In a message titled “Zen of the Fruitcake” posted on the Oregon Democrat’s website earlier this month, Blumenauer described his love of baking the seasonal staple: “Over the years, making fruitcake has become very important to me.”
The congressman’s reelection campaign held a contest ahead of Christmas to award “a fruitcake handcrafted by Earl Blumenauer, plus a certificate of authenticity,” randomly picking a donor in a drawing.
Linda Chion Kenney, an editor and writer for Brandon, Fla.’s Patch site, says her daughter was able to taste the cake since “she knows someone who knows someone who received a fruitcake from Blumenauer.”
According to Kenney, her daughter gave a positive review of the baked good, telling her mom, “I never had a fruitcake, so my expectations were pretty low. But it was a pleasant surprise, and I couldn’t stop eating it.”