'Colbert Report' has fun with politician

July 24, 2006 at 9:51 PM

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida appeared on the TV series "The Colbert Report" and within moments found himself alleging that he loves cocaine.

The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported the Democrat was urged by young staffers from his office to appear on the Comedy Central show and once on the air, was then urged by host Stephen Colbert to jokingly admit to cocaine use and an affinity for prostitutes.

"I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do." Wexler said on last Thursday's broadcast of the Comedy Central show. "I enjoy the company of prostitutes for the following reasons, because it's a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it's probably even more fun."

"The Colbert Report" has built up a reputation for making its guests play the role of the straight man in its brand of humor and while watching the final version of the prerecorded episode with his children, the 45-year-old politician finally got the joke.

"They thought I was foolish," he told the Post of his two children's reactions.

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