Allen West Jabs CBC with ‘Uncle Tom’ Joke
Congressman Allen West, Florida Republican, was the only lawmaker to walk away with a prize at the annual D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest on Wednesday night. Other Capitol Hill lawmakers who competed were Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat. The Florida Republican won third runner up by telling jokes about life in Washington as a black conservative on Capitol Hill.
Rep. West’s set included jokes about how he was welcomed, so to speak, as the only Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus. He started with a story about Congressman John Lewis, Georgia Democrat:
“The first thing I got sworn into was the Congressional Black Caucus. Now you talk about being fun–being the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, but I did kind of get a warm welcome. John Lewis…John Lewis from Atlanta, Georgia–same neighborhood that I grew up in down there…great time. And so I’m walking up behind John Lewis and he really let me feel like this is a family man, because I kept hearing him talk about some guy named Uncle Tom.”