Senate Democrat identifies himself as a “Republican”
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) seems a litte confused about what party he belongs to. During an appearance on CNBC, the Alaska Democrat tried to distance himself from his the Leftist-wing of his party by telling the hosts that he is a “Rockefeller Republican”:
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) on Monday said he’s closer to being a Rockefeller Republican than a Pelosi Democrat.
“Probably a Rockefeller Republican,” the Alaska senator told CNBC Monday morning when asked whether he was closer to identifying as that or as a Pelosi Democrat.
The comment signifies Begich’s efforts to put some distance between himself and national Democrats in the libertarian-leaning state.
Well, that’s flatly absurd. Begich, who serves on Democratic leadership in the Senate, is no doubt nervous about running for re-election in a state that Mitt Romney won by 14 points. In 2008, he barely defeated then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), who was found guilty of lying about gifts he’d received from an oil company (that conviction was reversed last year).
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) seized on the remarks. “From the moment Mark Begich got to Washington, he began cozying up to President Obama and Democratic leaders, turning his back on Alaskans,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “We know Republicans….Republicans are friends of ours….Senator Begich, you are no Republican.”
Despite Begich’s claim, his voting record puts him in the Leftist wing of his party. Since joining the Senate in 2009, Begich voted for ObamaCare and the wasteful $787 billion stimulus bill. He backed a carbon tax proposal that would cost Alaska up to 21,000 jobs and voted to increase the debt limit four times.
He has a lifetime score of 8% from FreeedomWorks and 7% from the Club for Growth. Begich’s lifetime score from the Club for Growth is actually lower than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is a self-declared “socialist,” and only slightly higher than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
During his term in the Senate, Begich has proposed legislation that would increase spending by $401 billion, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. That’s $401 billion in additional spending at a time when taxpayers have been experiencing record deficits and a $16.7 trillion national debt. And he has voted with President Barack Obama 94% of the time.
Begich can spin his political views however he wants, but he can’t run from his anti-taxpayer records.