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Bill Nelson one of '10 toughest politicians in Washington'



U.S. News & World Report has some fun picking the 10 most "badass" lawmakers in Washington. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson makes the list:

The Democratic senator from Florida hates the giant Burmese pythons that have come to plague his state, saying they are poised to hurt the Everglades ecosystem and swallow little children in the process. So earlier this month, the former astronaut spent hours trying to hunt them down—all while armed with handguns, machetes and five airboats, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Nelson didn't get any snakes on hunting day, but he has asked the public to continue where he left off, with a "Python Challenge" that encourages Floridians to hunt and turn in the dead snakes.

On Inauguration Day, Nelson beat off the cold by wearing a hot orange baseball cap with a camouflage visor, which his spokesperson told the Times he uses for quail hunting.

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[Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:23pm]


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