COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Democrats don't take Stephen Colbert seriously enough to put him on the presidential ballot. Hours after the comedian officially filed as a Democratic candidate, party officials turned him down. The 13-3 executive council vote came after about 40 minutes of discussion by top party officials. One council member accused the host of "The Colbert Report" of seeing the state's Democrats as "suckers" he can use in his comedy routine. He added that Colbert would only detract from the serious candidates on the presidential ballot. The Comedy Central host's campaign paid a $2,500 filing fee just before today's noon deadline. Democrats say he'll get his money back. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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