In an appearance on The Daily Show, which is filming in Austin this week, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said Tuesday that "it could have been a better year" in Congress.
Castro expressed displeasure with the fact that he and his colleagues will only be in session this year for about 98 days, prompting host Jon Stewart to say, "I can see why people want that job."
Between concerns about the Islamic State group and Ebola, Castro said, "We should have been back in Washington working for the American people. Unfortunately, it hasn't happened."
In an extended version of the interview available online, Stewart referred to being in Congress as Castro's "part-time job."
Stewart also noted he had invited a number of Texas Republicans to appear on the show while it taped in the state, including gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, but the invitations had mostly been ignored.
Stewart posited that this may be because they are "chickenshit."
Castro promised to encourage U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, with whom Castro said he had a good relationship, to consider making an appearance on a future episode.