Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded.

The congresswoman pushed this story about Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and how she is spending her recess practicing with the Ohio State University softball team. Since Congress has been on recess, Wasserman-Schultz tweeted, “Recess doesn’t mean rest.” She quickly tweeted again, saying “All kidding aside (for now), thanks for commitment to @cwsoftballgame.”

Practicing with a university softball team? Hitting the batting cages over the weekend? The ladies are taking this event very seriously. At least it’s all for a good cause. The “Young Survival Coalition” is a group  “dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Members of Congress include Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); Other journalists include CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and HuffPost’s Elise Foley.

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