U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge needs to brush up on her fencing skills.
Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, who was a fencing champion in high school, lost a duel to Stephen Colbert in an episode of the Colbert Report that aired Tuesday. Fudge, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, had promised to make Colbert an honorary member if he won.
"I am now a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus!" Colbert said triumphantly, after beating Fudge 2-1.
The duel followed a segment of Colbert's "Better Know A District" featuring Fudge's 11th district that stretches from Cleveland to Akron. Colbert focused on Cleveland and never touched on Akron during the segment. He did, however, mention the blimp in a song he sang to Fudge attempting to get her to induct him into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Other highlights included:
• Colbert giving Fudge a high five for LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then adding, "You must be happy when anyone is returning to Cleveland."
• Colbert asking Fudge if he needs plastic surgery because of all of the health care available in Cleveland. "I think you look fine," she told him.
• Colbert saying, "So, racism is over, right?" to which Fudge replied, "No it is not."
Fudge played her answers straight, though she did laugh a few times and asked, "Are we done, please?" Her portion of the episode is about eight minutes.