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Ed Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. John Rutherford (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. 

{mosads}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-Cortez (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 Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a jack-o’-lantern devouring a petite pumpkin submitted by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and a Washington Nationals-inspired design — complete with a baby shark sporting the team’s gear — from Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.).

—Updated at 2:52 p.m.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ben Cardin Ed Markey Halloween Jack-o'-lantern John Barrasso John Rutherford Paul Mitchell

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