The camera-savvy Schumer saw that McConnell, R-Ky., was heading to the TV microphones Tuesday afternoon to address the press corps when the New York Democrat picked up his pace and beat him to the lectern.
McConnell took the defeat the stride and started laughing at the move from the majority leader. The two leaders shared a candid moment of levity that’s not found too often at the Capitol.
“The prerogatives of the majority,” Schumer boasted after beating out his GOP colleague.
By winning the footrace with McConnell to the microphones, Schumer and the Democrats got first dibs on holding their weekly news conference, while McConnell had to take a backseat.
When the Democrats were done, McConnell got his chance to make his remarks and started off joking about Schumer’s stealth move.
“You all remember what they used to say about Chuck over in the House: ‘You never want to get between Chuck and the camera,’” McConnell quipped. “I just had a firsthand experience with that. I must say he was quite good at beating me to the microphone.”
The funny press conference tussle came as the Senate is trying to pass a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, waterways and broadband access.