At the U.S. Senate Secret Santa swap on Monday, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., presented Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., with three jars of peanuts from Bertie County, North Carolina. The Allentown (PA) Morning Call’s ace Washington reporter Colby Itkowitz found this strange and followed up with Hagan’s office, noting Georgia was better known for peanuts.
“Clearly North Carolina has the best peanuts in the country,” Hagan press secretary Chris Moyer told Itkowitz.
Them’s fightin’ words.
Walk into any Georgia Congressional office and you’ll be offered a bag of Georgia Peanuts and a Coke. This is a state that takes its legumes seriously.
When asked for a rebuttal, Lauren Claffey, spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss — who’s from Moultrie, where they know peanuts — responded with data. A poll conducted by Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call around the Congressional Baseball Game in 2010 found Georgia peanuts to be the preference of 43 percent of respondents, edging Virginia at 41 percent. That leaves North Carolina with … not much. The Georgia delegation got a sweet trophy out of it, as seen above.
“Although Virginia and North Carolina sometimes claim to have superior peanuts, Georgia’s are always deemed the best,” Claffey said. “Just look at the results from the Great American Peanut debate.”
As a personal aside, your fill-in Insider attended UNC-Chapel Hill and considers North Carolina to be superior in many ways, such as college basketball and barbecue. Just not peanuts.
- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider