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What's unusual about this photo?

Speaker of the House Tom Foley shoots a buffalo gun at the Spokane Valley Rifle and Pistol Range in this 1994 photo. Foley met with club members in an attempt to counter an anti-Foley NRA ad campaign that had begun in the 5th District of Washington state. (File)
Speaker of the House Tom Foley shoots a buffalo gun at the Spokane Valley Rifle and Pistol Range in this 1994 photo. Foley met with club members in an attempt to counter an anti-Foley NRA ad campaign that had begun in the 5th District of Washington state. (File)

S-R photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings

Today's story about assault-weapon bans had this photo from the 1994 campaign of then House Speaker Tom Foley shooting a buffalo rifle at a local shooting range.

It's one of my favorite photos from the campaign, in part because there are two things about Foley that most people might say they'd rarely or never seen before.

One, obviously, is him shooting a buffalo rifle.

What's the other one?

Answer inside the blog.

Foley in a plaid shirt. Even in some of his more casual campaign appearance, he was rarely seen without a coat and tie.




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