Stephen Colbert has been hitting the campaign trail this week for his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who is running for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. At a bowling alley stump speech this weekend, the comedian dropped character to give his heartfelt endorsement to Colbert Busch, whom he affectionately called "Lulu." The glimpse into the real Stephen Colbert (as opposed to "Stephen Colbert") was a rare treat for the audience, and made its way to the Internet thanks to a YouTube user who attended.
Colbert began the speech by telling the audience, "Some of you may know that I have a television show and not only am I Stephen Colbert, but I play one on TV." Amid laughter, he became serious and said he had "never actually supported any candidate before."
"Now obviously Lulu is my sister," he said. "And if I did not support her, my mother would be very mad."
He earnestly described Colbert Busch as a tough, hardworking woman who had made her own way in life.
Colbert said his sister's most important characteristic is that unlike many current politicians in Washington, "she's sane!"
Colbert took the last few moments of his speech to take a jab at House Republicans refusing to vote on the Violence Against Women Act:
"The Republican-controlled House of Representatives can't seem to bring themselves to even bring the Violence Against Women Act up for a vote! Evidently, violence against women is too controversial a subject for them to take a stand on. We need more women and more sensible legislators in Washington."
"I am so proud to endorse my sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the next representative of South Carolina's 1st District," he concluded.
Colbert Busch is a favorite for the Democratic primary in March.