September 24th, 2010
04:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Colbert fallout, if any


Washington (CNN) - Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who invited Stephen Colbert to testify before her subcommittee, slipped out before we could talk to her.

Her spokesman says she ran to catch a flight at Dulles airport.

The only on the record comment his from Lofgren spokesman Pedro Ribeiro is "the hearing stands on its own."

But a committee aide close to Lofgren said the congresswoman has no regrets at all, because she achieved her primary goal, which was to use his celebrity to draw attention to the issue of migrant workers.

The aide said there were no prerequisites for his testimony. The only thing she and her staff reminded him was that he could not perjure himself and should adhere to the decorum of Congress.

I asked whether Colbert's comment to Rep. Steve King of Iowa that he was a "corn packer" and that is a "derogatory term for a gay Iowan" was in keeping with decorum.

The aide said it was, and that he has heard a lot worse from witnesses before Congress.

Before the hearing, we'd caught up with Zofgren and asked her if she had any concerns going in.

"I hope his celebrity will bring attention you've never been here before so I guess it did," she said. "I don't think it's a stunt. Celebrities add pizazz to an issue."

Filed under: Stephen Colbert • Zoe Lofgren
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Kristine

    There really is no better way to get your point across than with comedy. I hope your message was received.

    September 24, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Terry in Iowa

    The only problem I have with Cobert’s testimony is he insulted the gay community by calling Congressman Steve King a “Corn Packer”. King is of the lowest life form; a pompous, arrogant, zealot, that takes pride in his hate of America, the Constitution and all that made this nation great. He’s a daily embarrassment to the great state of Iowa.

    September 24, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Praveen

    I saw the testimony. Whatever reason they had, it wasn't appropriate. The halls of Congress need not be converted into
    comedy central studios. But then again, politics has anyway become a joke. We have a bunch of comedians coming in anyway in November if Alaska, Nevada and Delaware go to the GOP in the senate races. And of course the nut job quiter from Alaska is always there to provide political comedy.

    September 24, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Ranjit

    It is fascinating to see the liberals supporting this cobert. Liberals know that, cobert made a mockery of the congress and even the other democrat congressman in the panel was pretty pissed with him. By the way, it is interesting to see all the name calling of republicans as comedians. We have a president, who was supposed to be the smartest in our history and do we see anything positive in this country? Did the race relations became good? No. Did the unemployment fall below 8%? No. Are we seeing a fall in the health care premiumst? No. Did the housing market stabilize? No. Give me a break! Cannot wait for early voting to get rid of Pelosi and Reid.

    September 24, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Frank

    This simply shows you again how out of touch the Democratic congress reall is. To make fun of such a serious subject is crazy and a waste of time/money.

    Please vote the Dems OUT of office in November!!!

    September 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Lousy Biased Coverage

    Apparently it was reported that to hold one of those meetings today cots the taxpayer approximately $125,000 per hour. Will the democrats be forking over the funds to the taxpayers for their comedy show or will Comedy Central pick up the tab being charged to the taxpayer for their free advertising?

    September 24, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Jason

    Simply put, if colbert wasn't testifying today nobody would even know that a subcommitte hearing on migrant farm workers was even occurring. If the goal was to attract attention then it was a success. There are already over 500000 hits on you tube alone not to mention it's all over every newscast, guaranteed to show up in newspapers all over the country, and is front page news on websites.

    Bravo in my opinion.

    September 24, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Momof3

    Congress is a joke anyway.....Cobert was warned not to perjure himself?? Thats kind of ironic isn't it? Don't lie to a bunch of liars.
    In all seriousness.....this is ridiculous. Congress should not be inviting a comedian to make light of a serious subject.

    September 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Audrey Fryer

    Did the MSM get their panties in a knot. A comedian doing your job for you.

    September 24, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Steve

    Colbert made the joke, but he did not actually call King a "corn packer."

    September 24, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Bill Williams

    How quickly people forget Republicans once called Elmo, of Sesame Street fame, to testify.

    The hypocrisy is scary.

    September 24, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. steven harnack

    It's only fitting that he be allowed to speak, after all the only two people these days who ask politicians the tough questions are him and John Stewart.

    September 24, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I sincerely hope Rep. Zoe Lofgren's constituents remember her ludicrous stunt when they go to the polls in November.

    September 24, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |