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Barton thanks Markey for not running for Kennedy’s seat

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During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, Barton extended his appreciation to Chairman Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Tech: Alleged robocall kingpin testifies before Congress | What lawmakers learned | Push for new robocall rules | Facebook changes privacy settings ahead of new data law | Time Warner CEO defends AT&T merger at trial MORE (D-Mass.) for not running in the Massachusetts Senate race.

“Mr. Chairman, thank you for two things,” joked Barton, “holding this hearing, and not running for the Senate in Massachusetts,” which resulted in chuckles from the audience.

“I think had you run,” Barton continued, “the outcome would have been different and your side would be smiling ... and my side would not be — well, we’d be smiling for you personally, but we wouldn’t be smiling that the [Democrats] won, so we’re glad you decided to stay in the House.”