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Monday, 30 August 2010
The Candy Desk
At the back of the Senate Chamber, on the Republican side - adjacent to the most heavily used entrance to the chamber is "the Candy Desk" a desk filled with candy (UK - "sweets") for Senators to enjoy. Richard A Baker does note that the desk "serves as a gathering spot for Senators who may be more interested in counting heads during a closely contested roll-call vote than in satisfying a late-afternoon need for an energy boost".
This "Senate Tradition" is only 45 years old. It began when Senator George Murphy started keeping candy in his desk for fellow senators to use. The Senator who sits at this desk is expected to maintain the supply of candy - which, by tradition,m comes from their home state. My understanding is that George LeMieux, the Senator from Florida is the current "candyman"
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