By Karl Kurtz
Anybody remember the book, "House Mouse, Senate Mouse," by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes in which children learn about how Congress makes laws when the Squeaker of the House and the Senate Mouse-jority leader must pass a bill to establish a national cheese? Turns out that in Massachusetts, there really are Senate mice, as reported in this AP story in the Washington Post:
BOSTON — Massachusetts senators are being urged to end their practice of keeping candy in their desks after mice searching for the treats also chewed the senators’ microphone wires.
Senate President Therese Murray made the plea Thursday during a formal session.
The discovery was made during an upgrade of the camera system in the Senate to allow for better webcasting. Workers found that some of the senators’ microphone wires had been chewed by mice....
The Statehouse, built more than 200 years ago, has long been home to mice, and the animals can occasionally be seen scampering about, including in the press gallery.
Maybe the Massachusetts Senate mice were doing research before voting on a measure to create a state candy.