When I saw Elizabeth Dole's ad touting her "Best in Congress" award, I sort of wondered why there was no assocation listed. Like, USA Today's Best in Congress, or The Hill's Best in Congress. So, i went Googling. The first thing I found was this Kay Hagan ad. It's really poorly done for such a good setup from Dole, they could have knocked it out of the park. Still, it makes the point, Best in Congress...for whom?
Over at NC Politics, I found the rest of the story about her prestigious award for 6 years in the Senate.
So what is this Best of Congress? Doing a little research brings you to two groups, Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media.
Corporate Voices for Working Families seems to be a group lobbying for family rights in the work place. They have started (yes, this was the first year) this award for politicians that both help create family friendly policy and bring this philosophy into their own offices. So my kudos to these 24 politicians that received this award.
But the funniest part is the press release that says Corporate Voices for Working Families received 50 applications for the award. So 10% of the Senate received the award, and applicants had a 50% chance of winning.
Two things, first is that Working Mother Media published the article and Corporate Voices for Working Families gave the award. Now, as I just wrote elsewhere, I have nothing but respect for single moms AND I have nothing but respect for working moms. I happen to be married to a wonderful woman who has been both a stay-at-home and a working mom. Second, I think the author missed one thing, from the press release:
Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media have received 50 applications from U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the inaugural “Best of Congress” award.
The 24 were chosen from 50 Senate and HOUSE members. There are 100 Senators, but 435 House members. For all we know, there were only 10 Senate applications and 40 House applications were processed. Anyone want to quiz them on how many Senators actually applied?