This press release was issued by then-Senator Howell Heflin's office on July 19, 1994. That morning, the Senator had been dining in the Capitol with some Alabama reporters, and suddenly felt a sniffle coming on. The reporters were astonished when the Senator reached into his pocket, pulled out a bit of fabric and began to wipe his nose with ... a pair of ladies underwear.
However, the Senator handled it well.
Here's a press release he issued:
STATEMENT OF SEN. HOWELL HEFLIN
JULY 19, 1994
I mistakenly picked up a pair of my wife's white panties and put them in my pocket while I was rushing out the door to go to work.
Rather than take a chance on being embarrassed again, I'm going to start buying colored handkerchiefs.
GOOD SAVE, SENATOR!