With an insider’s eye, Hot Dish tracks the tastiest bits of Minnesota’s political scene and keep you up-to-date on those elected to serve you.

Contributors in Minnesota: Patrick Condon, J. Patrick Coolican, Patricia Lopez, Ricardo Lopez, Abby Simons, and Glen Stubbe. Contributors in D.C.: Allison Sherry and Jim Spencer.

Bachmann, Ellison team up in comedy video

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under Minnesota congressional, Democrats, Republicans Updated: June 13, 2014 - 5:56 PM

U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison had cameo roles in a comedy video that aired during the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner on Thursday.

“I can talk to people from different points of view,” an actor says as Bachmann and Ellison walk alongside him.

“You know we may argue in public, but we agree on so many other things. Like none of us wants to see [Rep.] Alan Grayson twerk,” the actor added, drawing grimaces from Bachmann and Ellison.

The full video is above, but Bachmann and Ellison appear at the two-minute mark.

The D.C. Comedy Writers penned the skit, which featured some of the lawmaker and media lowlights from this session of Congress.

Dinner organizers approached Ellison, the Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Bachmann, the Republican founder of the Tea Party Caucus, with the script idea.

The lawmakers "thought it would be fun and lighthearted," said Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman.

According to The Washington Post, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, a Stillwater native, also got in on the fun at Thursday's dinner, cracking a joke at the expense of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The Virginia Republican suffered a stunning primary loss this week and announced plans to resign his post.

The Post wrote:

McDonough, in his first outing as a funnyman, riffed about the impromptu outings that President Obama has recently been embarking on, from strolling the Mall to going on burger runs. “It gets kind of frustrating — if I wanted a boss who’s on his way out when no one expects it, I would have tried to work for Eric Cantor,” he said.

today's newsletter

  • A late-night taste of Prince's new music

    Prince offered samples of a funky new solo album during an intimate late-night preview. He didn’t mention the album’s title or release date, but he did express frustration with the slow-grinding wheels of the record business.  Full storyFull story Updated Jun. 23, 2014


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters