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Schumer’s seen as both ‘show horse’ and ‘workhorse’
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer has the dubious distinction of being seen as both one of the Senate’s biggest “show horses” and “workhorses” by congressional staff, according to a survey in the September edition of Washingtonian magazine.
The magazine says it surveyed 1,700 members of congressional staff and donated $1 to charity for every response.
Schumer, D-N.Y., ranked No.1 among the Senate’s show horses, ahead of Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois, who finished No. 2, and Joe Biden of Delaware, ranked No. 3.
Among the workhorses, Schumer tied for third place with Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Dick Lugar of Indiana. Topping the list were Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
New York’s junior senator received the No. 1 ranking among Senate falling stars. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton finished ahead of Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who continues in his job despite his arrest by an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis, Minn., airport bathroom. No. 3 was Sen. Ted Stevens, the indicted Alaska Republican.
However, Clinton continues to be respected for her intelligence. She tied with Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., for “brainiest” member of the Senate.
Clinton also ranked No. 3 among senators seen as “kings or queens” adept at obtaining earmarked funding for special projects in their home states behind Alaska’s Stevens and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
Among senators congressional staffers would like to be seen as president, Clinton ranked No. 3.
Who finished ahead of her?
Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain.
Only one member of New York’s House delegation made the lists.
Rep. Vito Fossella, R-Staten Island, ranked No. 2 among House members most likely to star in a scandal behind Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.
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