GOP Senator Who Refused To Repeal Obamacare Caught On Hot Mic Saying The Unthinkable

The dreaded ‘hot mic’ strikes again. This time, it’s not a future president of the United States that was engaged in some potty-mouthed talk, but it was a member of the US Senate. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, and she let her hair down a bit after she thought things had wrapped up.

There was a slight problem. The microphones were not turned off, and her comments were recorded as part of the hearing's official audio. Unfortunately for Collins, she wasn’t just making small talk. While reportedly speaking with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the topic turned to Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX).

As the Daily Mail shares, Farenthold remarked during a recent interview that if Collins was “a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Since this is not the 1800’s and firearms duels are generally frowned upon, Farenthold’s remarks were met with derision. It’s clear that they’re sticking in Collins’ craw as well, as she offered up some candid remarks when she thought she was out of earshot.

“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” she said.

“I know. Trust me – do you know why he challenged you to a duel?Because you could beat the s**t out of him!” Reed replied.

Later in the conversation, Collins would kick things up a notch.

“What a fat guy. He's huge,” she said. “He's so unattractive. It's unbelievable.”

That’s an interesting contrast from how Collins replied to Farenthold’s remarks when she was questioned about them by a reporter.

“In the 20 years that I've been in the Senate, I've heard a lot of suggestions for how to resolve disagreements. But this is the first time that anyone has suggested a duel,” she said. “And as far as I know, dueling is illegal in every state. He'll be disappointed, I guess.”

Needless to say, Collins was blasted for her off-the-cuff remarks, and she was quick to offer up an apology.

“Collins said, 'Neither weapons nor inappropriate words are the right way to solve legislative disputes,'" Refinery29 reports. “She added that Farenthold apologized to her in a handwritten note she received late Tuesday morning and concluded, 'I accept his apology and offer him mine.'"

We’ll assume the matter is over from this point, but neither Collins nor Farenthold will walk away smelling like roses. While it’s safe to say that much worse is said about colleagues behind closed doors, this little spat points to a larger problem in Congress. In Farenthold’s case, this is yet another demonstration of a politician that is more concerned with gaining political capital by offering up a memorable talking point.

In the case of Collins, it was a missed opportunity for her to take the high road and expose Farenthold as being full of hot air. While she somewhat did that in public, she allowed herself to be drawn back into the cesspool when she thought no one else was listening. All members of Congress can walk away from this with the knowledge that a little less talking and a lot more doing will do just fine as we move forward.

Source: Daily Mail, Refinery29
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