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Bobby Rush and other great moments in congressional dress-code flouting: Bella Abzug, Jim Mattox, John Randolph

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) sure made a statement when he appeared on the House floor in a hoodie — a moment of solidarity with shooting victim Trayvon Martin that got him ruled out of order and escorted out of the room — but it was hardly a first. Here are some other great moments in deliberate congressional dress code flouting:


Rep. Jim Mattox. (Family Photo)








Rep. Bella Abzug in 1975. (Frank Johnston/The Washington Post)

John Randolph and his hounds (New York Public Library)

Bobby Rush’s House-floor protest: when is a hoodie a hat?

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