By The Hill Staff - 06/29/11 11:11 PM EDT
Panetta, who was confirmed by the Senate unanimously as President Obama’s new Defense secretary, is a former House lawmaker and an ex-member of the so-called Boys Night Out.
Schumer still lives the college-like life in D.C., rooming with Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinReid: 'Lay off' Sanders criticism Senators tout 4.5B defense spending bill that sticks to budget Lawmakers seek changes in TSA PreCheck program MORE (D-Ill.) and Miller.
In a 2007 article in The New York Times, Schumer jabbed Durbin for balking at disposing of a household rodent.
‘’I once had to pick up a mouse by the tail that Durbin refused to pick up,’’ said Schumer at the time.
In his speech last week on the Senate floor, Schumer resisted the urge to needle Panetta, saying, “He is a strong, smart, honorable and devout man.” As Obama’s CIA director, Panetta played a major role in the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden. But did he ever grab a mouse by the tail?