HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Senators Bet on Super Bowl

Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:55am

’Tis the season for Super Bowl bets.

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) are wagering on the upcoming Feb. 6 game between football teams from their home states.

In the event that the Pittsburgh Steelers win the title, Johnson will give Toomey an assortment of Wisconsin cheese, bratwurst and beer. But if the Green Bay Packers are victorious, Toomey will supply Johnson with a sandwich from the Pittsburgh-based shop Primanti Bros.

While the game is still almost two weeks away, the trash talk has already begun.

“I’m sure Sen. Johnson would enjoy some of Pittsburgh’s best sandwiches, which taste just as good as the upcoming Steelers’ victory,” Toomey said in a release.

Oh no he didn’t!

Johnson took the opportunity in his response to flex his political muscles and tease Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who he says lost a bet last Sunday when the Chicago Bears fell to the Packers in the National Football Conference championship.

“Being frugal and a fiscal conservative, my first thought was to simply re-gift the Chicago Style Pizza and Illinois beer that the Packers helped us win from Senator Kirk,” Johnson said in a release. “But that wouldn’t highlight the fine products made in Wisconsin.”