Heard on the Hill

Senators' World Series Bets Don't Cross Party Lines

Ohio and Illinois senators have beer on the table

Ohio and Illinois senators made some friendly wagers on the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, which starts Tuesday.

But with two weeks left before a contentious election, they steered clear of the other party.

Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown bet that if the Cubs win, he will bring beer from Cleveland’s Platform Brewing Company to Democrat Richard J. Durbin.

If the Cubs lose, Durbin is on the hook for beer from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.

“No team in sports has had a more storied journey to a championship series than the Chicago Cubs,” Durbin said in a release on Monday.

Brown responded, “As a lifelong Indians fan, I know that a World Series win for Cleveland is long overdue — and this is the year they’re going to clinch it.”

Ohio Republican Rob Portman wagered that if the Indians win, Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk owes him a case of Goose Island as well, but specifically the brewery’s 312 beer.

If the Cubs win, Portman owes Kirk a case of Great Lakes Oktoberfest beer from Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company.

“I look forward to enjoying a Great Lakes beer after the Cubs fly the W,” Kirk said in a press release on Monday.

Portman said in response, “The [NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers] ended a long championship drought and now the Indians have the opportunity to do the same.”

[Feinstein Dangles Chardonnay Before Casey, Portman]

There was some interparty wagering over the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors  and the Cavaliers. Portman bet Great Lakes beer against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but, she had to pay up with a case of chardonnay.

Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer, had to deliver Brown beer from California’s 21st Amendment Brewery and had to wear a LeBron James jersey when she handed it over.

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