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February 6, 2016

Pocan Makes Colbert Squirm

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., made his debut on “The Colbert Report” on Monday, sliding into the hot seat against the faux conservative host in the latest installment of the recurring “Better Know a District” segment.

The rapid-fire interview — which staff confirmed was filmed here in town on April 26 — ran the gamut, touching on everything from the “Hunger Games”-authorizing provisions woven into to the Affordable Care Act (false) and Pocan’s opposition to bear wrestling (true), to “squeaky” cheeses and Speaker John A. Boehner’s hypersensitive tear ducts.

Colbert also probed the openly gay lawmaker about his position on same-sex marriage. Our favorite snippet:

SC: I assume you support federal recognition of gay marriage.

MP: Yes.

SC: Until your husband forgets to take out the garbage. Am I right? Up top! [exchange high fives]

Per Pocan aides, the boss played it low-key Monday night, watching the episode without a lot of fanfare. Turns out Comedy Central did not air the Wisconsin trivia quiz the freshman lawmaker purportedly aced, but he seems pleased with the outcome all the same.

“Stephen Colbert is a fantastic guy, and I was impressed by his knowledge of Wisconsin’s fighting second,” he told HOH. “This is definitely an experience I won’t soon forget.”

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