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Monday, April 15, 2013

Booze and a Boat Helped Forge Senate Gun Compromise #tcot

Booze and a Boat Helped Forge Senate Gun Compromise, Sen. Mark Kirk Says

April 11, 2013

CHICAGO — Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, who on Thursday broke with most of his party on proposed gun-control legislation, said booze and a boat helped move the matter forward.

Kirk told reporters in Washington that members from both parties who were open to compromise often met on the Black Tie, a vessel partially owned by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) is a co-owner of a 2001 540 Sea Ray Sundance yacht like this one. The 54-foot boat played a role in bringing congressmen together to forge a compromise on gun legislation, said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)   (File Photo)

"Sometimes alcoholic beverages might be served and ties might ... get loosened," Kirk said, according to a report by Roll Call.

"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.

Though from opposite parties, Manchin and Kirk are described as close friends.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130411/chicago-citywide/booze-boat-helped-forge-senate-gun-compromise-sen-mark-kirk-says#ixzz2QXWUhVww

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