Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) is back in Oklahoma for a series of town halls and based on the next two news items, perhaps he should just throw in the towel and go back to running his plumbing company full-time.
First up, when a constituent told Rep. Mullin he was paid to be there, he says “bullcrap, I pay for myself.” Seriously, this is utterly jaw-dropping from an elected official. Watch the incredibly arrogant explanation as he conserva-splains to the crowd that he is providing them a service and they should be thankful.
As one commenter on the video said:
A man who believes that he is paying his own way in Washington will never feel obligated to represent the needs of his constituents. He only works for himself therefore he cannot lead.
He didn’t make these comments at one location, he made them again at another! From the Tulsa World:
When several members of the audience object, Mullin says, “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
In another video, which appears to have been taken at another location, Mullin says, “I’m paying more taxes inside my company and personally than I’ll ever receive from Congress.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullins was supposed to have another town hall in but he canceled for "safety reasons":
"It is my intent to provide a safe environment for all attendees which is why we have established protocols at each of our town halls to ensure each person’s voice can be heard. Despite working with the venue for the Tahlequah town hall, we could not reach an agreement using our protocols that guaranteed the safety of everyone, so I chose to cancel the town hall after much consideration. As soon as we can secure a new venue and date, we will reschedule the town hall in Tahlequah, OK."
So, they couldn’t come to terms with the venue for safety protocols? The Talequah Daily Press says the big safety concern was attendees were going to bring green “agree” and red “disagree” cards. I’m not even kidding. That’s the so-called “safety concern.” Rep. Mullins wanted to have them banned and the Cherokee Nation, where the event was being held, refused. Was Rep. Mullins they were going to do a paper airplane toss in his general direction?
Seems like 2018 might be a good time for Rep. Mullin to be “re-accommodated” out of Congress. Time for him to get back to his plumbing business full-time.