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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 MarkeyDems damp down hopes for climate change agenda Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports EPA chief calls racist Facebook post he liked ‘absolutely offensive’ 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.”