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By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:55 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2013
Freshman senator and Notre Dame alumnus Joe Donnelly has taken a page poster from his alma mater’s playbook, motivating his Capitol Hill staff with this wonky take on the Fighting Irish’s work ethic:
Elizabeth Shappell, communications director for the Indiana Democrat, told HOH that a friend presented him with the positivity-promoting placard a few years back. She said Donnelly tries to honor that challenge by maintaining a “dedication to put politics aside and work with both parties to get things done for Hoosier families.”
Donnelly is hardly, however, the first person to co-opt the 2013 BCS National Championship runner-up’s iconic credo:
Financial wiz Warren Buffett purportedly has his cabal of financiers high-five this custom signage on their way out of his Nebraska office:
Alcoholics have also had their way with the famous saying:
And then, of course, there are those who love to rub Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s breathtaking naïveté in his face:
Not that the cynics can drag Donnelly down.
His most champion-like day so far?
“For Sen. Donnelly, it was being sworn in as Indiana’s newest senator with Hoosier Senators Birch Bayh, Dick Lugar and Evan Bayh walking him into the Senate chamber,” Shappell said.
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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call, having previously worked as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine and also as a tax reporter for Tax Notes. @WARojas
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