In his 11 terms in Congress, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has built a reputation as an expert on transit and bicycles and, more recently, become one of the House's strongest advocates for cannabis legalization.
He also has a weakness for another Portland hobby: stand-up comedy.
Given to wearing bowties and extolling the benefits of smart growth, Blumenauer is generally not known as much of a cut-up.
But in a recent endorsement interview with WW, Blumenauer revealed, in answer to the question about the most embarrassing thing Facebook knows about him, that he'd once donned a chicken suit.
In the two-minute clip below, taken from an April 23 interview, Blumenauer, alongside challengers Ben Lavine and Charles Rand Barnett, explains how he came to be dressed as a chicken:
Side note: It can be risky for politicians to don costumes. In 2011, then-WW reporter Beth Slovic broke national news with a story about then-U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.)'s increasingly erratic behavior. The striking image from Slovic's reporting was Wu dressed in a tiger suit. Wu soon resigned.
In this case, no damage was done. Blumenauer won our endorsement.
See the rest of our picks for the May 15 primary election here.