Here’s MSNBC’s Morning Joe having some fun with Sen. Mark Begich’s strategy to distance himself from President Obama, highlighted in a not completely flattering Washington Post article:
From the Washington Post piece:
Begich, 52, is a first-term senator known for being pro-gun and pro-oil. But he is not actually that well known for anything. In the Senate, Begich is a junior figure, moving through the chamber’s power structure at the speed of a mastodon trapped in a glacier. Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage…. But now, thanks to the midterm elections, Begich is temporarily one of the most important politicians in the country.
Heather Zichal, a former Obama administration staffer who worked on Alaskan oil issues… said Begich was relentless in calling and prodding federal officials toward his point of view, which “helped make the difference between yes and no.” Still, for those who know Alaska politics, the scale of these arguments makes them a little bit tragic. Used to be, Alaska politicians did not go to Washington to poke at power. They were the power.
The Post did highlight Begich’s success in helping to keep the F-16 fighter jets in Fairbanks.
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