This week several news sources reported that Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) opened the door a crack to serving longer than the six-year limit he put on himself in 2012 when he first won the eastern Oklahoma congressional seat.
Mullin said in a brief statement to The Oklahoman on Wednesday that his position hasn’t changed as he prepares to file in two weeks for a third term.
“However, Christie and I will continue to seek the Lord’s guidance and do what is best for our family and the 2nd District of Oklahoma,” Mullin told The Oklahoman. “The only election I am focused on right now is in 2016.”
His statement came after The Oklahoman asked this week whether Mullin’s filing for re-election in two weeks would be the last time he runs for the office.
Should he win re-election this year, Mullin’s third term would end in 2018.
The congressman is expected to have primary and general election opponents this year.
Mullin and Congressman Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK-1), ran in 2012 on platforms that included pledges to serve no more than three two-year terms.
Sheryl Kaufman, a spokeswoman for Bridenstine’s campaign said Wednesday that the congressman plans to keep his pledge.
“He keeps his word,” she said.
When Mullin first announced that he was running for Congress in 2011 he went on 740 KRMG and gave a short interview. In that interview he announced he was running and around the 2:20 mark he states, “We are going up for 6 years and then I’m coming home.”
In an article by the Associated Press Mullin said, “I don’t want to be up there (in Washington) and become part of the problem…If we can’t accomplish anything in six years, it’s a waste of time anyway.”
On one of Mullin’s campaign mailers that were sent out to 2nd district voters stated, “I, Markwayne Mullin, pledge to…serve no more than six years as your 2nd District congressman.”
While at the Rogers County 2nd Congressional District candidate forum that took place on November 12, 2011 he states, “I am only going to be up there for 6 years, that’s it. I am going to come back to my life. Look I’m not looking for a job.”
John D. Rockefeller said, “I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond, that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth.”
Will Mullin in 2018 stick to his campaign promise. Or will he say that he has prayed about it and the Lord has told him that he needs to continue the fight. Or will he point back to this conversation now and say we discussed it and my supporters are encouraging me to run again.
This election cycle voters in Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District will soon have to decide for themselves if Mullin’s swaying on his term limit pledge is important to them or not.