Markwayne Mullin (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

So much for term limits: Republican congressman seeks reelection after promising only three terms

Though he pledged to leave politics after six years, Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin says plans changed after prayer


Charlie May
July 5, 2017 9:14PM (UTC)

Six years ago when Rep. Markwayne Mullin ran for office in the 2nd congressional district of Oklahoma, he vowed to serve only three terms. On Tuesday, however, Mullin announced he would be running for reelection in 2018. It would be his fourth term in Congress.

In a recent Facebook video Mullin and his wife, Christie, explained that the two of them "have not stopped praying " about what their decision should have been. Mullin originally felt that six years would have been enough, and he and his wife were unsure about how politics would affect their businesses.

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"People are [going to] be upset, and we get that. We understand it," Mullin said in the video. "I’m not hiding from that because we did say we’re going to serve six years, and it was out of true concerns."

"I don’t think there’s one person that’s never changed their mind six years apart from each other or how they would approach things," he added.

 

The couple ultimately decided that Mullin would run for another term because he felt he could accomplish more under President Donald Trump's administration. Mullin claimed that former President Barack Obama's administration was hard to contact and would never return calls. The biggest question Mullin had was whether or not he could make a difference.

"I've seen such a turn around with the new administration with President Trump, that when we came to the conclusion, the answer was yes, yes we can make a difference," he said. "I hope people understand and I hope people can see too, I've grown a lot."

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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