Forget about what may or may not be happening on the floor.
The real action (at least this week) has been happening in cyberspace, as pols and food lovers put on their lobbying hats to help shepherd treasured goodies through CQ Roll Call’s month-long “A Taste of America” food fight.
The contest, which will whittle 64 signature eats to eight contenders over the next several weeks, is already shaping up to be a doozy. The winner will be revealed June 13 at a reception during the 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.pepperoni rolls
The tension is so palpable, the foodstuffs themselves have taken to drumming up support.
The most lopsided contest to date is Arizona chimichangas vs. Wyoming buffalo burgers. (Paging Dr. John Barrasso!):
The tightest, and perhaps most bizarre, race is Washington’s savory steelhead trout vs. Utah’s sweet, sweet cherry cobbler, the 2012 TOA champ:
Meanwhile, Idaho Republican Sen. Michael D. Crapo needn’t worry:
His home state’s crispy, hot spuds are spanking the 2011 ToA champion, apigigi from the Northern Mariana Islands.