Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert likes to poke fun at politics.(Photo: Charles Sykes, AP)
Sen. Stephen Colbert?
A new Twitter account -- @ColbertforSC
-- was launched Thursday morning after GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South
Carolina announced he will resign to become president of the Heritage
Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Twitter account links to a Draft Colbert for U.S. Senate website, that
says it is not affiliated with the Comedy Central host. Matt Ortega, a
digital specialist for a communications firm in Washington, tweeted that
he created the website.
A spokeswoman for Colbert said the comedian and political satirist is flattered.
is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and
looks forward to Gov. 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!"
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
Among other tweets so far on the new Twitter account:
"I will be laying out my 9 point plan for bear self-deportation shortly. In the meantime, kick a bear because Freedom."