This week hasn’t been very good for Susan Collins.
Having gone against her party on ObamaCare repeal, her vote was considered so far gone President Trump didn’t even bother phoning her in a last-minute lobbying effort.
But it wasn’t until a hot mic picked up her comments about Trump and a fellow Congressman that she really found herself isolated.
Collins forgot to turn off her microphone after a subcommittee hearing ended.
Viewers of the livestream heard Collins speaking with Democrat Senator Jack Reed (RI), bashing the administration’s policies and mocking President Trump.
The Boston Globe reports:
After Reed praises Collins’ handling of the hearing, held by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she laments the administration’s handling of spending.
“I swear, [the Office of Management and Budget] just went through and whenever there was ‘grant,’ they just X it out,” Collins says. “With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. It’s just incredibly irresponsible.”
“Yes,” Reed replies. “I think – I think he’s crazy,” apparently referring to the president. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”
“I’m worried,” Collins replies.
“Oof,” Reed continues. “You know, this thing – if we don’t get a budget deal, we’re going to be paralyzed.”
“I know,” Collins replies.
“[Department of Defense] is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed,” Reed says.
“I don’t think he knows there is a [Budget Control Act] or anything,” Collins says, referring to a 2011 law that defines the budget process.
“You’ve got [Budget Director Mick] Mulvaney saying we’re going to put in all sorts of stuff like a border wall. Then you’ve got [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin saying it’s got to be clean,” Reed continues. “We’re going to be back in September, and, you know, you’re going to have crazy people in the House.”
Replying to Reed’s comment about “crazy people in the House,” Collins said:
“Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?” Collins asks.
“I know,” Reed replies. “Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? ‘Cause you could beat the s- out of him.”
“Well, he’s huge,” Collins replies. “And he – I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable.”
“Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?” she continues, referring to an infamous photo of Farenthold.
At that point, the mic went dead.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, whom Collins was referring to, was actually attending a friend’s 2009 fundraiser in Houston and posed for a quick (now infamous) photo with fellow attendees and a waitress.
While the more “salacious” story about Farenthold grabbed most of the headlines, Collins comments about the President shouldn’t be ignored.
It’s likely there hasn’t been a Republican more isolated within the party since Arlen Specter in 2009 — and he later switched parties (to get re-elected).
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