Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nerd History: The Candy Desk

Hey there! Are you a Republican looking to run for Senate sometime in the future? If so, you may want to be aware of a Senate tradition - the Candy Desk!:

The Senate Candy Desk is a special desk on the Republican side of the aisle in the United States Senate which is kept stocked with various candies. The Senator who sits at the Candy Desk is responsible for ensuring that it is well supplied with sweets, and by tradition, the candy must originate from the Senator's home state. The Senate Candy Desk is one of the few exceptions to the seniority rule of desk seating in the Senate, as it is generally offered to a candy-loving Senator, who may in fact forfeit a seat further up in the chamber for the privilege of maintaining the Senate Candy Desk.

It is currently held by Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, and has been held by a variety of Senators over the years, including former presidential candidate John McCain of Arizona.

I just love that there's this candy desk tradition at all.

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