Sen. Markwayne Mullin nearly came to blows with a witness at a hearing on Tuesday.
Now, he's doing perhaps the most predictable thing possible — using it to raise money.
If you donate $35 to his Senate campaign, you'll get a shirt that says "Anytime, Anyplace."
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
And when you exhibit conduct that's obviously unbecoming of a US senator, make money off of it.
That's the lesson that Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma appears to have taken from his near-brawl with Teamsters President Sean O'Brien at a hearing of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Tuesday.
If you challenge an Oklahoman, you better be ready to back it up.
By popular demand: https://t.co/8QorkBPbuO
— Markwayne Mullin (@MarkwayneMullin) November 15, 2023
Mullin was elected to the Senate in a special election last year, and he's not up for re-election for another 3 years.
Nonetheless, he and his political team appear to have sensed a ripe opportunity to raise some extra money: with a $35 donation, supporters can receive a black T-shirt that says "Anytime, Anyplace" across the front.
That's a reference to a tweet from O'Brien that appeared to challenge Mullin to a fight. "Anyplace, Anytime cowboy," he wrote.
Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self made. In reality, just a clown & fraud. Always has been, always will be. Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy. #LittleManSyndrome pic.twitter.com/JNvT7IsA6m
— Sean M. O'Brien (@TeamsterSOB) June 21, 2023
As Business Insider recently reported, theatrics has increasingly become a business model for some lawmakers.
"You see it every day here, right?" Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said at the time. "You see it in the made-for-TV comments in committee meetings that have, oftentimes, little or nothing to do with the subject matter of the meeting."
A fight almost broke out in a Senate hearing.
Markwayne Mullin read a tweet from Teamster boss Sean O'Brien which challenged Mullin to a fight. Mullin said he was ready to settle things right here, right now.
Bernie Sanders shut the scene down. pic.twitter.com/U0X3YmWPwY
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 14, 2023
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