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Mark Leno is hungry, too.

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at 9:11 am in Assembly, Barbara Lee, Mark Leno, U.S. House.

cheeseburger.jpgWe reported in today’s editions that Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, on Tuesday began her “Food Stamp Challenge,” trying to subsist for one week on $21, the national average weekly benefit for a food-stamp recipient.

But we neglected to report that Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, also covets your lunch — he started taking the challenge on Monday, and is blogging his progress just as Lee is doing.

“He just told me that since he had his bowl of cereal he’s feeling spunky, but I think overall he’s hungry,” press secretary Shannon Velayas told me a few minutes ago. “He went for soups, cereals, milk, and today he’s splurging on a 19-cent banana.”

Leno blogged last night that he’d just finished more than 12 hours of legislative work on the Assembly floor, having dealt with about 140 bills. “I cannot fail to mention that we made history again today by passing the only marriage equality bill in the country off the Assembly floor,” he wrote. “We will have to celebrate tomorrow.”

A celebration, presumably, without snacks.

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