By Judy Kurtz - 06/20/12 10:59 PM EDT
A candy-coated conspiracy might be brewing in the Capitol: This week, it seemed members of Congress simply couldn’t get enough M&M’s.
At Tuesday’s markup of the 2013 transportation and housing spending bill, Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) was attempting to limit spending by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and noted that his move was opposed by Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney FrelinghuysenOvernight Defense: NY/NJ bombings renew terror debate | US probes Syrian air strike | Senators push measure on Saudi arms sale Ex-Pentagon comptroller says Pentagon 'hardball' memo is no surprise 'Hardball' Pentagon memo creates firestorm MORE (R-N.J.).
We hear both men were red-faced as the audience roared, “Oooh!”
LaTourette subsequently withdrew his motion.
In a separate M&M-related incident Tuesday, Rep. Allen West made sure that his candies melted only in his mouth, and not anyone else’s hands.
The Florida Republican walked out of Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE’s (R-Ohio) office with an apparent mouthful of the popular chocolates, telling reporters, “The M&M’s are good in there.”
When asked by the sugar-deprived press why he didn’t bring any out for them, West responded, to laughter, “I don’t believe in sharing the wealth.”
Keith Laing and Erik Wasson contributed to this report.