Now, in some circles — in New York, maybe, or Milan — such an achievement would be nothing to brag about. But Cassidy, a Republican, declared he was proud of his work. After all, he said in his news release, the seersucker suit was invented by Joseph Haspel in New Orleans (although the Haspel company web sitesuggests the idea came from British India) and the firm, now based in Cassidy’s hometown of Baton Rouge, still produces seersucker clothing.

Whatever. In any case, the idea attracted the attention of the Washington Post, which goes into considerable detail about the history of the event.