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September 1, 2014

Booze and a Boat Breed Bipartisanship

Nothing brings Democratic and Republican senators together like some time alone on a yacht, says Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

Speaking to reporters about his work on firearm background checks and other gun-related legislation, the Illinois Republican told a gaggle of reporters that credit for bipartisan efforts in the Senate are in part thanks to visits to the Black Tie, a vessel that is partially owned by Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.

“You guys really ought to go out to National Harbor and see the Black Tie, which has been much of the reason for much of the bipartisan cooperation around here,” Kirk said.

Kirk said Sens. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat and Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, are frequent visitors. Asked about the menu at the gatherings, Kirk didn’t say much, though he indicated some booze might be consumed.

“Sometimes alcoholic beverages might be served and ties might … get loosened,” Kirk said.

Manchin and Kirk are best of friends in the Senate, in both their work and personal lives. Manchin flew to Chicago to visit Kirk in January 2012, not long after the junior Illinois senator suffered a stroke that kept him away from the chamber for a year.

As HOH has previously reported, Kirk has called the West Virginian “My Main Man Manch;” while Manchin’s called his pal an “Energizer Bunny.”

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  • Anubis

    Typical Romans

    • jbd1975

      Amen to that but Rome fell.

      • OustObama12

        WE’RE falling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004229791602 Francis Murray

    Impeachment and High Treason now

  • OustObama12

    It does a body proud to see that the senator charged with representing me is a frequent visitor on this yacht. Between her vote on the gun registration legislation and these boondoggles, I hope that Senator Hagan enjoys her final term as a senator from North Carolina.

  • Trish

    What makes me sick, is that once they have spent time in Congress, don’t they get pension for the rest of there life…so what do they care if they get voted out. Not sure if I’m right, correct me if I’m wrong….

  • http://www.facebook.com/unaffiliated.voter Unaffiliated Voter

    Well heeled North Carolinians usually are not inclined to socialize with backwoods W.Va yahoos…just sayin’ …

  • Bridgett

    Now you all know Senator (cough) Kay Hagan would not drink.She has reminded us time and time again that she is a Christian. Remember, she did not take that money from the group of Atheists that Senator Dole said she did and had on tape. “I am a Sunday School Teacher.!” Then a week later she admits, “Yes, it was me.” Then she was against same sex marriage because she is a Christian. Then Obama tells her IS for gay marriage, so like a good little Brown Shirt Employee, now she does support gay marriage. Don’t worry, just like Bev, she won’t run again. She has to know her chances of winning are about as good as my fat cat.

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