He said the a chairman always had his water brought in separately by an aide. One day, Leahy found himself choking.
"I took a sip out of his glass," Leahy recalled. "It wasn't water."
Leahy joked that the current chairwoman, Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiBipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Dems press for paycheck fairness bill on Equal Pay Day After 30 years celebrating women’s history, have we made enough progress? MORE (D-Md.), probably doesn't drink vodka on the job, even though she is proud of her Polish roots.
"In Polish, the word for water is 'woda' and the word for vodka is 'wodka,'" Mikulski said. "Only one 'k' separates them ... that's why I drink mine out of a clear bottle to preserve my reputation."