Ed Markey, John Rutherford among victors at charity pumpkin-carving contest
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Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyHillicon Valley: Supreme Court sides with Google in copyright fight against Oracle | Justices dismiss suit over Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter | Tim Cook hopes Parler will return to Apple Store Democrats press Facebook on plans for Instagram for kids Give Republicans the climate credit they deserve MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. John RutherfordJohn Henry RutherfordService dogs are saving veteran lives, despite limited access through VA Lawmakers roll out bill to protect critical infrastructure after Florida water hack Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP 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-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan 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 BarrassoSunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows As Congress considers infrastructure, don't forget rural America MORE (R-Wyo.), a jack-o'-lantern devouring a petite pumpkin submitted by Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWhen it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan GOP senator hammers Biden proposal to raise corporate tax rate 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.