Cicilline + GOP Counterpart Wager on the Stanley Cup, to Tout Bi-Partisanship

Congressman David Cicilline is touting a casual Stanley Cup bet with a Republican counterpart from Illinois, Adam Kinzinger, as a way of bolstering bi-partisanship in Congress.

Kinzinger and Cicilline are members of No Labels, a group seeking to overcome partisan gridlock in DC.

Via news release:

Geared towards establishing stronger relationships and working across the aisle, Cicilline and Kinzinger will bring together their legislative staffs for a luncheon to be hosted by the losing team’s Representative, featuring signature foods from their home territory

The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are set to begin their battle for hockey supremacy Wednesday evening. (This won't be Cicilline's first sports-related cross-party bet.)

“Fresh off a sweep of Pittsburgh and with Tuukka Rask at the top of his game between the pipes, the Bruins are ready to fight for the Cup with all the grit, determination and perseverance for which New England is known,” said Cicilline. “Like all Bruins fans throughout Rhode Island, I look forward to welcoming the Stanley Cup back home in Boston.”

“Following Patrick Kane’s hat trick to put away the defending champs, the Hawks are playing their best hockey of the season,” said Kinzinger. “It’s going to be a good fight, but with Crawford in the net and Coach Q calling the shots, I like our chances of seeing the Stanley Cup roll down Michigan Avenue again this year.”

News of the wager between the two congressman was shared by Cicilline's communications director, Rich Luchette (who might have some divided loyalties as a native of the Chicago area). He nonetheless passed on this info on the bet:

If the Blackhawks win, Cicilline plans to serve New England clam chowder, Portuguese chouriço and peppers, and Rhode Island’s famous Del’s Frozen Lemonade at the duo’s staff luncheon. If the Bruins win, Kinzinger plans to serve Chicago-style deep dish pizza and hot dogs, and Garrett’s World Famous Popcorn (Chicago-style mix).


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