Public Policy student Andrew Richardson ’21.5 really seems to get off on remembering the names of Senators, sources report.
“Obviously all the deciding votes this term will be cast by Joe Manchin, but you might be able to get a vote across the aisle like Susan Collins or even a Pat Toomey if you’re lucky,” Richardson reportedly said unprompted in one conversation, clearly satisfied with his wealth of knowledge about what multiple specific Senators are named. “But I’ve always thought the real question is, where is Cindy Hyde-Smith going to fall on a given issue? Or someone like John Boozman, Republican of Arkansas?”
According to friends of Richardson, the former Democratic Governors Association intern begins casually name-dropping assorted Senators mere minutes into any conversation he finds himself in.
“I’m especially interested to see how Jerry Moran votes on something like this, or Debbie Stabenow, or maybe Bob Menendez,” Richardson droned on, gleefully showing off his strong grasp of not only the last names but also the first names of well over a dozen Senators. “A surprise vote against the party line would be a classic Bill Haggerty move, but you might even expect to see the same kind of thing from Maria Cantwell or Shelly Moore Capito. Either way, I think you’re definitely gonna want to pay attention to what Mike Crapo does — he’s a total wild card here, along with John Hickenlooper.”
At press time, Richardson was making it very clear he still remembers how every county voted in 2016.