In today’s political climate, getting bi-partisan support for anything can be tough. The surprising unifying factor between the two parties? Softball.
Last night, female members of Congress from both parties took to the field to challenge female members of the press at the 8th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
“It’s actually been a great thing to be involved in, because you get to meet your colleagues in the House that I don’t always interact with, on both sides of the aisle,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said. “You get to meet people and build relationships that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.”
The stands at the game were full of signs boasting slogans such as, “#17 on the field, but #1 in our hearts” and “Make Softball Great Again,” while Capitol Hill neighbors took in the game from their front yards, beers in hand and hot dogs on the grill.
“There’s no limit on press credentials here, any outlet can play,” game commentator Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) joked, digging at Trump’s revocation of the Washington Post’s press credentials, as the press team members — including reps from NBC, Roll Call and The Post — took to the field at Watkins Elementary School.
Congresswomen played air guitar to “We Will Rock You” as Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) started the team off strong for the “Members” with the first out of the game, but “Bad News Babes” ultimately came back from last year’s loss to beat the Congressional team 8-4.
Last night’s game broke fundraising records, raising $215,000 for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that targets breast cancer in young women. Since the event began in 2008, it’s raised over $875,000 for the cause.
“A lot of young women don’t realize they also can get breast cancer. So we want women in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s to be aware,” Gillibrand said. “That’s what this game does: it raises awareness and we raise funds to help those young survivors get the treatment they need.”
Among the many members of Congress on the side-lines supporting their co-workers were Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who donned a “cheerleader” T-shirt, rainbow sweatband and pantyhose sans shoes. “I avoid all exercise,” she joked.