Mistaken for a California guy, Kentucky Rep. Davis bristles

So when Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) suffered this slight last week, he had no choice but to fire back. 


The mixup occurred during a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing Friday on the Korean free trade agreement, and the culprit was an authentic West Coaster, Rep. Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.).

In his opening remarks, McDermott noted that up in Washington state, “We catch a lot of fish,” but that in California, “where Mr. Davis and [Rep. Wally] Herger [R-Calif.] live … unemployment is 12.3 percent.” 

Still, it’s easy to see how some people might confuse Davis with a Golden State native: Blue-eyed and tawny-cheeked, he is one of the few naturally blond men in Congress, along with Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Watch live: Trump speaks at Arizona rally Mnuchin to attend anti-terror meeting in Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi disappearance MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel The National Trails System is celebrating 50 years today — but what about the next 50 years? MORE (R-N.C.).

To his credit, as soon as McDermott realized his faux pas, he went a long way to fixing it.

“I want to begin by apology,” the ranking member said as soon as he had a chance to speak. “I moved Mr. Davis from Kentucky to California. 

“And that is … that is a severe insult to him, and I apologize publicly. I meant [Rep. Devin] Nunes [R-Calif.].”

Davis smiled and expressed his appreciation, though he couldn’t resist the chance to get a laugh at California’s expense.

“Well, I thank the gentleman for pointing that out. I remind — I reminded folks [that] I live in the United States, not in California.”