Mark Kirk & the Candy Desk
March 27, 2012 12:48 PM Subscribe
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What do John McCain, Rick Santorum, and George Voinovich have in common? They have all been seated at the Senate's candy desk
throughout their careers.
Located on the Republican side of the aisle, the candy desk has been stocked with sweets since 1965, when Sen. George Murphy (R-CA) started keeping candy in his desk to satisfy his sweet tooth, which he would offer to colleagues passing by. While Sen. Murphy lost his seat in 1970, other senators took up the mantle and kept the tradition going. The desk was the focus of a sticky ethics dilemma
when Santorum lost re-election in 2006, but a solution
was found in the end. Its current occupant is Mark Kirk (R-IL).
The desks of the Senate Chambers have fascinating histories
. For instance, at the beginning of every Congress, the two parties divide the desks
so that the Democratic senators sit to the right of the Presiding Officer, and the Republicans to the left. If a party's majority is large enough, some of its senators may end up sitting on the minority side -- a so-called Cherokee Strip