How partisan is the Senate? Very partisan? Very very partisan? The Senate is so partisan, that Alaska’s Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Alaska’s Democratic senator Mark Begich, for running an ad with a photo of the two of them smiling together.
Begich, who’s running for re-election in Alaska, began running an ad called “Great Team” which highlights the fact that he and Murkowski have voted the same nearly 80% of the time — a claim that’s actually supported by Politifact as “mostly true.” (It’s certainly much higher than most bipartisan Senate delegations.)
But Murkowski, who stands to become the Chairwoman of the Energy Committee if the GOP wins the Senate, figuratively bolted from any accusations of bipartisanship by sending Begich a cease-and-desist letter. “This advertisement is factually incorrect,” it stated, according to TPM. “It also misuses Senator Murkowski’s image, and implies her support, without her permission — and, in fact, over her known objections.”
It’s perfectly legal to use Murkowski’s image (the photo is an AP image), so Begich is in the clear. “Alaskans have responded positively to the message that Alaska’s congressional delegation works together across party lines to do what’s best for Alaska,” he added in a statement to The Hill.
Watch this disgusting display of two elected officials putting aside their ideological differences to work for the best interests of their constituents. It’s so bipartisan, it will make you vomit.
[Image via screenshot]
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