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February 4, 2013

Mullin holds town hall meeting at KTC

McALESTER — District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin seemed to channel Pogo’s timeless quote when he told a group of approximately 100 individuals at the Kiamichi Technology Center on Friday that they — and he — share responsibility for the state of  the nation.

Mullin didn’t say the exact words “We have met the enemy and he is us” — but he certainly conveyed a similar sentiment.
Mullin opened his McAlester town hall meeting by saying it’s a humbling experience to have been elected to serve the district.
“I could care less if you voted for me or didn’t vote for me,” he told the assembled crowd. He added that he also could care less if they were Democrat or Republican.
Mullin sharply pointed toward the American flag to his right.
“We still believe that’s the greatest flag in the world,” he said. We all agree on the Constitution, he added.
“It’s level playing field,” Mullin told those present.
Mullin said one thing he’s been told by his constituents again and again is “Markwayne, don’t change.” He also said his constituents have told him “how do we know you’re not going to take a drink out of the Potomac?”
While they, of course, were alluding to him “going Washington,” like so many others in the nation’s Capitol have done, Mullin drew laughter from the crowd when he made a joke of it.
“Have you seen that river? It’s disgusting,” he said. “I would never take a drink out of the Potomac.”
Turning serious, Mullin said when you’re a member of Congress in Washington, people treat you like you’re someone special — and they’re very careful never to tell you you’re wrong.
“If you’re never told you’re wrong, how can you ever learn?” he asked.

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