House Dems winning press release war

Although Democrats came out on top in terms of percentages, a Republican takes the crown as the press release-releasing queen.

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) distributed 94 media messages in a mere two months, landing her in first place among her congressional colleagues. Smart Politics notes that the congresswoman would rank third if the Spanish-language duplicates she often sends out weren’t counted.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took the second-place slot, with 69 releases, followed by Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Overnight Tech: FCC chief downplays delay to TV box reforms | Lawsuit filed over internet transition | Waze rolls out ridehailing service Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-Mass.), with 60. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) round out the top five press release pros.

Ros-Lehtinen tells ITK in an email that between sending out press releases on global issues for residents of her “international city” and keeping folks abreast of the “many pressing local needs,” her congressional district office is “quite busy.” She added, “It’s a great mix of topics that make Miami such an attractive destination for foreigners. My press office is also very active in letting the people I proudly represent inform local media of my whereabouts and community activities.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Pelosi’s office didn’t respond to ITK’s request for comment, even in a press release.