AFP Launches Ad in Alaska Attacking Begich's "Absenteeism"

Cortney O'Brien

8/21/2014 5:17:00 PM - Cortney O'Brien

"No excuses. Do what it takes to get the job done." That's the Alaskan way of life, according to Steve Perrins, owner of Rainy Pass Lodge, the oldest hunting lodge in the state. One person who doesn't seem to share this mentality, however, is Senator Mark Begich (D-AK). In a new Americans for Prosperity ad, Perrins questions Begich's absenteeism in the nation's capital:

"I think our state is a little ticked off that our senator, Mark Begich, is not showing up for his job."

Alaskans are being kind on the senator. Last year, Begich missed more votes than 80 percent of all senators.

AFP President Tim Phillips commented on the senator's disappearing act:

"When it comes to critical issues facing Alaskans, Mark Begich seems to have more important things to do than fight for them in the United States Senate. Missed votes means the voices of Alaskans are marginalized and unheard. With one of the worst voting records in the Senate, Begich has failed to represent Alaskans on important issues like government spending, energy regulations and agricultural policy. Unfortunately, Mark Begich just hasn't been showing up for work."

How long, really, does it take to give a 'yea' or 'nay'? Representing his constituents in Congress certainly doesn't appear to be too high on Begich's agenda.

Perrins asked the important question:

"How can we count on Mark Begich to fight for Alaskans when he won't show up to work in Washington, DC?"

Most people who don't show up to work lose their jobs. Alaskans, therefore, have more than a right to fire Begich. 

Watch the entirety of the effective ad  here: