State of the Union offers new members some lessons: Eat an early dinner

One such lesson is to eat before the speech. Another is to get a seat while you still can.

For freshman Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), there wasn’t time for supper on Tuesday. So by the time ITK caught up with them in Statuary Hall shortly before midnight, they were both hankering for a bite to eat.

West had eaten only a street vendor’s hot dog all day, so “yeah, I’m hungry,” he admitted. Hayworth also said she was looking forward to food, but not necessarily to a well-balanced meal. 

“I’ll probably have a brownie that my husband got for me,” she said. “Chocolate is the base of my food pyramid.” Hayworth’s love of chocolate is shared by at least one prominent Democrat: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who’s spoken often of her appreciation for deep, dark chocolate.

Hunger notwithstanding, at least both West and Hayworth got to sit down through President Obama’s hourlong address, which is more than you can say for Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanSenate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Dems go on the attack during EPA chief's hearing Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to fund broadband in infrastructure plan MORE (R-Ark.). Boozman, a former House member, gave his seat to Delaware Democrat and fellow Senate freshman Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach Hatch bill would dramatically increase H-1B visas Live coverage: Shutdown begins MORE when the pair arrived in the chamber. “Then I looked around, and there weren’t any more seats, so I just stood there,” he said, seemingly unaware that he was the only member of the upper chamber not seated.