Lawmaker questions stump members in trivia contest

The lawmaker team, which came in last, struggled with questions like: In the vote for House Speaker, who did some Republicans choose instead of John Boehner?

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"I'm trying to remember who I voted for," Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) joked.

"You were in the room," Hotline managing editor Quinn McCord told them.

Also proving tough for lawmakers: naming which member represented iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and The Alamo.

Rules of the contest were strict.

"No Wikipedia," Hotline editor Reid Wilson said at the beginning of the contest. "Put your phones down."

But the mood of the night was jovial. The questions provoked lots of laughter, shouted answers, and protests to particularly tough inquires — at times making it hard to hear who answered what.

And the quips ran freely.

When all the teams were stumped by which Republican represented the Eastern-most congressional district in the country, they were told it was Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.).

"Not for long," joked Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).

And when asked which member of Congress had a unit of measure named after him, Hudson quipped: "Weiner" as the room bust into laughter and applause.

GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway, a member of the Insiders team, replied: "Give him all our points."

(For those wondering, the correct answer is former Senator Jake Garn.)

In the end it was the media team, consisting of The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, the New York Times's Carl Hulse, the Washington Post's Paul Kane, Cook Political Report's Amy Walter and Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz, who triumphed with 285 points.

The insiders team was second with 260 points. And the lawmakers, made up of Israel, Hudson, Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), came in last with 173 points.

Israel won the coveted "Tom Davis Most Valuable Player Award," named after the former GOP congressman who has participated in all five trivial contests (and impressed the crowd with his knowledge of congressional districts). 

Attendees helped vote for the MVP (we're sure the fact that several DCCC staffers were present was a coincidence) and Israel, who poised triumphal with Davis afterward, said he was honored.

— Photos courtesy of National Journal. Above left is the lawmaker trivia team. Above right is former Rep. Tom Davis and Rep. Steve Israel.