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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Bye Bye Bunning

The will-he or won’t-he drama of whether now-retiring Sen. Jim Bunning would seek re-election kept Senate observers captivated for months, but the Kentucky Republican didn’t seem to attract too much attention HOH-wise during his two terms on Capitol Hill.

[IMGCAP(1)]A quick search of Roll Call’s archives reveals that Bunning made HOH’s pages only a handful of times, perhaps most notably for an appearance he made in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the summer of 2008.

An HOH spy spotted the former Major League Baseball pitcher signing autographs (for $50 each) during Induction Weekend for the new members of the Hall of Fame.

The price tag seemed about right — Bunning is a Hall of Famer himself, after all.

And it seemed to be for a good cause, since proceeds went to the Jim Bunning Foundation, which provides grants to various charities each year.

But we did note that Bunning reports a $20,000 annual salary from the foundation.

Other noteworthy items:

• In June 2008, HOH came across an interesting note in the Senator’s financial disclosure form — Bunning and his wife had spent $1,474.46 on food during a weekend in West Palm Beach, Fla.

• Before the Senate broke for recess in August 2007, the chamber adopted a Bunning-sponsored piece of legislation naming September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.—

• And while not related directly to the Senator, we reported in April 2008 that Shannon Rusbuldt, a former Bunning intern, filmed scenes as a catwalk-prancing model in the “Sex and the City— movie.

Cribs,’ Chaffetz-Style. Rep. Jason Chaffetz takes viewers behind the scenes into his life on Capitol Hill — including showing off that famous cot — in a segment that originally aired Monday night on a Utah television station.

In the video, the Republican gives Fox 13 reporter Max Roth an all-access look into the small hallway where he sets up his cot to sleep each night, along with showing off his makeshift closet and the sink where he freshens up.

Chaffetz also opens up about his first seven months in Washington, admitting that he’s gotten plenty of press (remember when he leg wrestled Stephen Colbert?) but insisting that he’s not after all the attention.

“I just say yes. I don’t go out and ask for it. I’m an open book,— Chaffetz says.

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