COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s governor appears to have closed the door on appointing Stephen Colbert to the U.S. Senate, all because the comedian didn’t know the state drink is milk.

During “The Colbert Report” on Thursday, Colbert urged his fans to send Gov. Nikki Haley messages on Twitter with the hashtag “SenatorColbert” telling her why he would make a great senator from his home state. Haley is appointing a senator after Jim DeMint announced he is resigning at the end of the year.

Colbert, who plays a mock conservative pundit on his show, also gave Haley four reasons he was the perfect choice.

“You want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from South Carolina, maybe somebody who had a super PAC,” Colbert said, ticking off the choices by putting down a finger until the final one was left pointing at himself.

“Wait a second,” Colbert said, as his crowd cheered.

Thousands of messages poured into the governor’s official Twitter account. She responded on her favorite social media site, Facebook, writing on her page that she appreciated Colbert’s interest and all the tweets.

“But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn’t know our state drink. Big, big mistake,” Haley wrote, adding a link to a video of her April appearance on Colbert’s show where the host did not know milk is the official state beverage.

On the same show, however, Colbert stumped Haley with the state amphibian — the spotted salamander.

Colbert was born and raised in Charleston.

On his show Thursday, Colbert gave one other qualification he had to be a U.S. Senator: “When I look at the U.S. Senate, I say to myself, you know what they could use? Another white guy.”

Stones to play Sandy benefit on ’12-12-12′

NEW YORK – The Rolling Stones will join the artists already booked for next week’s televised Superstorm Sandy benefit show in New York City, which producers said Friday would be the most widely available live concert ever.

The Stones will join other artists including Paul McCartney, the Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eric Clapton, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel, Roger Waters and Chris Martin.

The “12-12-12” concert at Madison Square Garden will be available on television or online to some 2 billion people, said James Dolan, one of the producers. A total of 34 U.S. television networks have agreed to show the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Robin Hood Foundation will distribute proceeds of the benefit in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Comedian wanted after police chase

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Authorities have issued a felony arrest warrant for comedian Katt Williams related to a police chase in California.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department told KCRA-TV that the warrant issued Thursday is for reckless driving.

The California Highway Patrol said Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a sidewalk near a downtown Sacramento hotel.

The CHP said Williams was asked to stop and refused, leading to the pursuit.

The CHP said Williams nearly hit five people during the chase.

Williams’ representatives did not immediately respond to an email.

– From news service reports