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Utah’s finest, pro wrestlers, and fist-bumps are on lawmakers’ minds this week By Elliot Kort
Comments () | Published December 14, 2010
It may be truer in politics than anywhere else: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. With that in mind, congressional Twitter accounts were buzzing with shoutouts this week. Orrin Hatch gives some love to some of Utah’s finest. Charlie Rangel and John Conyers share a bro-tastic fist bump. Linda McMahon recruits an ally who’s experienced in wielding a sledgehammer. And Kendrick Meek becomes “that guy” and invites everyone he knows to a tailgate.

Senator Orrin Hatch: @OrrinHatch Got back from Afghanistan yesterday. I met with many brave Utahns who chose to serve our country and defend our freedoms. #notforgotten
https://twitter.com/OrrinHatch/status/26453107929

Utahns! I’d always wondered what the term for someone from Utah is.

Senator Chuck Grassley: @ChuckGrassley Where is EPA when farmers are combining and the fugitive dust is not staying on the farm of origination
https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley/status/26402567071

I feel like I’m missing something. . . .

Senator Chuck Grassley: @ChuckGrassley Most of u missed the saracasm in my EPA/fugitive dust Tweet. BTW EPA stands for End Production Agculture or end famlyFm
https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley/status/26412007129

. . . and there it is!

Senator Candidate Kendrick Meek: @KendrickMeek Tailgating at @MiamiDolphins game. Grilling up a storm in blue lot E-4. http://ow.ly/i/4jPu
https://twitter.com/KendrickMeek/status/26408669087

Well, I guess that’s one way to get rid all of your hot dogs.

Representative Charlie Rangel: @cbrangel #Rangel fist bumps with Cong. Conyers http://t.co/3bNZAC8 via @youtube
https://twitter.com/cbrangel/status/26400461021

Did somebody just get iced?

Representative Tim Ryan: @timryan Suited up at the Girard UPS facility, learning the ropes before we make a delivery http://yfrog.com/7hhhafj
https://twitter.com/timryan/status/26358648365

Ask not what Brown can do for you, but what you can do for Brown.

Senator Candidate Linda McMahon: @LindaForSenate Come meet my son-in-law Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) tomorrow at 9:30 am @ Fairfield #GOP Victory HQ! http://bit.ly/9fYbsd #Linda2010 #CTSEN
https://twitter.com/LindaForSenate/status/26091339049

Nothing’s quite as quintessentially American as a professional wrestler stumping for a Senate candidate.

Representative Nathan Deal: @VoteDeal RT @FultonforDeal Make calls from yr home/ofc for Nathan Deal & help us reach our wkly goals: http://bit.ly/aOesS5 #gagov #gagop #gap
https://twitter.com/VoteDeal/status/26468177765

I know members of Congress don’t really value productivity, but really? Calls from the workplace?

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