Mark Leno is hungry, too.

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.