By Judy Kurtz - 03/28/12 11:28 PM EDT
Sen. Mark Begich (D) seems to be taking his upcoming 50th birthday in stride, telling ITK, “I’m still breathing. That’s a good sign.”
The junior senator from Alaska, who will be on a plane back home when he turns the big 5-0 on Friday, is placing his bets on his relatives putting together a Vegas-style bash.
But don’t expect his family to rig the poker tournament so the birthday boy wins. Begich is going for an entirely different tactic — losing big time: “The idea is to make them feel sorry so they buy me more gifts!”