The Washington Times - December 10, 2013, 08:22AM

Democrats have blamed much of the gridlock on Capitol Hill on a number of GOP extremists who won’t accept legislation that is not perfect in their minds.

Asked by Kenneth G. Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot, whether there are any extremists in the Democratic ranks, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said no.

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“I don’t think there are any extremists in my party,” the Maryland Democrat said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Mr. Langone expressed disbelief at the comment. “What more can I say,” he said. “The other guys are the bad guys, you are the good guys.”

Mr. Hoyer said that Democrats voted to re-open the federal government during the recent shutdown, while 144 House Republicans voted against it.