Mortified by a picture of herself from last year's event that appeared on the front page of The Sacramento Bee, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, trained for redemption at Wednesday's 40th annual Capitol Frog Jump.
"I embraced the frog," she said, filling her office with amphibian paraphernalia to get in the right mindset.
Wearing a lucky bejeweled frog pin, Brown got her hoppy ending as her competitor, Larry B 2.0, traveled 10 feet, 11 inches in three bounds for the day's longest leap.
Jumping up and down, a thrilled Brown accepted a sparkly green trophy, which she said she will display "front and center" in her office for everyone to see, and an invitation to the finals of the Jumping Frog Jubilee on May 18 at the Calaveras County Fair.
The Capitol's annual contest, hosted this year by Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, brings together lawmakers, legislative staffers and members of the media to "jockey" frogs to the longest (or shortest) jump. Other winners included Jack Zwald of Capitol Morning Report, for the longest media jump at 9 feet, 4.5 inches, and Sandy Runyan of Caltrans and Jesse Rodriguez of the Senate Republican communications team, who tied for the shortest jump at 3 feet, 4.5 inches.
PHOTO: Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, won the 40th annual Capitol Frog Jump on April 30, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Alexei Koseff
VIDEO: The Sacramento Bee/Alexei Koseff