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 MarkeyOvernight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack Dems propose data security bill after Equifax hack 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.”