Ryan Costello

Cruz, McCarthy Shoot Congressional Hoops, But Lawmakers Lose to Lobbyists

The lobbyists bested the lawmakers once again at the 20th annual congressional basketball game on Tuesday night. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Ted Cruz were among the members on the team this year, joining Reps. Ryan A. Costello, Brad Wenstrup, Carlos Curbelo, and the sole Democrat and the team — freshman Conor Lamb. 

The score was 57-53. 

Watch: 38 Former Members Who Died This Past Year Honored at Capitol

The Association of Former Members of Congress hosted its annual memorial service in Statuary Hall on Wednesday to honor the 38 former members of Congress who died in the last year, including Rep. Louise Slaughter, Sens. Daniel Akaka, Jim Bunning, Pete Domenici and John McCain.

How the Midterms Might Affect the Congressional Baseball Lineup

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales likes his day job covering politics, but he loves when he can combine that with his baseball hobby. With the annual Congressional Baseball Game coming up June 14, Gonzales takes a look at how a wave of retirements and competitive races in November could affect both the Democratic and GOP rosters going forward.

Below is a transcript of the video.

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Democrats Moving on from Top Recruit in Competitive District

Costello is potentially vulnerable in his first re-election race, which will take place in a presidential year in a competitive district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats have had their eyes on Pennsylvania’s 6th District for over a decade, but haven’t been able to crack the code to win the seat.  

They thought that had a top-tier recruit in Mike Parrish, a businessman, military veteran, and former Republican. But nearly halfway through the cycle, Parrish’s campaign has floundered and Democratic strategists are moving on and searching for another candidate.