When Sen. Rob Portman found himself in the middle of a river in Chile, unable to swim following a kayaking accident that dislocated his shoulder, he had one thought: Mel Gibson.
“I'm there alone on this big river in the middle of nowhere in Chile and what went through my mind was Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon 2,’” Portman, a longtime kayaking enthusiast, told “Politics Confidential” during a recent interview at the Washington Canoe Club on the Potomac River.
In the movie, Gibson’s character relocated his shoulder by jamming it into a filing cabinet. And though Portman didn’t have a filing cabinet in the middle of the river, he did have a rock.
"Didn't work the first time,” Portman recalled of jamming his limp shoulder into the rock. “It worked the second time, and I made it to shore.”
The first-term Ohio Republican -- elected by an 18-point margin in the most important swing state of all -- just helped to lead Republicans through a successful midterm cycle as theRead More »from Sen. Rob Portman’s upstream paddle toward a 2016 White House bid