By Christina Wilkie - 04/12/11 12:27 AM EDT
During a Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Jenni LeCompte, Schumer went out of his way to praise his former staffer and recommend her approval as assistant secretary of the Treasury Department.
Schumer, who is fond of the word, employed it again during the hearing.
“Allow me to [introduce] a good friend of mine, a former employee and someone of extreme competence,” Schumer told the committee.
“That was a joke.”
“I hope not,” piped up Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), appearing not to get it.
Making it extremely awkward, Schumer had to explain, “The ‘extreme’ part, you know, was.”
The veteran New York lawmaker then switched gears, announcing, “I liked [LeCompte’s] maiden name better, Engebretsen. Took me a little while to say it right.
“Jenni Engebretsen — all E’s, by the way,” Schumer added, then spelling her name, just to make sure everyone got it.