What’s in a photo? For GOP governors, probably a flag pin

After surveying the official portraits of all 50 governors, the political trivia junkies at Smart Politics have found that  Republicans are eight times more likely than Democrats to wear flag pins on their lapels than Democrats, and three times more likely to wear red ties over blue.

Republican governors also are slightly more likely to pose in front of state and/or national flags, according to Smart Politics, a blog written by Eric J. Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy skipped both the flags and the lapel pin in his portrait, although he does sport a red tie. At the other end of the spectrum: Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose portrait includes two American and two state flags in the background and a double-flag lapel pin.