Dem Rep. Blasts Stephen Colbert's Forthcoming Testimony

09/23/2010 09:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Roll Call

Comedian Stephen Colbert is sure to draw plenty of media attention Friday morning when he testifies before a House Judiciary subcommittee about immigrant farm workers. But at least one Democrat on the committee is not happy about the prospect of treating the Comedy Central host as a policy expert.

"I don't think he should be here. It commercializes the committee," Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) said.

Colbert plans to testify about his role in a United Farm Workers campaign called "Take Our Jobs," an effort that invites U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace undocumented immigrant field laborers. The goal of the campaign is to build momentum for passing legislation that would give undocumented farm workers the right to earn legal status by continuing to work in agriculture.

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