By Judy Kurtz - 07/31/12 12:03 AM EDT
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 Baldwin (D-Wis.)
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 email@example.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.