Aug 28, 2012
More Questions Than Answers Surround Markwayne Mullin
Oklahoma Republicans nominated ethically-challenged Markwayne Mullin, a severely flawed candidate who ducks questions about his past and his positions. With questions about his past and his reluctance to be candid with voters, Oklahomans simply can’t trust Markwayne Mullin to stand up for the middle class.
“The truth is there are more questions surrounding Markwayne Mullin then there are answers. Mullin is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can earn the trust of the people of Oklahoma by refusing to tell voters where he stands on important issues,” said Stephen Carter of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The bottom line is that a vote for Markwayne Mullin is a vote to end Medicare to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires.”
Mullin has Dodged Answering Questions About Important Election Issues. In May 2012, The Oklahoman noted, “Markwayne Mullin, of Westville, and Dwayne Thompson, of Fort Gibson, did not directly answer the question,” addressing the House Republican budget that would force seniors to pay more for health care. [The Oklahoman, 5/27/12]
Mullin Could Still Face Charges for the ATF Raid on His Business. Following a raid on Mullin’s plumbing business which resulted in an employee’s guilty plea to drug and firearm violations, the Washington Times noted, “One particular disturbing story circulating around local Tulsa media is a speculation that Mr. Mullin could face felony charges from a 2009 arrest of a Mullin Plumbing supervisor Timothy Lee Saylor.” [Washington Times, 6/20/12]
FEC Issued a Draft Opinion Faulting Mullin for Electioneering Communications. In May 2012, the Federal Election Commission issued a draft opinion arguing Mullin’s corporate commercials and a home improvement radio show he sponsors are electioneering communications as they clearly identify a federal candidate and reach at least 50,000 people in the district. After the FEC released another opinion claiming Mullin’s actions were not electioneering, Mullin said he would step out of his business’ advertisements altogether so as to avoid any further legal complaints. [The Oklahoman, 5/24/12, 5/31/12]