Heard on the Hill: Better Know What He’s Getting Into

Posted January 9, 2009 at 6:35pm

Wrestling matches typically are left to muscle-bound guys sporting bright, fancy tights, but one suit-wearing Member of Congress apparently is ready to rumble — and with comedian Stephen Colbert, no less.

[IMGCAP(1)]Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Jan. 6 as part of the infamous “Better Know a District” segment, which typically features Colbert interviewing Members and, well, embarrassing them. (Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) once urged Members not to appear on the show at all, lest they humiliate themselves.)

But the Republican Chaffetz, who filmed the segment shortly after the November elections, didn’t show any fear, managing to dodge Colbert’s sarcastic taunts over his stances on immigration and gun control. It wasn’t until the end of the segment that Colbert finally got a leg up, soundly defeating Chaffetz in a very physical leg-wrestling contest.

And now the Congressman wants another shot.

Chaffetz (whose loss is surprising considering he played football at Brigham Young University) appeared on a local Fox morning show in his Utah district and demanded a rematch. Colbert promptly taunted the Congressman on his show, telling Chaffetz: “Your legs couldn’t support a ladybug’s torso.”