In The Know: Missouri reps: Rush Limbaugh could be good for Rams

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told ITK, “With both the [Kansas City] Chiefs and Rams yet to win a game this season, maybe Rush’s fire and brimstone can inspire the Rams to victory.”

GOP Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.) also favors Limbaugh’s effort, but his reasons are more strategic than inspirational.

“One has to wonder whether a Limbaugh-led team would be too conservative in its play-calling,” he joked to ITK in an e-mail, “and less likely to run left. I’m sure, however, that the team’s pass ‘rush’ would improve.”

Limbaugh is teaming up with Dave Checketts, the owner of professional hockey’s St. Louis Blues, to try to buy the 0-4 Rams.

The group faces a number of competing bidders for the team, and Rams officials have cautioned that they may not accept any of the offers.

Limbaugh, who was born in Missouri, used to work for the Kansas City Royals and had a brief stint as an analyst for ESPN.

He resigned from the sports network after he made controversial remarks about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

GOP Senate candidate’s wife attacks GOP senators on Twitter

Vicki Tiahrt, wife of Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), takes her political battles personally.

Vicki’s husband is running for the Senate. But she isn’t going after Rep. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMcConnell works to salvage tax bill GOP in furious push for tax-reform votes Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (Kan.), Tiahrt’s opponent in the GOP primary.

Instead, Vicki’s harsh words are reserved for Todd’s potential future GOP Senate colleagues: Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (Ariz.), Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnFormer GOP senator: Trump has a personality disorder Lobbying World -trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground MORE (Okla.) and John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Dems push for more money for opioid fight MORE (S.D.).

 From her Twitter account, Vicki at around midnight on Monday linked to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece about the financial bailout bill: “2 bad Sen ThuneMcCainColburn [sic] voted 4 it-who do they take us 4,” she Tweeted.

Moments later, Vicki posted: “Thank goodness my GOP doesn’t look like old white guys who stand for bailouts, the French tanker and amnesty — McLame indeed!”

Both Tiahrt and Moran voted against the 2008 Wall Street rescue bill.

Rep. Tiahrt’s office did not reply to a request for comment. The offices of Sens. McCain, Coburn and Thune did not comment.

All three GOP senators have endorsed Moran, who is leading Tiahrt in recent polls.

A tale about a giant cockroach, a lobbyist and Capitol Police
A large cockroach and a lobbyist had a conversation on Capitol Hill last week, but accounts vary on how heated the discussion was.

Convenience store lobbyist Lyle Beckwith denied to ITK that he used an expletive when he addressed the human being decked out as a cockroach.
But two eyewitnesses said he did.

The cockroach in question was handing out copies of an article Beckwith wrote recently for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) magazine, in which he jokingly (but repeatedly) compared members of Congress to cockroaches.

The references to cockroaches in the article had been highlighted on the copy that was being distributed.

NACS and other retailers are lobbying Congress to reduce the interchange fees that credit card companies charge them.

The cockroach-Beckwith exchange occurred as the cockroach crashed a press conference touting the interchange-fees legislation. (For the record, this is the first time ITK has had the pleasure of writing “the cockroach crashed.”)

Groups that oppose legislation that would alter interchange fees circulated Beckwith’s article widely.

And as you might imagine by now, the lobbying battle between the retailers and credit cards has been extremely intense. Beckwith confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that he approached the actor and pointed out that he was the author of the article.

The NACS official characterized the exchange as informative.

Two other witnesses told ITK that Beckwith appeared angry, adding that the brief conversation was confrontational.  

Regardless of whether Beckwith was nasty or nice to the cockroach, sources said that the “tall, built” actor went about what he was hired to do: hand out the articles.

Shortly afterward, U.S. Capitol Police escorted the giant bug away from the event.

According to a third witness, the cockroach asked police if he had “done anything wrong,” to which an officer was overheard replying, “Well, you’re wearing a cockroach costume at the Capitol … ”

Attempts to determine who hired the cockroach were still under way at press time.

Art imitates life for Fred Thompson
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), a 2008 presidential candidate, was honored Monday in Flint, Mich., for his latest movie role, playing — what else? — a presidential candidate who came up short in his bid for the White House.

 Thompson stars as the anti-Darwinist crusader William Jennings Bryan in a new movie filming in Flint, “Alleged,” about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.

Thompson received the key to the city of Flint on Monday from Mayor Dayne Walling.

The presidential candidacies of Thompson and Bryan are separated by exactly 100 years: Thompson made his presidential run in 2008; Bryan’s third and last attempt at the office, as a Democrat, came in 1908.

Ellison, Serrano make a gentleman’s bet on playoffs
Less than 12 hours after the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers in a dramatic game Tuesday night to claim the American League Central Division title, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.) had agreed on a friendly wager.

The Twins are playing Serrano’s Yankees in a best-of-five playoffs series this week.

Ellison, a Muslim, is forbidden from gambling, so there could be no bets where the winner would get a slice of Original Ray’s Pizza or a fresh fish from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Both men agreed that the losing team’s lawmaker would “sing the praises” of the winning team on the House floor.

The pre-game bragging had already begun in earnest on Wednesday, as Serrano and Ellison announced their agreement in the Speaker’s Lobby just off the House floor.  

“Thank God they don’t allow brooms to come to the House floor,” Serrano chided Ellison, “because a sweep could be in order.”
If the oddsmakers are right, Ellison will be praising the Bronx Bombers sometime early next week.

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Jared Allen contributed to this column.