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Congressional delegation bets on Super Bowl

If it's Super Bowl week, it must be time for politicians to make bets on the outcome for the teams they represent.

In keeping with that age-old tradition, the Washington and Colorado delegations are quickly out of the box with a collection of food. sweets and booze they are willing to bet on the game. In true bipartisan spirit, the bets include  members of both parties in each state.That's 10 for Washington and seven for Colorado.

For a look at what each member is putting on the line, go inside the blog.


The products wagered by the Washington House delegation include:

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (01-Wash.): Woodinville Wine and Smoked Salmon
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (02-Wash.): Gin from Everett's Bluewater Distilling
  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (03-Wash.): Candy from Chehalis Mints
  • Rep. Doc Hastings (04-Wash.): A bottle of Central Washington Wine
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (05-Wash.): Cougar Gold Cheese from Pullman
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (06-Wash.): Caramel Apples from Amy’s Decadent Chocolates and Almond Roca
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (07-Wash.): Theo’s Chocolate
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (08-Wash.): Boehm's Chocolates, Blueberry Hill Farm's blueberry pies, and Washington apples
  • Rep. Adam Smith (09-Wash.): Vietnamese BBQ from Rainier Restaurant and BBQ
  • Rep. Denny Heck (10-Wash.): Fisher Fair Scone Mix
  • Delegation: Skittles


The Colorado House delegation has offered:

  • Rep. Diana DeGette (01-Colo.): Stranahan’s Whiskey & Tamales
  • Rep. Jared Polis (02-Colo.): Celestial Seasonings Tea
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (03-Colo.):  Enstrom Toffee
  • Rep. Cory Gardner (04-Colo.): Rocky Mountain Oysters
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (05-Colo.): 2 locally-sourced, hormone and antibiotic-free Callicrate Beef sirloin steaks from Ranch Foods Direct
  • Rep. Mike Coffman (06-Colo.): 6 pack of Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Amber Ale
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter (07-Colo.): Caution Brewery Bomber Bat, barrel aged version of their smoked robust porter.

BTW: Rep. Gardner's oysters aren't like the kind we dig in Washington.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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