We’re told this isn’t a joke.
The treasurer of Stephen Colbert’s super PAC resigned last week to take a job with Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. Really.
Politico reports that the man in question, Salvatore Purpura, has served as treasurer for numerous political committees over the years and his résumé includes a strong conservative tilt, including jobs with George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Colbert created his Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow committee earlier this year and has used it—and the unlimited sums of money it can spend—to lampoon much of the campaign process. One of its first stunts was urging Iowans last week to support “Rick Parry” (with an A) in the straw poll.
“Obviously, there was a potential conflict of interest,” Purpura said concerning the possibility of staying on with Colbert while also taking his new job as Perry’s treasurer.
“We’re not surprised. Sal is the best in the business. That’s why we went with him,” Colbert wrote in an email to Politico. “We’re happy for Sal and we are even happier that Governor Parry has sent the clear signal of which super PAC he trusts to receive all that unlimited money waiting to pour in on his behalf. Loud and clear, sir. Unofficially, loud and clear.”
Check out Colbert’s Parry ad below: