Marriage too romantic

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The moment was about as surreal as you might expect.

Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator of Pennsylvania turned Christian film studio executive, appeared on Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday to promote Echolight Studios' first release, “The Christmas Candle.” The segment started with host Stephen Colbert donning a sweater vest, the trademark of Santorum's failed 2012 GOP presidential candidacy, that Santorum had brought as a gift.

No interview with Santorum would be complete without him making at least one bizarre remark, and the Rickster came through. He expressed disappointment with the unnecessary amount of romance in modern marriage, noting that marriage has “devolved into just a romantic relationship between two people, and that's not what marriage is.”

Many happily married people might disagree, but Colbert was enthused by Santorum's remarks. Urging Santorum to make yet another run for the White House, Colbert mockingly congratulated him for “appealing directly to the heart of not enough people to win.”

READSHAW LOOKS TO GET GIFTS EARLY. We can assume that state Rep. Harry Readshaw will express thanks on Thursday for the people who attend his poorly timed fundraiser on Tuesday.

Proving that a politician's lust for money takes no time off for the holidays, the Carrick Democrat has scheduled a reception at the Rivers Club, Downtown. Tickets range from $500 to $2,500, an amount that would buy a considerable amount of cranberry sauce.

We don't know what's on the menu at Readshaw's affair, but as close as it is to Thanksgiving, we hope he serves his guests something other than turkey.

BURN NOTICE. With state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, opting to retire next year (perhaps to his favorite vacation spot, Cuba), state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn might run for the seat.

Burn, a former Allegheny County councilman, did not dismiss that possibility when PoliticsPA asked him about it. But he said such a bid was not his top priority, and probably for the same reason Ferlo is calling it quits: Redistricting has made Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, a heavy favorite in the 38th District.

TWIRLER FROM TV. The British actor who plays Jackson “Jax” Teller, the president of the notorious outlaw biker gang on the FX cable show “Sons of Anarchy,” shared Terrible Towel twirling duties with former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kendall Simmons before last Sunday's Steelers-Detroit Lions game at Heinz Field.

It was Charlie Hunnam's first NFL game, and he also attended Steelers practice the day before the game, according to the team's official blog. Hunnam, who is from Newcastle, England, said he was thrilled to help fire the crowd up for what turned out to be a 37-27 Steelers win.

“It's very exciting and cool,” Hunnam told the blog.

— compiled by Tribune Total Media staff

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