GOP Rep Responds To Atlanta Braves Fan’s Sarcastic Shutdown Letter

The Atlanta Braves fan who used his team’s elimination from the Major League Baseball playoffs to mock the GOP for the government shutdown received a tongue-in-cheek response Wednesday from his Republican congressman.

Paul Kaplan sent a letter this week to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) after the Braves were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“LA’s stubborn refusal to even talk to us about reversing the results of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American,” Kaplan wrote. “But there is an answer: If the Dodgers won’t listen to the cries of average Americans like you and me, then Congress should outlaw Major League Baseball until the Dodgers cave.”

On Wednesday, Kingston responded with a letter that acknowledged Kaplan’s sarcasm

“I agree with you that Republicans and the Braves have much in common,” Kingston wrote, according to Fox Sports. “You could say that the Republicans “Bravely” take on tough issues such as defunding Obamacare and trying to curtail runaway spending. And we don’t mind clearing the dugout for a good brawl. We also agree that Dodgers is a fitting name for the Democrats as they often “Dodge” serious issues such as balancing the budget or cutting spending.”

 

 

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