From Abigail Weinberg’s “How Does Chuck Schumer Keep Democrats Together? A Flip Phone.” posted last week on MoJo Wire:
After doing a bit of research, I’m fairly confident that this is a LG Wine. Which means that Chuck Schumer seems to use a discontinued flip phone that has a 3 star rating to do his business. One troublesome bit: The LG Wine might not have a functional caller ID, according to reviewer Kim1234. “You do not know who is calling until you open up the phone, at which point the call is then answered,” the user wrote. (Kim1234 did not recommend the product.)
Schumer’s office has not responded to a request for comment on the senator’s texting habits, or whether he owns any other phones.
Either way, I can’t shake the image of Schumer hunched over his alphanumeric keypad, trying to eke out a text message using T9 to ask for a vote, hoping not to go over his data limit.
My take: I had to laugh. In the mid-90s one of my daughters played in a Brooklyn softball league with Schumer’s daughter. He was still in the House at the time, but I remember he came to a lot of the games, bent over his flip phone the whole time.