By Christina Wilkie - 01/26/10 08:10 PM EST
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) believes the GOP caught a break when it won Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) old seat. And he is thanking a House Democrat for the Republicans’ good fortune.
During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, Barton extended his appreciation to Chairman Edward Markey (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.”
Cross-posted on Washington Scene