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.