venues for political fundraisers, but they make perfect sense to Stephen Colbert, who will host an event for his sister at one on Saturday.

"We're going to raise money in a bowling alley because we're of the people," Colbert told fellow television host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. "You know, you've got to go to a bowling alley because that's where the people are."

Another benefit? Bowling is "one of the few sports that comes with a bar."

Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is making a bid for the Democratic nomination in a special election this spring in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. If elected, she would fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to replace former Sen. Jim DeMint.

That's also the seat 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.

Both Colbert siblings are Charleston natives, and though Stephen Colbert has publicly flirted with bids for the White House and the U.S. Senate, the political satirist and Comedy Central TV show host, said Thursday it is his sister who's more qualified for the role.

"I don't actually have anything to offer people in a public office," he said. "It's natural for her to run because she has skills and something to offer society. I am professionally ridiculous. So I just hope that what I do for a living doesn't sully her good character."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Dr. Impossible

    Colbert is one of the smartest people in politics even if his contribution is simply for entertainment purposes. Both he and John Stewart are best suited for the roles they are currently in. They sway public opinion in much greater numbers as media personalities than they ever would as public officials; and I am OK with that.

    February 22, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. much thunder.little rain

    why waste your time reading about colbert or even jon stewart{ jon leibowitz}...both suck

    February 22, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Do you think some of the Rovians will attack her as they have done to Judd in Kentucky?

    February 22, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Colbert is simply about STUNTS! Nothing more.

    February 22, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Just a thought

    ahh Rick.....take a day or two off for the Tea Party Foolery. Its too bad faux news doesn't have a blog site for you folks because that type of vitriol, vapid blind hate, vaccuous factless rant is perfect Tea Party pablum. Standby, Shammity and Limberger will be doing public appearances soon.... Yeah Right!

    February 22, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Name lynn

    Colbert whos care about bowling an money, we watching the news an media not about you colbert. get a life

    February 22, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. callmecrazy

    I think Steven and Jon should bowl against each other. That I would like to see.

    February 22, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how many votes she will get as a result of her brother being a conservative.

    February 22, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. lottie

    Colbert is really smart. No wonder so many republicans don't like him even thought he plays the part of a conservative . As long as they get campaign money who cares where they go to get it. The republicans have no quams about where they get their money.

    February 22, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |