Cassidy targeted by comedians
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for de-funding the president's healthcare plan, called Obamacare. Cassidy was one of some 80 members of Congress who signed the letter.
The joke suggested Cassidy could do anything he wanted and not fear backlash from his district, which is "turbo Republican," the pundit said on the show.
Other jokes suggested Cassidy won his 2012 election with a "Saddam-Hussein-like near 70 percent margin."
They described Cassidy as one of the "dangerous new breed of super-incumbents" in Congress.
Cassidy did not comment on the jokes Thursday, which were made Wednesday night.
The congressman is asking his salary be delayed until the government shutdown ends. Many federal workers have been furloughed and are not being paid while leaders debate the budget issues.
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