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February 13, 2016

Softball: Ex-Collegiate Ballplayer Eyes Congress

Have the women of Congress found their ringer?

Democrats may have landed a recruit in California’s 21st District against Republican Rep. David Valadao, according to Nathan L. Gonzales of The Rothenberg Political Report. Her name is Amanda Renteria and she is not just a former Capitol Hill staffer, but also a four-year softball player for the Stanford Cardinals.

Why does this matter? Because the women of Congress band together each spring to face off against the women of the Washington press corps in a softball game. After two losses, Team Congress is on the prowl for a win and, maybe after the 2014 midterms, a new ringer.

But this is a bipartisan team. And a Renteria recruitment poses the age-old question to the likes of Reps. Martha Roby, Kristi Noem, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and any other House Republicans on Team Congress: Would you rather hold the seat or “Beat the Press“?

Gonzales, a colleague and “friend” of HOH had some fun on Twitter with this development:


HOH eagerly awaited the Twitter reaction from Team Congress co-captain and Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Gonzales’ post. It was remarkably restrained:


The annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game raises money for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.

Disclosure: The author of this post is a co-captain of the Bad News Babes, the press team.

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  • Arshad Sherif, M.A., M.Ed.

    Each year the women of Congress face off against the women of the Washington press in their annual softball game. Not really such a good idea, with the exception that it does raise money for charity. But there are many ways to raise money for charity.

    If the women in Congress took their jobs seriously, it is doubtful that they would have time for such games. Nor would the women of the Washington press have time. That’s if they took reporting and news analysis more seriously. And such closeness and familiarity between the press and those representing the people in Congress should raise eyebrows. The job of the press is to keep careful watch on our politicians. Members of the media have a solemn duty to look objectively at the work of lawmakers and to be critical when criticism is warranted. Playing games together makes reporters less objective and politicians less fearful of the media.

    And not that many at all watch the annual softball game. Only a handful of onlookers, who gather around in D.C., where the game is played. The quality of play certainly precludes the slightest possibility of the game being televised. How embarrassing that would be to the participants.

    But we do see photos. My junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has earned a place on the congressional softball team and she is amazingly seductive in her tight sweatpants. Her well-defined derrière is a sight to behold.

    And so for Kirsten Gillibrand the annual softball game serves a dual purpose: she arouses her male electorate back in NY when they see photos of her in action and, at the same time, she gets to cozy up with the press.

    But the press includes Playboy as well. I would like to see my junior senator
    get more friendly with that kind of media. If Kirsten Gillibrand gives us a full-frontal view in the pages of Playboy, we promise to vote for her. Yes, she will get our vote each time she asks for it. And we will donate to her campaign, too. Each time she asks.

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