Sen. Aaron Bean’s doubled as Tom Selleck, Luke Skywalker and a member of the Duck Dynasty clan.
This year, the Fernandina Beach Republican is adding Tormund Giantsbane to the collection of characters he’s appeared as on the candy bars he gives out during the legislative session.
Bean points out that the 2019 Bean bar features the “Game of Thrones” font, includes a play on the show’s “Winter is Coming” come-on, and has a tag line of Best Wishes on Your ‘Game of Bills.’
In the Star Wars-themed candy bar wrapper, Bean made a pun out of his Senate District 4: “May the Fourth Be With You.”
“It’s good to have a sense of humor, I think,” the high-spirited senator told Truth or Dara Thursday afternoon.
The ebullient Bean even distributes the chocolate bars to some of the Capitol press corps, whose shrinking numbers hasn’t gone unnoticed by the senator.
“Nobody gives the press anything but grief. That’s what they give ya. You get grief!” he said.
The fifth estate “is a central part of the process,” Bean said.
“It makes everybody better, knowing that the 21 million Floridians are watching, reading or listening to what we do here every day. And that’s the bottom line. How ‘bout that? We need you here,” he said.
Bean said he recently read a story detailing how “more and more bureaus are closing, consolidating,” adding that “the model is changing.”
The role of the press is “vital, vital,” he said, even making a pitch for next week’s Press Skits.
“That’s going to be fun. Do you know? I was in ‘em two years ago. So that’s good. You raise money for charity,” Bean said.