Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video Game Bill... But He's a Good Sport About It

March 23, 2009 -

He leg-wrestled Stephen Colbert and even played a Rock Band duet with the popular Comedy Central host, but freshman Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R) offered GamePolitics no comment on his state's controversial video game/movie legislation.

The measure is now on Gov. Jon Huntsman's desk, awaiting signature.

GamePolitics tracked Rep. Chaffetz down on Twitter, where he is jasoninthehouse. To be fair, since he is a federal legislator and HB 353 is a state bill, we didn't really expect he'd be fully briefed - and he wasn't. But the media-savvy - and tech-savvy - Chaffetz is a good sport, as our private Twitter exchange demonstrates:

GamePolitics: Hey, Rep. Chaffetz, any thoughts on HB 353, video game/movie bill now on Gov. Huntsman's desk for signature?

jasoninthehouse: Just not familiar with it... State bill... I have been focused on the federal ones

GamePolitics: Fair enough, but what if I told you that among its provisions was a ban on leg-wrestling with fake news show hosts?

jasoninthehouse: That is funny. I should abide by this and not do any more leg wrestling....I am obviously not very good at it.

GP: For the record, I must point out that the text of my direct messages to Rep. Chaffetz disappeared into the Twitter ether, so I've paraphrased them from memory. Rep. Chaffetz's responses are verbatim. Beyond that, it's nice to see an approachable Congressman on Twitter - especially one with a sense of humor.


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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video ...

I have really no idea how he is doing that at the same time.May be true, may be not,who knows?

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video Game

"Politician has no clue what I'm talking about and has no information"

 

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video Game

"Politician has an actual sense of humour"

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video ...

While I admittedly prefer Jon Stewart to Colbert, calling him a fake isn't really fair.

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video ...

Uhm... But it isn't a real news show.

Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video ...

Fake news?

You lie good sir, you lie!

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video ...

I know he claims to do it because he wants to save the federal taxpayers' money, but there's something I find disturbing about Rep. Chaffetz's decision to sleep in his Capitol Hill office and take showers in the basement. If I had to sleep and eat in the same place where I worked all day, I'd go completely nuts. I can't imagine how he does it. Maybe he's just gassing all of us up and he's actually got a down-low D.C. shorty on the side and sleeps over at her crib on the regular. That would make more sense to me. But, other than his choice of accommodations, he seems a better breed than most of the other bears in the National Zoo --even though he's outta Utah.  

Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video Game

You would think that being a Utah gongressmen that he would be more involed with state laws the federal laws.

 

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Re: Leg-Wrestling Utah Congressman Has No Comment on Video Game

He's a federal legislator, not a state legislator, so he doesn't vote on state issues.  His time is better spent focusing on federal issues.

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