SC Dems Say No to Colbert in Presidential Primary

Not all were amused by comic as candidate
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 9:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Stephen Colbert’s satirical run for president hit a roadblock today—his bid to get on the ballot in South Carolina's Democratic primary was rejected by the party’s executive council, reports Politico. Most of the council's members didn't see the host of Comedy Central's popular faux news program The Colbert Report as a "serious candidate."

One of them went a step further, saying that Colbert, a South Carolina native, would appear on the party’s ballot “over my dead body.” Explains former SC Gov. Jim Hodges, "There are various candidates who don’t get the joke in the Democratic Party."  Whether Colbert might try to get on the GOP primary ballot or run as an independent remains unknown.