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 FrelinghuysenNavy chief: Iran's detention of US sailors went against international law Three House panels to investigate whether ISIS intelligence was cooked House passes 2016 defense spending bill 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 BoehnerGraham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCA dinner address Obama pals around with Boehner in WHCA dinner video 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.