Steny Hoyer: Colbert Testimony ‘An Embarrassment’

The House majority leader thought Colbert’s Capitol Hill routine was more gaffe than goof.

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By Michael Sheridan
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Even some Democrats thought Stephen Colbert's Capitol Hill routine was more gaffe than goof.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the Comedy Central star’s bit, which had some laughing and others groaning last week, "not appropriate."

"I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House," the Maryland politician said on "Fox News Sunday."

"What he had to say was not the way it should have been said," Hoyer added.

The Colbert Report funnyman was invited to testify before the House Judiciary Committee by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a move that rankled some.

"I think that he mocked the hearing process," Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, said after the hearing on Friday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported Colbert.

"He comes before the committee, he has a point of view, he can bring attention to an important issue like immigration," she said. "I think it's great."

During his statement, the one-time "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" writer said: "This is America... I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian."

His humor targeted both Republicans and Democrats, but drew very few laughs from most of the politicians on the committee.

"I trust that following my testimony," he said in closing, "both sides will work together on this issue in the best interest of the American people as you always do."