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January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation.

That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side if his or her team loses.

What is less clear is how all the goodies, from beer and steak to tea and “Rocky Mountain Oysters”, will get split up given that the delegations are not evenly sized.

Amber Macdonald, a spokeswoman for Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott, offered a potential solution.

“With all the treats on the table,” she said. “I’m thinking we’ll do a victory party.”

Which would be a step forward for bipartisanship in Congress, perhaps.

The bet is one of many wagers that are expected to be announced in the run up to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

On Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his bet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said via spokespeople that they are still “working out the details” of wagers with their counterparts.

And it looks like even state lawmakers could get in on the action.

Here’s the full list of what the members of Congress are offering:

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (01-Wash.): Woodinville Wine and Smoked Salmon
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (02-Wash.): Gin from Everett’s Bluewater Distilling
  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (03-Wash.): Candy from Chehalis Mints
  • Rep. Doc Hastings (04-Wash.): A bottle of Central Washington Wine
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (05-Wash.): Cougar Gold Cheese from Pullman
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (06-Wash.): Caramel Apples from Amy’s Decadent Chocolates and Almond Roca
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (07-Wash.): Theo’s Chocolate
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (08-Wash.): Boehm’s Chocolates, Blueberry Hill Farm’s blueberry pies, and Washington apples
  • Rep. Adam Smith (09-Wash.): Vietnamese BBQ from Rainier Restaurant and BBQ
  • Rep. Denny Heck (10-Wash.): Fisher Fair Scone Mix
  • Rep. Diana DeGette (01-Colo.): Stranahan’s Whiskey & Tamales
  • Rep. Jared Polis (02-Colo.): Celestial Seasonings Tea
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (03-Colo.):  Enstrom Toffee
  • Rep. Cory Gardner (04-Colo.): Rocky Mountain Oysters
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (05-Colo.): 2 locally-sourced, hormone and antibiotic-free Callicrate Beef sirloin steaks from Ranch Foods Direct
  • Rep. Mike Coffman (06-Colo.): 6 pack of Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Amber Ale
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter (07-Colo.): Caution Brewery Bomber Bat, barrel aged version of their smoked robust porter.

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