WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting delegate for D.C. and a strong proponent of statehood for the city, has arranged a bet that could give statehood a publicity bump if the Nationals win.
Norton made the bet with her Houston-based friend and fellow congresswoman, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and it hinges on the outcome of the World Series.
If the Astros win, Norton will pose for a photo with Jackson Lee in an Astros jersey. But if the Nationals win, Jackson Lee and her staff will take photos wearing D.C. statehood shirts, to spread the word about the cause in Texas.
“Whether it’s the historic win of the Capitals, the Mystics, or the unprecedented support we have for D.C. statehood, momentum is clearly on D.C.’s side,” Norton said. “After serving with my friend Congresswoman Jackson Lee for years, I am thrilled to bet on our Nats as they take on the Astros.”