Stephen Colbert Putting Sister's Congressional Aspirations Above His Show -- for Now
After successfully stumping for his sister, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, on the primary campaign trail in South Carolina, Stephen Colbert is ready to do whatever it takes to help her win a seat in Congress -- even if it means stepping out of his faux right-wing character and acknowledging that he's a liberal guy at heart. "I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her," Colbert told CNN's The Lead this week. "Like, I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself, not as my character, to help her as myself. And you know, if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, I don't care. It's my sister, and I'm willing to help her."
But when it comes to the "Colbert Report," sharing DNA with a candidate doesn't make Colbert any less likely to take a dig at her in the name of humor. Having won the Democratic primary, Busch will likely face former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who resigned after a scandal over an extramarital affair. "I will make jokes about him," Colbert promised, then added that he told his sister, "'if you do something funny, I'm making jokes about you.'"