Reporting for duty, South Carolina!
— Colbert for Senate (@ColbertforSC) December 6, 2012
The above tweet appeared this morning just hours after U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was leaving his position, igniting all sorts of gleeful reaction from his South Carolina fans. After all, Colbert rocked Charleston like a Hermain Cain about a year ago and “ran” for president a time or two, if that’s what you call what he does.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started a campaign for U.S. Senate, even though the next senator will have to be appointed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. So, is he or isn’t he?
The registered but non-finished website linked to the Twitter account points to a Matt Ortega as its owner but Ortega has already denied it.
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) December 6, 2012
So for now it appears doubtful Colbert is about to jump into the latest South Carolina drama but we all know that could change any minute. Stay tuned.
Update No. 1: USA Today just did their own blog post, saying a Colbert spokeswoman would not say directly whether the comedian’s 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.
Update No. 2:
Ortega says he is not running the account but he knows who it is, and it’s not Colbert.
Update No. 3
Even if it’s not Colbert’s account, he and his spokesperson appear to be milking the attention for all its worth. From The New York Post, which reports it received an email from Colbert about whether it’s his account:
“I can neither confirm nor deny anything or anyone that may arise in fervent support of what many are calling ‘Stephen Colbert’s Appointment with Destiny.’
Again, stay tuned.