Blumenauer: Oh yeah — I watch 'Portlandia'

Anne Wernikoff

Rep. Earl Blumenauer can relate to a sketch comedy series set in his home state.

When asked if he watches the IFC show, “Portlandia,” the Oregon Democrat replied to National Review Online, “Those are my people.”

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The TV satire starring Carrie Brownstein and “Saturday Night Live” alum Fred Armisen has a bit of fun with the granola-crunching tendencies of some of Portland’s population.

But the bowtie-wearing and bicycle-riding congressman, 65, says it took him awhile to determine exactly what he was watching, saying, “It was the first three episodes before I realized that it was a parody and not a documentary.”

Blumenauer recalled two skits that appeared all too real, including a sketch in which the characters, while dining at a restaurant, interrogate a waitress about the origin of the organic chicken they’re considering ordering (requesting photos and a behavior analysis of the fowl): “Those are my people. Naked bike rides, the people who really want to know the name of the chicken, where was it raised, how much space? We’re very free-range.”

He also cited another of the show’s gags, which followed a so-called Allergy Pride Parade and featured floats depicting lactose intolerance and wheat and soy allergy-sufferers.

“The Allergy Pride Parade probably happens in Portland,” Blumenauer said. “It’s fun.”