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Softball: ‘Debbie Is Gonna Make Us Practice in the Rain’

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is not happy with her softball team’s practice rain-out policy.

Wasserman Schultz, second from left, is not happy with her team's rain-out policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo.)
Wasserman Schultz, second from left, is not happy with her team’s rain-out policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wasserman Schultz captains the Congressional Women’s Softball team, a group of female lawmakers who play against female Washington press corps members every June to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.

It seems that on Monday evening, the Congressional team’s organizers canceled their Tuesday practice — set for 7 a.m. — in anticipation of rain.

But the rain didn’t come.

The incident quickly became known as “the bogus call.” And so, Wasserman Schultz discussed the policy during votes on the House floor Wednesday, advocating for a rain-out decision the morning of practices.

Fellow Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was nearby and offered her own commentary.

“Debbie is gonna make us practice in the rain and I just got my hair done,” the Republican quipped.

Ros-Lehtinen confirmed the events to HOH.

“Absolutely true! I’m getting a ride from Debbie in the morn and I’m doing a rain dance!” she wrote in a Wednesday evening email about Thursday’s practice. “I went to Bubbles this morning for my Comcast newsmakers interview today. Such a loss of a good hairdo manana if it rains!”

Wasserman Schultz responded with a comment that made us concerned about the safety of her team.

“The Congressional Women’s team will endure rain, snow, sleet or hail, in our pursuit of taking the trophy back from the Bad News Babes,” she wrote in an email.

Which kind of reminded us of this:

The press team prefers a less lightning-rod approach — literally. Press players are not ashamed of the fact that they, and their aluminum bats, stay home during lightning storms.

According to Facebook, Thursday’s practice happened and Ros-Lehtinen was in attendance.

The game this year is on June 26. Check out the rosters here. You can buy tickets here.

Disclosure: The author of this post is a co-captain of the Bad News Babes, the press team.

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