October 28th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Senators play ball: 'you're going down!'

Tonight the World Series starts, but the competition is already tense on Capital Hill.
Tonight the World Series starts, but the competition is already tense on Capital Hill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The players have yet to hit the field, but World Series trash-talking is already in full swing - on Capitol Hill.

It started on Monday with a bet on who was going to win the World Series. New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will send Pennsylvania Sens. Arlen Specter and Robert Casey Junior's Cheesecakes if the Philadelphia Phillies win and if the Yankees win, Schumer and Gillibrand will receive a supply of Philly cheesesteaks.

Gillibrand fired back on Wednesday: "@SenArlenSpecter Respectfully, Senator, sir...you're going down!"

But Specter stuck to his major league guns. "Hey @SenGillibrand, can you recommend a good cheesecake? We will be too busy celebrating the Phillies victory to decide."

Gillibrand explained the exchange for any confused constituents: "Just a friendly wager w/ @SenArlenSpecter over who will win the World Series."

Schumer and Casey do not have active Twitter accounts, but that hasn't kept them on the bench. "I give Senators Specter and Casey credit for sticking with their team but I can already taste those delicious Philly cheesesteaks," Schumer said in a joint statement issued by both states' senators earlier this week.

Casey was having none of it: "If the Phillies keep up their extraordinary efforts at the plate, on the mound and in the field, it is only a matter of time until Senator Specter and I are able to enjoy some delicious cheesecake."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Bev

    Seriously, who cares!!

    Why don't they start concentrating on our military men/women in Afghanistan who are getting killed--because Obama and the Democrats can't make a decision.

    Why don't they concentrate on the unemployment rate??

    Also,..........they really should be concentrating on the 2010 elections--as the Dems are going to get clobbered in 2010.

    October 28, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Geri

    I think there are more newsworthy things that could be written about than this crap. Lets get going on some of the bigger measures. Why don't you write an article & suggest to Obama & the lawmakers to stop dilly daddling around and get down to business.

    October 28, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Marshall

    Back to work!

    October 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Alan Smithee

    ok, you people are crazy. This story is well written and disserves a Pulitzer.

    October 28, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Robert

    "You're going down". I think the Gillibrand mis-tweeted. Clearly that was remark meant to be sent to former GOP member Larry Craig.

    October 28, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I wonder if Spectors home State,Israel, has a "private option"?Conn. does.Who does he represent?

    October 28, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Bev

    "You're going down"

    That should be the Republicans' campaign slogan for the 2010 elections.

    Or, "It's hammer time"

    As the Democrats are going to get clobbered in 2010--I can't wait!!!!

    October 28, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Stu

    This is great!

    October 28, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. DJ

    Yawn figures the paid-Republican spammers turn this into everything is all Obama's fault...he is been in office for 9 months and should have fixed all the problems already

    October 28, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    "Also,..........they really should be concentrating on the 2010 elections–as the Dems are going to get clobbered in 2010."

    I like how rethuglicans think they know the future. Just like they knew what was going to happen in Iraq (WMDs, be welcome as liberators), the 2006/2008 elections. Now they think they know the results of the 2010 elections. Here is a tip rethuglicans, "you are not a prophet so stop your wishful 100% incorrect thinking" Not even your fake God knows the future.

    October 28, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    Gift giving...hmmm? I thought NYS had rules about this...that state employees aren't allowed to gamble on the job, how is that Senators can? Double standard?

    October 28, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    will the fools in Congress ever get it, MAKE JOBS not WASTE.

    October 28, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Andy

    The real question is how many congressional pages refused to check email from GOP congressmen after hearing "you're going down"..

    October 28, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Mel Bailey

    We are all grateful for baseball and for the respite which it provides.

    October 28, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. ant

    The world is a mess thanks to this bunch and they are worried about a game. The whole lot should be horse whipped.

    October 28, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. jumbo

    i think specter played catch with abner doubelday and babe ruth...old timer you need to retire

    October 28, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. jumbo

    obama may win the cy young award ,,, he watched the world series

    October 28, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |