Ed Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal 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-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response 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 BarrassoOvernight Energy: Trump rolls back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards | Controversial Keystone XL construction to proceed | Pressure mounts to close national parks amid pandemic Critics blast Trump mileage rollback, citing environment and health concerns Lobbying world MORE (R-Wyo.), a jack-o'-lantern devouring a petite pumpkin submitted by Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDemocratic senator asks Pompeo to stop saying 'Wuhan virus' Small-business rescue package expected to swell to 0 billion or more McConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan deal on stimulus MORE (D-Md.) and a Washington Nationals-inspired design — complete with a baby shark sporting the team's gear — from Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellHundreds of thousands of masks missing from federal shipments to Michigan On The Money: Pelosi announces deal over coronavirus package | Questions remain about Trump's support | Trump declares national emergency | Stocks rally to close out wild week Lawmakers call on IRS to push back tax filing deadline MORE (R-Mich.).

—Updated at 2:52 p.m.