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Stephen Colbert to Support Sister’s Congressional Run Out of Character

March 20, 2013  |  11:15am
Stephen Colbert to Support Sister’s Congressional Run Out of Character

For the past eight years as the host of his talk show The Colbert Report, actor/comedian Stephen Colbert has displayed an almost inhuman devotion to maintaining his hotheaded, right-wing persona.

Only on rare occasions does the Comedy Central host appear in public not in character.

But it looks as though the funnyman is more than willing to make an exception when it comes to family.

Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who recently won the Democratic Primary for an upcoming Congressional race in Colbert’s native South Carolina, will soon begin her campaign against the Republican nominee (which, at this point, looks to be disgraced former governor Mark Sanford).

In an interview with CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Colbert said he would campaign for his sister not as Stephen Colbert-the character but as Stephen Colbert-the performer, illusion be damned.

“I’m willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her,” Colbert said. “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.”

A longtime businesswoman, Colbert-Busch served as the director of business development for Clemson University’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility.

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