Senator Tammy Duckworth, like the man she might serve as vice president, prizes loyalty in her ranks and occasional mischief in her workplace. So when a top communications aide prepared to defect last year to the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg, Ms. Duckworth recognized an opportunity. She recorded a faux media interview trashing Mr. Buttigieg for hiring her staff away, recruiting an intern to pose as a journalist on the tape. Ms. Duckworth handed him a parting gift — a Smirnoff Ice, the centerpiece of a viral drinking game known as “icing” — and gave a final senatorial directive:“Get down on one knee and chug.”A year later, Ms. Duckworth is the one thinking about a new job and submitting to the attendant rituals. There are more accomplished legislators than Ms. Duckworth under consideration.
Source: New York Times August 01, 2020 09:00 UTC