Both Democratic and Republican teams have new faces on their rosters for the Congressional Baseball Game on June 14, while a few familiar stalwarts are getting ready to say goodbye.
Gomez, who loves to watch baseball, said being part of the team is a better way to make friends than serving on committees.
“Your relationships are built by the committees you’re on and the caucuses you belong to. So it’s difficult to build relationships with people you may not have that much in common with,” he said. “Yeah, you’re both Democrats but one’s from the Midwest, one’s from Pennsylvania, it’s different.”
It’s been a while since he played baseball.
“I hadn’t played fastball baseball since I blew out my elbow trying out for high school baseball in 10th grade, so that was back in the early ’90s,” he recalled. “My arm is a little weak. But my hitting is solid.”
He did play on a softball team while serving in the California Legislature, but he’s not sure what position he’ll play because of his weak arm.
“If they want to keep me in the game because I can hit, then they’ll probably put me in right field because that’s where a lot of hits don’t go to,” he laughed. “If they want to just put me in as a pinch hitter once in a while, I’m good with that too.”
Six Republicans are making their team debuts this year: Reps. Jodey C. Arrington of Texas, Ken Buck of Colorado, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Jason Lewis of Minnesota, Mia Love of Utah and Bruce Poliquin of Maine.
Like his fellow freshman Gomez, Arrington joined for the fellowship.
“I think it’s a great way to get to know other members. I’ve always enjoyed sports for the competition so I think it will be fun, and it’s for a great cause,” he said.
Arrington wanted to join the team last year but had a shoulder injury. He played baseball as a kid but had to start focusing on football as he got older. He was a walk-on on the Texas Tech football team.
“Growing up in a small town, you generally play all sports. I played up until Little League,” he said.
He could be on the pitcher’s mound if fellow Texan and GOP coach Roger Williams can prepare him.
“Coach Williams is trying to make a pitcher out of me. My thrower works well, but my aimer need a lot of work,” Arrington said. “However, with his professional training, I’m confident I’ll be ready to play whatever position he chooses.”
Love, who also plays in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (to be held June 20), was recruited by her colleagues, including a certain North Carolina congressman.
“Mark Walker, who is a really good friend of mine, will be pitching and we’re planning on him to bring in the victory,” she said.
Both teams will be losing members after this year. On the Democratic side, this is the last game for Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen, who is retiring after allegations of sexual harassment. Also not returning are Reps. Jared Polis and Tim Walz, who are running for governor of Colorado and Minnesota, respectively.
Here are the full rosters:
Rep. Pete Aguilar of California Rep. Nanette Barragán of California Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. of Virginia Rep. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana Rep. Raul Ruiz of California Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio Rep. Linda T. Sánchez of California Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York Rep. Eric Swalwell of California Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota
President Donald Trump spoke at the swearing-in ceremony of CIA Director Gina Haspel at CIA Headquarters on Monday.
New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat filed an official grievance through the state court system against a man who was filmed this week going on a racist rant in a Midtown Manhattan lunch market.
The video, in which the man berates two workers at the market for speaking Spanish and taking his money through the “welfare” system before threatening to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to deport them, has since gone viral.
“What was witnessed in the vile video ... is a humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the Civil Rights movement,” Espaillat and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. wrote to the New York court system’s attorney grievance committee.
The committee reviews and investigates complaints and can issue penalties. Depending on the outcome of the review, Schlossberg could be disbarred or have his license to practice law suspended.
“The audacity to profile and verbally assault innocent bystanders and customers in a public commercial location is a violation of our civil society,” Espaillat and Diaz wrote. “We watched [the] video and we were disgusted.”
The man has been identified in media reports as 42-year-old lawyer Aaron Schlossberg. Schlossberg’s law firm has been booted from its office space on Madison Avenue.
“His actions are just not consistent with our community and rules and regulations,” Corporate Suites President Hayim Grant told The New York Post. “It’s totally contrary to everything we believe in as a company and personally.”
Schlossberg has a history of confronting strangers in public and questioning their nationality.
Willie Morris, 34, posted a video on Youtube in October 2016 that appears to show Schlossberg calling him an “ugly f---ing foreigner” on a sidewalk in New York.
Morris is from Massachusetts.
Ryan: Gambit to Bring Immigration Bills to Floor Is ‘Big Mistake’
Rep. Scott Tipton introduced a resolution in the House this week seeking the return of a U.S. Navy spy vessel that has been in North Korean captivity for more than half a century.
Tipton’s request for the North Korean government to return the USS Pueblo comes less than a month before the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-Un on June 12 in Singapore.
The House would “welcome the return of the USS Pueblo as a sign of good faith from the North Korean people to the American people” ahead of the summit that will focus on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, Tipton’s resolution states.
The vessel is currently on display in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
“It has been 50 years since the USS Pueblo was unlawfully seized by the North Korean government from international waters, and we will never forget the horrors that its crew endured at the hands of their captors," Tipton said in a news release.
One member of the ship’s crew, Duane Hodges, was killed when the Pueblo was captured on Jan. 23, 1968. Eighty-two others were held for 11 months, often in harsh conditions.
“This remains an important issue for many Pueblo residents and Coloradans including surviving veterans,” said Tipton, whose district includes the city of Pueblo.
Earlier this week, Kim threatened to pull out of the scheduled meeting in Singapore next month after U.S. and South Korean troops recently performed a routine joint military exercise that had been planned for months.
Watch: Ryan Weighs In on Laurel vs. Yanny Debate