Mitt Romney, Kyrsten Sinema Team Up for Halloween

Their bit has a Ted Lasso theme, but critics aren't amused
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2021 3:01 PM CDT
Mitt Romney, Kyrsten Sinema Team Up for Halloween
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., right, speaks with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Wednesday. They were dressed a little differently on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In a day of high stakes in DC, a weird bit of political theater emerged, too. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney dressed up as the soccer-coach character Ted Lasso and paid a visit to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, reports Deadline. Sinema was dressed as Lasso's boss on the Apple TV Plus show, fictional team owner Rebecca Welton, notes Washingtonian. Romney tweeted images and video, with captions such as "Biscuits with the boss" and "She's one tough cookie." (Those are Lasso-themed jokes.) He also gave a nod to the real Lasso portrayer, Jason Sudeikis. Sinema, of course, has been in the spotlight of late because she and fellow Democrat Joe Manchin have forced President Biden to dramatically cut his spending plan. As you might expect, not everyone was amused.

  • Critic I: "As there are still three days until actual Halloween, may I suggest a better costume?" writes Laura Bassett at Jezebel. "Maybe you could dress as a U.S. Senator doing their job, which is to pass legislation that helps the people who turned out in the middle of a pandemic to vote your a-- into office and who are relying on you to actually represent their best interests?"
  • Critic II: "I think that’s enough Halloween for one year," writes Claire Lampen at the Cut. "This holiday is canceled; please direct your complaints to the U.S. Senate."
  • Critic III: "It should be noted that Sinema is playing a character who tries to tank her own team," tweeted political reporter Taegan Goddard.
(More Mitt Romney stories.)

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