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Softball: Member-Vs.-Member Senate Race Brewing on Women’s Team

One of the few respites from partisanship in Washington is the Congressional Women’s Softball team. That could all change in June.

Earlier Wednesday, our friends over at CQ Roll Call’s “At The Races” blog reported that Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., will spend from now until June contemplating a run for Senate.

Here’s the rub: Ellmers is set to play on the bipartisan softball team. If she runs, it will be a challenge against Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., a perennial player.

Hagan has not officially committed to the team this year, but has participated in the past. Team sources are operating under the assumption that both members will be in the big game on June 26.

It is something of a high class problem for the the bipartisan team. Most of the players advocate for increasing the numbers of women in Congress and actively encourage women to run for office.

And Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., created the game with a bipartisan intent. Some of the most fiercely partisan animals on the Hill are on this team and have bonded over their common enemy: the female press corps of Capitol Hill.

This is the first instance we can think of where two potential players could end up as direct political adversaries. And so, as Ellmers mulls a run, she will also be reporting to morning practices over the next six weeks, and Hagan might be there as well.

Should this race materialize, the question in 2014 will be: Will Republican team members campaign against Hagan and likewise with the Democrats and Ellmers?

It all just makes our heads hurt and makes us think of this Ray LaMontagne song:

The annual Congressional Women’s Softball game pits female members of Congress against the female Capitol Hill press corps. It benefits the Young Survival Coalition, a group that supports young women fighting breast cancer.

Obligatory disclosure: The author of this post is a co-captain of the members’ rival team, the Bad News Babes. 

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