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Rep. Brian Baird shocked his Congressional baseball teammates last week when he showed up at a practice wearing ladies clothing. OK, OK, so it wasnt a full-on Mrs. Doubtfire performance the Washington Democrat merely accessorized his normal athletic gear at the teams Thursday practice with a pair of womens sunglasses that colleagues said belonged to his wife.
Still, Baird took some ribbing from the testosterone-heavy crowd for the decidedly feminine specs, which bore gold-link designs on the sides. The blinged-out Baird was playing first base during the practice session at Brentwood Park near Gallaudet University as Democrats were preparing for the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.
To be fair, it was a lovely, sunny day, and he must have really needed some glasses to field balls coming from his teammates hot bats.
Rest assured, HOH will be on the lookout to see whether he wears the same shades at the June 29 matchup in which the Democrats are hoping to repeat their 2009 win against the Republican team.
Vitter Finds Furry Vengeance a Bit of a Sunday Afternoon Snooze
Thousands of gallons of oil might be gushing into the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles away, but family man Sen. David Vitter still makes time for his kids.
In what has to be one of HOHs favorite sightings in a while, an HOH tipster spotted the Louisiana Republican catching a Sunday afternoon matinee with what appeared to be his children last week in Louisiana. The movie screening at the AMC theater in Metairie, La., was Furry Vengeance, which is not the dirty flick it might sound like, but rather the latest Brendan Fraser kids comedy that features slapstick hijinks and furry woodland creatures.
A spokesman didnt return our call seeking comment on Vitters cinematic outing, but our spy says the Senator didnt seem entirely engrossed by the action, at one point appearing to have dozed off.
Chaffetz: Bench Bills Boosting Ballers
Attention, Members of Congress: Dont look to Rep. Jason Chaffetz for support on that congratulatory measure honoring the local college for winning the NCAA Division III dodgeball championship.
The Utah Republican posted no less than nine tweets Thursday announcing that he wont vote on any resolution honoring athletes, citing a need to recognize the true heroes military, teachers, scientists, students who triumph in something other than sports.
Congrats! They won! But I am only going to vote Present, he tweeted. Watch ESPN and hold a home town parade, but Congress is not where you should come seeking recognition in athletics.
Chaffetz isnt the first Member to take issue with such resolutions, which appear on both chamber floors almost as often as bills naming post offices.
In fact, these legislative battles can get downright dirty.
In March, Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) tried (and failed) to defeat a measure put forth by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) honoring the University of Maryland mens basketball team. This came a few months after he and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) got into a fight over a non-sports-themed bill ... which led to Campbells bill congratulating the national champion University of California at Irvines mens volleyball team getting yanked off the floor.