What’s for sale: pint glass and ‘Thundersticks’ go head to head

In ITK’s semi-regular feature, we present the wonderful and sometimes wacky items for sale in politicians’ online stores.

Sellers of the week: Senate candidates Eric Hovde (R) and Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinVulnerable Senate Dems have big cash advantages Dem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Dem senators call on FCC to protect against robocalls MORE (D-Wis.)

For sale: Set of two Hovde “thundersticks” vs. Baldwin pint glass

Price: $4 and $16

Description: In this week’s “What’s for Sale,” we’re pitting Republican Senate hopeful Eric Hovde’s noise-making thundersticks against the pint glass emblazoned with Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s  name.

Move over, vuvuzelas — by selling an inexpensive pair of the narrow plastic balloons, Hovde seems to be trying to raise the volume at rallies as he faces a heated Republican primary battle in the race for the seat of retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).

While not quite as thunderously loud, the Union-made pint glasses Democratic Senate candidate Baldwin is hawking can certainly create some major clinking sounds from supporters. Plus, they can hold a beverage of choice.

If you see a bizarre, silly or simply inexplicable item being sold by a lawmaker, let us know. Email jkurtz@thehill.com and we’ll publish the best of the bunch.

Editor’s note: The writer’s husband was employed by Eric Hovde’s asset management firm from 2008-10.