Comedian Stephen Colbert endorsed his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, for Congress on his show on Wednesday night.
"I'm going to shock some people right now and endorse my sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch for Congress," he said on the "Colbert Report" last night. "Yes, yes, yes, she's a Democrat. But she's a businesswoman, a job creator, who when raising three children on $14,000 a year, went back to school, built a 20-year career in international trade, and is now leading Mark Sanford in two consecutive polls."
The endorsement wasn't absent a few shots at former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who became the Republican nominee in the state's First District special election (and thus Colbert Busch's only opponent) after a Tuesday runoff. Colbert referred to Sanford as an "Appalachian hiker with [an] extremely poor sense of direction."
The endorsements are hardly a surprise -- Colbert has held two fundraisers for his older sister's campaign already and has two more planned this month in Washington and New York City -- but the venue is. Colbert has shied away from making his sister's candidacy a major part of his show and has been accused of pulling some punches in the race as a result.
Colbert said he was inspired to get behind his sister's candidacy after Sanford appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," one of only a couple of national television appearances the former governor made yesterday. Colbert mocked the show's hosts for going out of their way to praise Sanford, particularly former Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., who served with Sanford in Congress during the 1990s, calling the show "pure infomercial for his old buddy, Mark Sanford."
He played several clips of Scarborough showering praise on Sanford and another of MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle praising Sanford for his "honesty."
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