Ed Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. John RutherfordJohn Henry RutherfordEd Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest 'Mass shooting' at Florida video game tournament: authorities Carter, Yoder advance in appropriations committee leadership reshuffle 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-CortezThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports 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 BarrassoSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Latest Trump proposal on endangered species could limit future habitat, critics say Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election MORE (R-Wyo.), a jack-o'-lantern devouring a petite pumpkin submitted by Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans MORE (D-Md.) and a Washington Nationals-inspired design — complete with a baby shark sporting the team's gear — from Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellLisa McClain wins Michigan GOP primary in race to replace Rep. Paul Mitchell House GOP pushes back at Trump on changing election date House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year MORE (R-Mich.).

—Updated at 2:52 p.m.