Congress Gone Wild? Lawmakers Take on Spring Break
(WASHINGTON) -- Congress’ annual two-week spring vacation from the nation’s capital is well under way, and many of the 535 lawmakers are following the tradition of sharing their wild (and in some cases, mild) experiences via social media.
What exactly does spring break mean for a typical Washington politician? From what we found, it’s fairly clear that most of them graduated from college a long time ago -- although New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker did spend some time back in high school this week.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., tweeted a photo of himself with a mouthful of matzah (it’s Passover, after all) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., strapped on some sneakers to train for next week’s Boston Marathon.
Then there were Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who took to Twitter to share photos from their Eurotrip with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Nothing says spring break like oceanside military protocols.
House Speaker John Boehner traveled to Afghanistan along with seven other House Republicans to visit troops as well as Ambassador James Cunningham and General Joseph Dunford, according to the speaker’s office.
Spring break, it seems, is a great time for lawmakers to pig out. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., tweeted out this photo of her and a large stone pig in front of Farmland, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
Great day in Lincoln, Friend, & Crete. Stopped by the Farmland facility in Crete this afternoon. Thx for the tour! pic.twitter.com/CyFGMdRoqp— Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) April 15, 2014
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hosted a good ole’ southern barbeque.
And the Jewish Rep. Jared Polis, D- Colo., noshed on Matzah in honor of Passover.
~Matzah, matzah man... I wanna be a Matzah man~ pic.twitter.com/QuSrmRh7QB— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) April 15, 2014
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., daydreamed about pizza crust stuffed with hot dogs, chili and cheese.
Just learned New Zealand Pizza Huts sell pizza w crust stuffed w hot dogs stuffed w chili & cheese. Go there soon must I.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 16, 2014
Other lawmakers used the holiday as a chance to get in shape. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Kennedy, III., D-Mass. kept busy training for the Boston Marathon.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.Va., celebrated her dad’s 91st birthday.
Happy 91st birthday, Dad! pic.twitter.com/l4VYsMN9ZA— Shelley Moore Capito (@RepShelley) April 16, 2014
A few lawmakers knew where to go to recapture the wild spring break zeitgeist -- back to school. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., certainly captured the heart of the young, hip set. Way to go, #bro.
Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., Joe Heck, R-Nev., Patrick Murphy, D-Fla. and Lee Terry, R-Neb., also tried to drum up support from young people.
Enjoyed meeting with the NC State Young Americans for Liberty yesterday! pic.twitter.com/X2Gl6KxiiA— Rep. Walter Jones (@RepWalterJones) April 16, 2014
Great morning at All Saints Catholic School to discuss community involvement and their SIFMA stock market challenge. pic.twitter.com/1Qv4PRRmqJ— Patrick Murphy (@PatrickMurphyFL) April 16, 2014
And Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., apparently thought no one’s too young to care about Congress.
Some GOPers used their break to get a head start on higher political ambitions. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, traveled to the early presidential primary state of South Carolina to talk to the Free Enterprise Foundation.
Honored to join the Free Enterprise Foundation's 8th Annual Awards Dinner this evening at The Citadel! pic.twitter.com/5UkSeoerT2— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 16, 2014
And 2012 vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., made a spring break appearance in the ever-crucial swing state of Ohio to talk about the economy.
And failed 2012 presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is retiring from the House this election cycle, kept her 2016 options open by traveling Liberty University in the swing state of Virginia.
Some didn’t even take off work at all. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D- Ill., strapped on his working boots.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Penn., hosted a field hearing at Drexel University with members of the House Homeland Security Committee to talk cybercrime.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., spent part of his spring break using public buses to talk with constituents and jumping on the selfie bandwagon with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
Hopped on the Q line in New Haven to hear what's on people's minds pic.twitter.com/wzN5gUfxOU— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 15, 2014
And what would spring break be without town halls?
Countdown to 700th town hall with No. 697 in Hood River County. Great questions at Hood River Valley High School. pic.twitter.com/h8X6SuD1Gu— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 15, 2014
Tons, and tons of town halls.
Rep. Gosar at Golden Shores townhall: Government isn't the engine that drives business pic.twitter.com/hSNnslDVHx— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) April 16, 2014
Way too many town halls.
Harlan Town Hall 31 ppl Topics-Ukraine, PostOffice,Obamacare, GasTax,regs, SocialSecurity, Benghazi,ForeignAid, FlatTax, immig, debt,MinWage— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 15, 2014
Kicking off the prairie chicken town hall in Roswell. pic.twitter.com/5dc3WPdE8g— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) April 15, 2014
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