Kansas senator Jerry Moran has been hounded by reporters since announcing Monday night that he wouldn’t vote for the Republican healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
When confronted by reporters on Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Moran opted to jump across the tracks of the Senate subway to get away from them:
Moran, along with fellow Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, together doomed the BCRA when they announced Monday they would vote against a motion to proceed on the Senate Republican leadership’s repeal-and-replace bill.
While Moran criticized the secretive process used to draft the bill and the fact it could roll back protections for people with preexisting conditions, Lee thought the BCRA didn’t go far enough to rollback entitlements.
After the failure of the BCRA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to vote on only repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, without replacing it at the same time. That plan was quickly scuttled as well when Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia all said they wouldn’t vote for it.
Moran tried to walk past the crowd of reporters as he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
But they caught him.
Moran did spend “several minutes” talking to reporters before bolting across the subway tracks, and talked to them after, too.
To be fair, Moran stopped and spoke to reporters for several minutes before making his mad dash.
— Michael Mathes (@MichaelMathes) July 18, 2017
This is a good pic, but doesn't show the whole story. He took q's, decided he had enough & wanted to get away from us. Took more q's later https://t.co/OvBNx7vEOO
— Nathaniel Weixel (@NateWeixel) July 18, 2017
He also tried escaping in an elevator (for now).
Twitter also immortalized the tracks photo in a Moment, if you’d like to read the internet’s commentary on it.