A pair of foul-smelling elk horns belonging to House Majority Leader Mike Moyle are for sale on Craigslist. Moyle, R-Star, had the horns in his office ready to mount as part of a friendly hook-and-bullet competition with House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, whose adjoining office is decorated with pelts of wolf, coyote, bobcat and fox.
The horns were “borrowed” from Moyle’s office Tuesday, said Rep. Marv Hagedorn, who took them to his cubicle in the remodeled Capitol’s new garden level.
“You have to keep a little levity in this aquarium,” Hagedorn said, sitting at his desk on the House floor now ringed by large windows on the gallery level.
After learning the horns weren’t properly preserved, Hagedorn posted his ad Thursday in the “Farm and Garden” section, with the headline, “Stinky Elk Horns and Skull (with brain matter) - $25 (Boise).”
Rep. Steve Kren, R-Nampa, suggested to Hagedorn that he list the horns at $10 and put Moyle’s cell phone number as the contact.
“If he puts my cell number up there he’ll be he needing a committee because he’ll be the committee of one,” retorted Moyle.
Hagedorn, who used a Craigslist e-mail in the ad, said he wouldn’t take the joke too far. “I’m already getting e-mails on how to get the stink out.”
At first, Moyle reacted with alarm, asking widely whether colleagues and staff had seen his horns. After learning Hagedorn was the culprit, he said, “Tell him to bring ’em back when they stop stinking.”
Moyle obtained the horns last month while hunting mountain lions with his children on the South Fork of the Salmon River. “A lion had killed this elk and we fished it out of the river.”
The ad placed by Hagedorn follows:
Stinky Elk Horns and Skull (with brain matter) - $25 (Boise)
Date: 2010-01-14, 8:35AM MST
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Found" this set of average size horns floating around and thought I might be able to get some cash for them... but the longer I have them the more doubts I have about that.
I mean, they are not bad horns (some of the points have been super glued on making a spike look like a 6 point) they just stink really bad! Not sure how they were cleaned, or if they were at all.
I'm posting this in the "Farm and Garden" section because I figured they'd be better off being buried in a garden than hung on a wall and then stinking up the place.
$25 or best offer... would be willing to barter for something, anything with a more friendly "nose" to it.
The ad appears at: http://boise.craigslist.org/grd/1552182947.html