The notably combative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – the man many hold responsible for the federal government shutdown in October – had some holiday advice for his much more mild mannered colleague from Pennsylvania:
Indulge in stronger vices.
According to NPR, Cruz wrote as much in a note attached to a gift of chocolate and coffee he gave to Sen. Bob Casey this week during the annual Senate Secret Santa exchange.
Chocolate and coffee, apparently, are Casey’s vices of choice, and they're hard enough to shake.
“If Senator Cruz doesn’t think chocolate is a difficult vice then Senator Casey suggests he spend more time in Pennsylvania sampling some of the country’s best chocolates,” joked John Rizzo, Casey spokesman.
Underscoring his love for the sweet treat, Casey gifted Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, based in Dumore, Pennsylvania. In the previous two years he gave Godiva, which has a plant based in Reading, as his Secret Santa offering. (Perhaps next year Casey may consider giving sweets from local Just Born, maker of Peanut Chews and Mike and Ikes.)
The gift exchange is a relatively new Capitol Hill tradition created several years ago by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to build holiday cheer among Senate colleagues. A filibuster-proof majority of senators – 65 – participated.
But for the third year in a row, for the purpose of this blog post only, we present Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey with the Grinch award for not joining his Senate colleagues in the bipartisan festivities.
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