Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.
The dueling pols are sharing top billing at this year’s typically tongue-in-cheek shindig, a press-friendly gathering — MSNBC personality Alex Wagner is expected to serve as the master of ceremonies — that ushers in the cavalcade of seasonal awards dinners in #ThisTown.
The fundraiser is scheduled to once again take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Team Gardner seems excited about the opportunity to needle colleagues and the media in one fell swoop. Although not a trained comedian, Gardner aides suggested the three-term House member and new senator wants not for material — “On the subject of Charlie Rangel, Senator Gardner was quite Evasive, finding the whole process rather Taxing,” a Gardner aide quipped via email, making light of Rangel’s fiscal challenges — and he already has a support network in place.
“The senator’s comedic heroes are his hardworking, middle-class mother and father, who taught him to always stay on message,” Team Gardner told HOH.
Let’s hope mom and dad were not the driving forces behind the directionally challenged, GPS-related barb Gardner launched at then-opponent Democrat Mark Udall during a 2014 debate.
No word from Team Rangel on whether the boss might revisit the old let-me-point-out-all-of-my-challenger’s-shortcomings-during-this-fake-phone-call bit he used to discredit New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat last summer.
CD 13 Debate 5-14-14 Rangel Open from John Kenny on Vimeo.
For those keeping score at home: Democrats took it on the chin in 2014, after Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland careened right into crash-and-burn territory following a slickly produced "Scandal" parody skit.
After trying pot humor, spelling bee barbs and cialis jokes, @repdonnaedwards has totally lost #wpcfdinner crowd #bombinghard
— Warren Rojas (@WARojas) February 6, 2014
@WARojas enough already! Don't prolong the pain...
— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) February 6, 2014
Though, to be fair, she did set up her co-headliner, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, rather perfectly.
Embrace the flop, indeed.
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