Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Blake Farenthold have apologized to each other after the two took shots at each other this past week.
On Tuesday, Collins was caught on a live mic telling a Democrat colleague that Farenthold was “huge” and “so unattractive it’s unbelievable” in response to the representative saying he wanted to duel her, and other GOP senators, holding out on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” she asked Democrat Sen. Jack Reed .
“Trust me, you know why he challenged you to a duel? Because you could beat the s— out of him,” Reed said.
There was no objection.
Collins issued a statement to CNN on Tuesday, after her candid comments were discovered, saying that the two Republicans have put the matter behind them.
“Neither weapons nor inappropriate words are the right way to resolve legislative disputes,” she said in a statement. “I received a handwritten apology from Rep. Farenthold late this morning. I accept his apology, and I offer him mine.”
Stacey Daniels, the spokeswoman for Rep. Farenthold, told CNN that the representative had no comment, but did confirm the apology.
The spokesman for Dem. Sen. Reed, Chip Unruh, said that the senator had Collins back.
Which is not a big surprise considering that Collins has been a major thorn in the side of President Donald Trump.
“Sen. Reed was just letting Sen. Collins know he’s in her corner Unruh said. “He has said it publicly and privately: the Trump Administration is behaving erratically and irresponsibly. For the good of the country, the President needs to start focusing on the budget.”
The issue began when Farenthold told a radio show on Friday that he might want to settle the dispute over Obamacare “Aaron Burr-style.” A nod to the duel in 1804 in which Burr killed Alexander Hamilton.
“Listen, the fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me,” he said. “Some of the people that are opposed to this — there are some female senators from the Northeast — if it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”
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