By Judy Kurtz - 01/26/12 01:30 AM EST
Being a member of Congress doesn’t always mean swanky Washington dinners or cocktail hours filled with caviar and lobster hors d’oeuvres — sometimes it involves feasting on raccoon.
Rep. Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordWhy a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Convention calendar: Parties and events Southern lawmakers fight to keep USDA catfish inspections MORE (R-Ark.) learned that as he recently attended his first Gillett Coon Supper in his home state. And when you show up at such an event, especially if you’re a politician, you better be mentally prepared to eat some raccoon, which has been called “the other dark meat.”
As far as the taste, the wild-game-eating freshman said it was OK, though he stopped short of asking for a doggie bag. In an email, the congressman told ITK, “I did try some of the raccoon and I can tell you that it wasn’t too bad, but I didn’t ask to take any home, either.”
But the raccoon must have a magical draw on whoever dares to eat it, because the lawmaker is already committing to another of the get-togethers, which is usually dominated by Democrats: “I’m planning to attend the Coon Supper again next year, and maybe I can even convince a few more Republicans to join me.”