So what’s Connolly’s game plan?

“I’m a very visual person, so I see words so I can spell them out,” he reveals. Connolly’s communications director, George Burke, tells ITK, “Contestants, beware,” because his boss is the real deal.

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Burke says Connolly will “hold his own in the spelling bee,” and his spelling prowess is on display even when a bee championship title isn’t on the line. Calling him a “voracious reader” who spots grammatical errors in documents prepared by his staff and in news articles, Burke admits, “I occasionally have to go to the dictionary to determine the meaning of an arcane word he inserts into a statement.”

“All I can say is: [Sen.] Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeGOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers over ObamaCare A guide to the committees: Senate GOP sets sights on internet privacy rules MORE [R-Ariz.], look out,” Connolly tells us with a hearty laugh.

Flake, another one of the nine congressional participants in the bee, appears to be taking a much more laid-back approach.

“I’m just going to bee myself,” he said in an email.

Other lawmakers slated to compete include: Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), along with Sens. Chris CoonsChris CoonsSenate advances Trump's Commerce pick Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senate Dem: Trump will hurt Gorsuch's confirmation by undermining judiciary MORE (D-Del.), Tim KaineTim KaineA guide to the committees: Senate Mattis on rise in Trump administration Senate advances Trump's Commerce pick MORE (D-Va.) and Chris MurphyChris MurphyA guide to the committees: Senate Senators eye new sanctions against Iran For Trump and Russia, the fall of Michael Flynn is only the beginning MORE (D-Conn.).

But Connolly says the Beltway reporters — including The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, CBS News’ Major Garret, and Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry, among others — are really the ones who will have to start studying their Merriam-Webster dictionaries: “We have to remind our colleagues in the press that there are no copy editors in the spelling bee.”