Is Stephen Colbert running for DeMint's Senate Seat?

5:14 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
Stephen Colbert attends the 71st Annual Peabody Awards on May 21, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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Catalina Camia, USA TODAY


  • The Comedy Central host twice ran for president
  • Colbert pays for his political activities through a super PAC
  • A new Twitter account was launched after Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced his resignation

Stephen Colbert could be at it again. Or maybe not.

A new Twitter account -- @ColbertforSC -- was launched after GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced he will resign to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

STORY: Sen. DeMint to resign, run think tank

A spokeswoman for Colbert did not directly say whether the comedian and political satirist is running the account.

"Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to Governor Haley's call," Carrie Byalick, a Colbert spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

DeMint will depart the Senate in January. Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will appoint a replacement who will serve until a special election in 2014.

The first tweet from @ColbertforSC said: "Reporting for duty, South Carolina!" and there is a link to a Colbert for Senate website that doesn't exist yet.

Colbert, a South Carolina native, has run twice for president. Last year, he won approval for a super PAC -- the political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in campaigns.Through the super PAC, Colbert raised awareness about political issues and held a mock presidential rally with Herman Cain during South Carolina's GOP primary.

Among other tweets so far on the new account:

"I will be laying out my 9 point plan for bear self-deportation shortly. In the meantime, kick a bear because Freedom."

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