POLITICS
04/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Stephen Colbert Credited For Raising Awareness Of DC Vote Effort

Those seeking to end the District of Columbia's vote-less state in the U.S. Congress cleared their highest hurdle last week when the DC House Voting Rights Act passed the Senate, 61-37. The Act is widely favored to prevail in its upcoming House vote, and in conference committee in the days to come. DC's Delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton has become one of the better known faces in the effort, thanks to her hilarious confrontations with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report. Last week, after the vote, Politico's Patrick Gavin found Norton, and asked about the effect of her interactions with the Comedy Central host.

After quipping that Colbert would no doubt, "continue to harrass her," Norton offered, "Stephen Colbert has done more than any other single human being to inform the country, which was largely ignorant of the fact that we do not have the vote. I tell my constituents - you don't owe it to me, you don't owe it to DC Vote, you owe it to Colbert. You want to talk about sacrifices I've made, I'll let the man beat up on me anytime he wants to just to get the word out."

(h/t Alex Leo)

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