Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Columbo and Sen. Sherrod Brown.  Notice the similarity?  Ben Carson does.
Columbo and Sen. Sherrod Brown.  Notice the similarity?  Ben Carson does.

Sen. Sherrod Brown has heard imitations of his gravelly voice, watched people imitate his retelling of why he wears a pin of a canary in a cage (it’s about worker’s rights) and had people point out his occasionally rumpled appearance.

Now, he’s being compared to a famous TV gumshoe.

When Ben Carson faced Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, during his confirmation hearing for Housing and Urban Development secretary, Carson cracked “you remind me of Columbo,” sending the room into laughter.

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“Is that good or bad?” replied Brown, D-Ohio, who was just thanking Carson for appearing before the committee. “I’ve actually heard that before.”

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Columbo, for the younger readers in the audience, was a rumpled TV detective played by Peter Falk who liked to wear a raincoat, smoke a cigar and was often underestimated. For the record, we’ve never seen Brown smoke a cigar nor wear a raincoat. We’ll let him decide whether he’s underestimated.


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