An openly disgusted Tom Coburn is determined to see Markwayne Mullin defeated in the 2018 June primary. After Mullin released a carefully-choreographed video where softball questions were served up to him & his wife, Coburn took to the media with a strong rebuke of the 2nd district representative.
Coburn, himself, had served 3 terms and then honored his own vow to limit his occupancy of the office. the voters then turned to Coburn a few years later when choosing a US Senator.
The Oklahoman published an article detailing Coburn's focus on replacing Mullin with a candidate who will keep his word to the voters.
Jackson did not respond to requests for comment Friday about whether he is running. In a Facebook post this week, he said he forgives Mullin for breaking the term limit pledge because “America is worth so much more to me than anger at my fellow man for a broken promise.” Several of Jackson's Facebook followers have urged him to run.
Jamison Faught, a tea party organizer in Muskogee, said Mullin's decision to break the pledge will likely become the defining issue of the 2018 race.
“One of the primary issues behind the tea party movement was politicians breaking their word, saying one thing and doing another. Donald Trump was elected on a similar sentiment,” Faught said.
U.S. Term Limits, a national group that advocates for such pledges, railed against Mullin on Thursday, calling him “an entitled, entrenched and dishonest politician.”
“The congressman never supported term limits through his actions and simply paid lip service and lied to the people to get elected. He will do well as a career politician,” the group wrote on its website.
In an editorial, the conservative blog SoonerPolitics.org said Mullin has been “reprogrammed” by “the (Washington) DC swamp” and “is now a liar.” ConservativeHQ, a right-wing grassroots group, publicly urged a Republican in eastern Oklahoma to run against Mullin.
Read the full report in the Oklahoman.