Congressmen team up for cartoon-inspired event

altWhile ITK is sure they wouldn’t dream of pounding each other with clubs or setting up any booby traps, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) are taking a page out of the Hanna-Barbera handbook, recently appearing together at an event dubbed “Tom and Gerry: Political Cat and Mouse.”

The bipartisan duo, who just happen to have the same names as the mischief-making classic cartoon feline and rodent “Tom and Jerry,” discussed what it takes to overcome congressional gridlock at the Tuesday discussion sponsored by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in Annandale, Va.

While the political pair’s history doesn’t go back as far as the animated animals from the 1940s, they have come together for several chats over the years.

Connolly told us in an email, “When Tom and I appear together for one of these forums, I think we show the audience that there can be comity and civility in the political process. Although we don't always agree, we highlight the value of listening to the other side and respecting other points of view."

Connolly won Davis's old seat in 2008 after the centrist Republican announced his retirement.