Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) held a town hall earlier this week and it did not go well for him. The Republican congressman told his constituents that taxpayers don’t pay his salary and saying otherwise is “bullcrap.”
“You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap,” video shows Mullin saying.
“I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” he added.
Go figure, no one was impressed with his remarks. When his constituents pushed back, Mullin tried to spin his comments, saying, “this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
Amy Lawrence, Mullin’s spokeswoman, told the press that he was just trying to say that he doesn’t want to be a “career politician,” that’s all.
“The congressman reiterates in the video that his work as the representative of the Second District of Oklahoma is a service,” Lawrence said.
“His aspiration is to be a career legislator and not a career politician. He is not, nor does he ever aspire to be, a career politician. His priority will always be to serve his constituents to the best of his ability.”
Mullins owns Mullin Plumbing, a lucrative company with multiple smaller subsidiaries. But comprehending exactly how this negates the salary he earns as a congressman requires a special type of mental gymnastics. For the record, base pay for a U. S. congressman is $174,000.
The good news for Mullin is that after telling his constituents that they don’t pay his salary, he probably won’t have to worry about the possibility of becoming a career politician.
You can watch Mullin sabotage his career below:
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