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Happy Festivus, Rand Paul!

The senator from Kentucky airs his grievances, though he refuses to partake in the Feats of Strength.

Seinfeld superfan. Photograph courtesy Office of Senator Rand Paul.

Members of Congress are home to pander for the holidays, but at least one of them is remembering to include the occasion for the rest of us. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, celebrated Festivus—the fictional holiday from Seinfeld—by airing his grievances on Twitter.

Many of Paul’s grievances focused on the Federal Reserve, which, incidentally, is marking its 100th anniversary today.

Paul also has some fashion gripes.

And, like a true out-of-towner, Paul even has a grievance with one of DC’s municipal regulations.

In fact, Paul, or any other person who parks their car on the street, does not have to worry about street cleaning for a few more months. The Department of Public Works does not resume residential street sweeping until March 3, 2014. It’s another Festivus miracle, Senator Paul.

Sadly, though, it appears that Paul is not willing to make today a true celebration of Festivus. While he appears to have a Frank Costanza-like well of grievances, Paul says he will not partake in the other time-honored Festivus tradition—the Feats of Strength.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.