Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)  outside the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leading immigration reform advocate, suggested Thursday that President Obama gained nothing politically by postponing executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.

"The president of the United States made a decision. What did it get him? They still lost the Senate resoundingly," said Gutierrez.

The Illinois Democrat was responding to a question from The Washington Post about whether Obama erred by not rolling out his new policies before Nov. 4 election.

"I suggest the following: That when you put partisan politics ahead of good public policy, you usually wind up with a situation you're not proud of," Gutierrez said.