Pols Brace for BBQ Battle

Rather than grilling one another as their Simi Valley-bound colleagues are expected to do, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Wednesday are expected to headline an anti-cancer fundraiser featuring pork barbecue. The inaugural “ZERO Prostate Cancer Congressional BBQ Cook-off” is scheduled to take place at 300 Independence Ave. SE from 5:30 p.m. until the food runs out. Cornerstone Government Affairs is hosting the affair at its Capitol Hill office, and an event coordinator told HOH approximately 150 people have signed on to pig out for prostrate health. (Courtesy Cornerstone Government Affairs) Per party planners, lawmakers and congressional do not have to formally RSVP and are welcome to attend free of charge. General admission for all others is $50 a pop, while those participating in ZERO’s ongoing charity races can gain entree for $35. “The bigger the crowd the better,” one co-organizer told HOH. In addition to honoring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., for continually going to bat for the federally funded Prostate Cancer Research Program during appropriations season, ZERO plans to mix things up by pairing the aforementioned politicos with competitive barbecue teams for a three-way cook-off. All three squads — Bishop is slated to head up Team Cornerstone, Tester will lead Team Varian Medical Systems and Wicker will serve as point man for Team Johnson & Johnson — have been tasked with smoking pork shoulders. Military personnel battling prostate cancer will at some point judge the slowly cooked contributions to the festivities. Local barbecue outfit P.I.G.S. (aka, Pork is Good Stuff catering) has been recruited to provide any supplemental sustenance needed to sate the teaming masses, while the National Beer Wholesalers Association has donated thirst-quenching brews. An aide to Sanford, whom organizers said was selected to participate after years of penning Dear Colleagues proposing additional aid for prostate cancer programs, told HOH the 12-term lawmaker is actually more a of a rib man. (The congressman billed Chester’s Barbeque in Columbus, Ga., as a personal favorite.) Staff noted that he’s no stranger to collegial contests, pointing to his recent win at the annual March of Dimes gala (his lemon pepper chicken took top honors) and the crowd-pleasing chili he whips up from time to time. No word on where Tester’s or Wicker’s head is at in terms of grilling strategy. Related: Doug Collins Fans the Flames of Barbecue Dominance Dennis Ross Smokes Out Grilling Mates Jerry Moran Stays True to Hometown ‘Cue See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.