Ryan, co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, began his floor remarks by noting that Democrats had won the 2007 Shoot-Out and thought that a realignment was in the making.
"The realignment was very short-lived," thundered Ryan, clutching the winning trophy. "I'd like to give particular note to the people who really shot straight yesterday.
Top Gun: Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) "only dropped five clays all day," Ryan noted.
Top Republican: Rep. John Kline of Minnesota
Top Democrat: Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi
Top sporting clays: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.)
Top traps: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
Top skeet: Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.)
"All together, a good bipartisan effort," said Ryan. "But more to the point, the Republicans reclaimed the trophy and reversed the realignment."