Comedian Colbert wants DeMint’s US Senate seat

Could comedian Stephen Colbert become Sen. Colbert?

It’s not likely, but shortly after South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s surprise announcement Thursday that he will be leaving his seat to take the helm at the Heritage Foundation, a “Colbert for Senate” Twitter account and website popped up.

“Reporting for duty, South Carolina!” @ColbertforSC’s opening tweet read.

The account links to a Colbert for Senate website which allows fans to pledge their support for Colbert and send tweets to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley encouraging her to appoint him to the vacancy.

The website also links to the twitter account of Matt Ortega, the digital director at a Democratic-aligned Washington, D.C. communications firm and a former DNC staffer. Ortega claimed credit for the site on Twitter.

“Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to Gov. Haley’s call,” Carrie Byalick, a Colbert spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail to USA Today.

Colbert, who grew up in South Carolina, addressed the situation on his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report” Thursday night.

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