And we love a guy who wears his importance on his sleeve, like Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), who HOH reported sports a fleece jacket emblazoned with the phrase “Mr. Chairman” around Washington on the weekends.
The winners of HOH’s “Forever Young” contest deserve a mention here, too. We asked our sharp readers to identify the Members of Congress with the most outdated photos in the Congressional directory. So to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), here’s looking at (a much younger) you.
Wrath. It doesn’t take much to rile up Congress, just ask President Bush. But, this year at least two lawmakers struck back. First Rep. Christopher Shays lost his temper in July, grabbing a Capitol Police officer’s name tag after an officer declined entry to Shays’ constituents. The incident left the Connecticut Republican with his tail between his legs, apologizing to the officer and the Capitol Police department.
But Rep. Bob Filner takes the cake for anger-management issues in 2007. The California Democrat got physical at Dulles International Airport in August after an airline lost his luggage. Filner was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly pushed an airline worker and refused to leave an employees-only area. Filner copped to a $100 fine and pleaded to the lesser offense of trespassing.
Envy. Seeing green can cause one to go a little crazy every now and again. The spat between Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) after Gohmert stole a sign from outside Shuler’s office in June was no different. Gohmert, who was so enamored with Shuler’s Blue Dog Democrat sign displaying the daily federal deficit, he made off with it to form his own group, the “Blue Hound Dog Coalition.” Gohmert’s five-finger discount didn’t sit well with the former professional football player who took to the House floor calling the Texas Republican “gutless,” “chickens---t” and a “thief”.
Not all cases of the green-eyed monster turn out so dramatically. After all, copying is the most sincere form of flattery. At least that is the message from Sen. Sherrod Brown, after the Ohio Democrat took a cue in October from an unlikely fashion icon, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Whitehouse’s trademark black Pumas, worn in place of dressier loafers or oxfords, so inspired Brown that he asked Whitehouse where he got his kicks, then promptly bought a copycat pair. While both Whitehouse and Brown say their sneaks are as much about form as they are about function, HOH has noticed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn’t given up her trademark stilettos.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.