Gordon Gee

Happy Bow Tie Tuesday!

Gordon Gee

Gordon Gee (Source: Wikimedia Commons by Joebengo)

The West Virginia State Senate is getting on the bow tie caucus bandwagon, and they’re welcome to join it.

Unlike some punk kids (with exception of “The Traditionalist” and “The Newcomer” as profiled by The Wire‘s Lucy Westcott) attending the ultra-conservative 2014 CPAC confab in the USA, these gents are showing some dignity to the neckwear. The Aficionado’s disdain is purely sartorial; let’s keep ideology out of this realm. Politicos of many stripes wear bow ties — in many cases, they do so well.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail‘s Whitney Burdette, the Senate has observed Bow Tie Tuesday the past two weeks. The first week, the Senate conducted a test run with devotee Howard Wellman, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, who helped everyone get into the spirit. The second week (which is also last Tuesday) was to celebrate West Virginia University president Gordon Gee who has not only worn bow ties for years decades but also has a huge collection of them.

“[Gee] had a great influence on bow ties here in the state of West Virginia and at the Capitol,” Senator Bob Beach, who represents Morgantown where WVU is located, said. “Probably as much influence on men’s attire here in the state since John Travolta in bell-bottoms and flared pants. He’s done a lot for bow ties.”

Even the sole female senator, Donna Boley, participated. She donned a pink one two weeks ago and a gold one last week.

The senators are quick studies. Perhaps they had good instruction from Wellman who shared his prowess during training sessions. Apparently, the legislators also quickly grew to appreciate the virtues of this sartorial choice.

“I think they’re fantastic,” states Senator Chris Walters. “You don’t have to worry about them getting in your food when you’re eating, when you’re walking the tie doesn’t get blown in your face when it’s windy. There’s a lot of good things. You can’t wear a bow tie as a bib, though.”

Senate President Jeff Kessler, a Democrat, also sees an even more important benefit. Apparently, the Republicans have worn them for years, but this year a sense of bipartisanship is growing around these special Tuesdays. This is sorely needed in contemporary American politics — particularly with antics that federal representatives pull off in Washington, DC.

I was going to conclude by wishing that this tradition would occur again today. However, alas, the 2014 West Virginia legislative session adjourned over the weekend. Good thing the session ended on two fashion high notes.

Regardless, in honor of bipartisanship, Happy Bow Tie Tuesday!

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