I’ve been having disputes with people who say my characterization of Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman as the only person in the U.S. Senate with a Brooklyn accent is wrong — what about Chuck Schumer? Fair enough, but Schumer, born and raised in Brooklyn and living there still, actually has a more faint Brooklyn accent. Reader Steve G. adds Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Socialist, which is a fair point, although Sanders sounds more generally New York Jewy than specifically Brooklynish. Steve G. also points out, amazingly enough, that Coleman and Sanders and Schumer all went to James Madison High School in Flatbush (so did Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Coleman and Schumer graduated a year apart. This isn’t quite as remarkable as the fact that Bob Dole and Arlen Specter were born and raised in the same tiny Kansas town, but it’s something.
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