As state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance reminded us yesterday, every year Washingtonian magazine surveys Capitol Hill staffers and publishes an awards issue.
Winner of the U.S. Senate, "No Rocket Scientist Award," in a tie with Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., is Wash. Sen. Patty Murray, currently up for re-election against Rep. George Nethercutt. (Nethercutt won no awards.) Murray, a Democrat, is a repeat winner.
Our fine state was also honored to have its other senator, Maria Cantwell, awarded a first-place for "Looks Good in a Bathing Suit."
Given the field, hard to say whether congratulations are really in order, Sen. Cantwell. (See below.)
Sen. Ted Kennedy won "Stay off the Beach" award for the third straight year. Especially after coming home from Au Bar -- never know what you'll find. (Quick, who knows their Kennedy trivia?)
Rep. Catherine Harris, the former Florida Sec. of State who certified the last election for President Bush and is widely reviled by Democrats around the country, won "No Rocket Scientist" on the House side, as well as "Worst Newcomer."
BTC's home state of Connecticut was represented by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, wife of Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg. She took home "Worst Dressed," and drew five times as many votes as her nearest challenger.
We're off to see Rudy Giuliani at the Fairmont. He's raising money for Nethercutt. Dems will have a counter-demonstration. We'll report when we return.