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Bringing cojones to Capitol Hill

The Western Business Roundtable – a trade group working “for a common sense, balanced approach to economic development and environmental conservation,” according to its Web site, backed mostly by energy companies – says it plans to bring some cojones to Capitol Hill this week.

And it’s not a figure of speech. The group is holding its annual “Taste of the West” event this Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building for members of Congress, their staff and Washington media this week, and the signature snack is Rocky Mountain oysters. “The Western delicacy, alternatively known as ‘cowboy caviar,’ ‘Montana tendergroins’ or ‘calf fries,’ are bull testicles that are most often butterflied, breaded and deep fried and served with a variety of dipping sauces,” the group’s news release describes.

(“Montana tendergroins.” Just had to write that once more.)

“We’ve been doing a Taste of the West event in D.C. for years now, and I can tell you that the Rocky Mountain oysters are the first dish that runs out each year,” said Roundtable President and CEO Jim Sims. “Hill staff love them, although I’m not certain that everyone knows the dish’s derivation. A number of Members of Congress from the West come by early just to make sure they can grab some before they are gone.”

“I can’t say that I have seen many news media folks try them, but hope springs eternal in the quest to better educate folks in the Beltway media crowd about life outside the Beltway.”

For the record, I’ve never worked inside the Beltway, and I’ll stick to the fried calamari, thanks.

Anyway, the “Taste of the West” reception will happen after the Roundtable’s day-long “Capitol Hill CleanTech Expo 09,” sponsored by the Roundtable and the NextGen Energy Council (of which Sims is also founder and senior advisor, and which shares an office with the Roundtable).

So apparently it takes a lot of cojones to shill for coal in Washington right now.

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.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    I can’t imagine Lisa writing this Josh. She has no Cojones.

  • Josh Richman

    She’s just far less crass than I am, Ralph.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Ralph, you haven’t seen Lisa’s Cojones? LOL