- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An X Games snowmachine rider calls out Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s riding skills in a new campaign ad from Republican Dan Sullivan.

Cory Davis is a four-time X Games medalist. He says he had a “good laugh” watching Begich “pretending” to ride a snowmachine during one of Begich’s spots. Davis says he’s tired of “phony politicians.”

Begich rode a snowmachine in the Arctic in an ad touting his efforts to build a bridge across the Colville River to reach oil leases within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says there was no pretending. He says the drilling site is seen over Begich’s shoulder.

Begich told Politico he rode for a long time that day and got frostbite on his ear.

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Sullivan ad: https://bit.ly/1r23fEq

Begich ad: https://bit.ly/1ASAf4p

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