Wassup With Sen. Enzi's Bling?
Seems it's only when lawmakers are up for reelection that we notice the little things, like the bling-bling being sported by the unassuming junior senator from Wyoming, Mike "Lil Lawmaker" Enzi (R-Wyo.). The bling is on his left pinky, no less.
The senator's jewelry was brought to The Sleuth's attention by an observant Democratic operative who noticed that Enzi, who will be seeking a third term in 2008, "has an enormous diamond ring on his left pinky finger." The Democrat asked, "Don't you think that deserves a little exploration?"
Seriously, since when do men from Wyoming wear diamond pinky rings? Hard to imagine Vice President (and fellow Wyoming native) Dick Cheney out on a duck hunt holding his sparkling pinky out, teacup style, as he cocks his gun and prepares to fire. (For the record, Enzi said he has never hunted with the Veep.)
Congressional aides whose bosses serve on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions have wondered what the deal is with Enzi's ring. "The first time I saw it was over a year ago," said one aide. "It's kind of a mystery."
Enzi, indeed, wears a hefty diamond ring on his little finger, as you can see in the photo above (click here for an enlarged view).
Enzi tells The Sleuth he got the ring in 1988 when his father died. "I have worn it since. I wear it on the little finger of the left hand as that is the only finger it fit on without having it redone, which would not have been the same."
Enzi reminisced that his father, a shoe salesman, was honest yet funny, wise yet humble. "My dad was a tremendous role model, and a very good friend. ... The ring is a reminder that I am to do what is right and to get it right the first time. ... He was a very wise man from very humble beginnings and taught that everyone makes a contribution to the world - and no one's effort is worthy of more credit than anyone else's."
Including, of course, a Democratic operative's effort to make the pinky ring-wearing Enzi out to be what California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger might call a "girlie man."
As they say in Wyoming, real men wear pinky rings.
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