Perhaps Talent's abilities are best demonstrated by the most embarrassing moment of his career, the one that landed him in Newsweek and other publications nationally in 1993. It seems the late Spy magazine, up to one of its infamous pranks, asked the then-freshman congressman, "Are you a dog or a cat person?"
Here's what Talent had to say:
"Basically a dog person. I certainly, though, wouldn't want to offend my constituents who are cat people, and I should say that being, I hope, a sensitive person, that I have nothing against cats, and had cats when I was a boy, and if we didn't have the two dogs might very well be interested in having a cat now."