[Ed. – I don’t think that’s what the talking stick is actually meant for. But points for originality in providing public entertainment.]
Collins, R-Maine, introduced her fellow colleagues to using a talking stick during discussions, multiple senators told CNN.
Whoever was holding the stick was the only senator allowed to talk — to prevent cross-talking.
One Republican senator describing the incident told CNN the stick was successful, but on one occasion, one of the other senators was speaking while another asked a question and then turned with another quick, longer, louder question. The member who was holding the stick “forcefully delivered” the stick across the room — but it missed its mark and caused damage to a shelf in Collins’ office.
A glass elephant sitting on a shelf owned by Collins became the casualty, with the stick chipping it a little bit.