Ed Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote David Sirota: Democrats gave away leverage in forcing vote on ,000 checks Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on K checks proposal MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. John RutherfordJohn Henry RutherfordREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Florida judge resigns from vote-counting board following report on Trump donations Florida judge involved in vote-counting donated to Trump multiple times: report MORE (R-Fla.) now have ghoulish bragging rights — they're both the winners of a congressional pumpkin-carving contest.

The sculpted gourds from the pair of lawmakers were named victors Wednesday at the annual Imagine an Answer to Kids' Brain Cancer Foundation's Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash in Washington. Proceeds raised from the Halloween-themed festivities are donated to research for pediatric low-grade astrocytoma, a brain cancer, according to organizers. 

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Rutherford's pumpkin creation depicted a lighthouse, while Markey's jack-o'-lantern showed mini versions of protesters and the senator holding up signs outside the Capitol in support of climate change action and the Green New Deal.

Giselle Barry, Markey's communications director, tells ITK that the inspiration for her boss's pumpkin production came from his co-authorship with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation Facebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension MORE (D-N.Y.) of the Green New Deal resolution.

"While not a ten-year mobilization, the carving did require a variety of skills over several days," Barry said.

The competition among members of Congress in the pumpkin-carving contest was downright fierce and frightful. Among the runners-up and honorable mentions: a cowboy riding a bucking horse from Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoGOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-Wyo.), a jack-o'-lantern devouring a petite pumpkin submitted by Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinRomney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo MORE (D-Md.) and a Washington Nationals-inspired design — complete with a baby shark sporting the team's gear — from Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellUnnamed law enforcement banned under the new NDAA Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting Juan Williams: The GOP's betrayal of America MORE (R-Mich.).

—Updated at 2:52 p.m.