Steny Hoyer: Colbert an 'embarrassment'

Leading Democrat goes on Fox News, pans Stephen Colbert's appearance at the House Judiciary Committee

Published September 26, 2010 3:55PM (EDT)

The House's No. 2 Democratic leader says comedian Stephen Colbert's (kohl-BEHR's) testimony last week on immigration was "inappropriate" and "an embarrassment."

Colbert was invited to appear before the House Judiciary Committee by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California. But other Democrats weren't happy about her decision.

The committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Colbert to leave the room at the beginning of the hearing because Colbert has no expertise in farm labor issues or immigration policy.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland tells "Fox News Sunday" he thought the episode was more of an embarrassment to Colbert than to the House. But, he added, "I think it was inappropriate" that he testified.

By Associated Press

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