Heard on the Hill: Tie One On

Posted March 14, 2011 at 5:29pm

Move over Rep. Earl Blumenauer, there’s a new bow tie lover in town. Rep. Rick Crawford and his staff have taken a page from the Oregon Democrat’s style manual and are now wearing the signature accessory every Tuesday.

The Arkansas Republican proposed the idea for “bow tie Tuesday” a few weeks back when the staffers were feeling drained after working tirelessly on the continuing resolution spending bill.

Crawford sent a mass text message to the men in the office and a weekly tradition was born.

“Bow tie Tuesday is something different to break up the monotony of the day and give the office something to look forward to,” Crawford tells HOH. “It’s also a great conversation piece on the House Floor.”

Men in the office aren’t the only ones to get onboard with the trend. The women in Crawford’s office have begun wearing bows in their hair.

In fact, “bow tie Tuesday” has been so well-received that it has become a friendly competition to see who has the best one each week. At the end of the day, a secret ballot vote is conducted and a winner is named. The office is even in the process of buying a trophy that will be passed around to each week’s bow tie champ.

Crawford has long been a fan of bow ties.

“The great thing about bow ties is they stay out of the way,” he says.”You’re less likely to get an errant splash of chili or marinara sauce on yourself. From a practical stance, you can’t beat bow ties.”