WASHINGTON (CNN) - Late Wednesday night, Sen. Ben Nelson's office was littered with doctored, deliberately embarrassing photos of the Nebraska senator. There's no investigation looming - Nelson already knows the culprit: a fellow Senate Democrat, who boasted of her exploits on Twitter.
Ahead of the Nebraska-Missouri football game, Missouri Sen. McCaskill and her press secretary were granted access to Nebraska Sen. Nelson's office for the latest round in a prank war that stretches back years.
The senator and her aide replaced official and family portraits.with various doctored pictures of Nelson sporting Missouri's black and gold, and posing with the Mizzou tiger mascot, according to Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson. "Important timely new official photo. Glad @SenBenNelson has finally come around," McCaskill tweeted, along with a picture of Nelson sporting the Mizzou logo on his face, a gold Missouri lapel pin and a gold and black tie.
Both teams have 4-1 overall records, but Nebraska is atop the Big 12 Conference's North Division with a 1-0 conference record while Missouri is 0-1. The latest college football poll ranks Nebraska No. 21, while Missouri is 24th.
Last spring, while McCaskill was presiding over the Senate floor, Nelson was granted access to her office. He went in and rearranged some of her furniture, hung a big Nebraska flag and placed various pictures of himself throughout the office, McCaskill spokeswoman Maria Speiser recounted to CNN.
The pranks started in 2007 the day McCaskill was to be sworn in into The United States Senate for her first term when Sen. Nelson asked McCaskill which biblical verse she had chosen to recite for her ceremony.
"She went into a quiet panic," Speiser recalled. "She started to page through the Bible, thinking frantically 'what am I going to do?'"
"[Nelson] let her go on for a couple minutes thinking she was in trouble for having forgotten she needed a Bible verse, before he whispered to her 'I just love practical jokes.'" Speiser said. Nelson played the same prank on Hillary Clinton before she was sworn in in 2001.
What was Sen. Nelson reaction when the tables were turned?
"He thought it was really funny," said Thompson, who has twice been a target of the senator's pranks.
While the pranks usually happen about once a year, Speiser said she wouldn't be surprised if Nelson tries to retaliate ahead of schedule - "but who knows when that will be," she said.
Now you talk about a waste of paper and time this is sooooooooooo not new. Who cares that two of our supposive working people in congress are playing pranks, it's ridiculous
lol....did she EVER pick a verse?...lol.....
Nothing wrong with harmless fun......this is mild compared to Yankee -Red Socks pranks.....
Why are you being so cranky about it? It's harmless fun. Do we expect our senators to be robots and only do work? If so, I suggest you do the same and agree to have no fun whatsoever in your line of employment. The article clearly states this happens about ONCE A YEAR. I doubt one day out of 365 spent "pranking" will make a difference in their legislative dedication or performance.
I'm from MO and I'm glad her worthless @ss has nothing better to do..
How about doing your job!
Not as bad as the prank pulled on the American people 2000-2008.
Are you two the fun police?
Isn't Ben funny? Claire too. Wish I was in the same position they are so I could have fun playing little pranks on people. Guess when you make good money, have excellent insurance coverage, and no risk whatsoever of losing your home or health, it would be pretty easy to be them. Unfortunately, I am too worried about my job and my out of control insurance costs. But hey Ben, you keep doing what you have been doing. Moving pictures around, making up little stories that aren't true, and oh yeah, hang in there with your "opposition" to improving my situation...you little prankster, you. You are both obviously, totally out of touch.
This is the kind of crap that makes me freakin' nuts. Politicians are totally and completely disconnected from their consituents! Not an ounce of common sense or compassion. People are dying, losing their jobs, and can't afford insurance and they are "locked" in a prank???!!!
I'm glad that they have all the time to play pranks on one another, but not enough time to get health care reform done quickly.
The dems can't pass healthcare, yet still blaming the GOP on their inabilities, yet we have time for pranks?? Way to go! The voters are also going to play a prank in November 2010! It 's called "Let's see how many liberals we can bounce out of office! It's gonna be fun! Are you ready?
Next they'll swipe all the Ws off the computer keyboards. Oh, they already did that in 2001. Glad to see these childish pranksters are earning their huge salaries while so many Americans are out of work.
Sweet Mary! Lighten up folks! It was a practical joke!
Yes, there's a ton both could be doing for their respected states, but allow a little brevity.
If you don't like the job they do, don't vote for them next go around.
This is one former Missourian that thinks this sort of thing is great.
Lighten up people.
I'm glad someone in this country has a sense of humor.
OMG people. 2 adults having a little fun and some of you have to make a big deal out of it? Noblody gets hurt, us taxpayers aren't footing the bill for lavish expensives and vacations. I don't see a problem with them enjoying themselves and trying to make an otherwise hectic job into something a little more fun.
I would not vote for either of these idiots!
Hey folks – this is what we get for an annual salary of 165K or eighty bucks an hour; obviously they do not have enough work.
Regardless of job, political, religious, spiritual, cultural and educational differences it is nice to remember (once in a while) that we are all human and only here for a short time! Enjoy your friend and neighbors company.
When we set aside ego we make way for progress.
Wow, a lot of you guys need to get that stick out of your derriere. Thanks for a light story to end the week, CNN. I needed it.
Give them Nobel awards too.