Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso apologizes to Rep. Jim Matheson for saying on national television that Matheson voted for the Democrats' health reform bill after his brother was nominated to the federal bench. Matheson in fact voted against the legislation. Reports the Casper Star-Tribune:
Speaking with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Monday, Barrasso said, “In Utah, a member from Utah that voted on the bill, he was against it and then he was for it. And what a coincidence that his brother just got named to be a federal judge.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson’s brother Scott was recently nominated by the Obama administration to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
However, Jim Matheson, a Democrat, voted “no” during all three House votes on Democratic health care reform bills this session: the House bill in November, as well as both the Senate bill and the reconciliation bill Sunday.
Barrasso spokesperson Emily Lawrimore said Tuesday that the senator “misspoke” and placed a call to the congressman to apologize.
As of early Tuesday evening, though, he hadn’t yet spoken with the congressman, said Matheson spokesperson Alyson Heyrend.
Asked what Matheson thought about Barrasso’s statements, Heyrend said, “Obviously he thinks it’s pretty unfortunate that the senator would say something false about his voting record on the news.”