OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma congressman apologized on Friday for suggesting that “killing a couple” of U.S. senators may be the only way to get a budget passed through Congress.
U.S. Rep. John Sullivan made the comments Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Bixby. When asked about federal spending, the Tulsa Republican expressed his frustration with the Senate for its failure to approve a budget.
“I’d love to get them to vote for it,” Sullivan said at the event. “Boy, I’d love that, you know. But other than me going over there with a gun and pointing it to their head and maybe killing a couple of ‘em, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.”
Sullivan’s comments were first posted on the political blog Talking Points Memo.
Sullivan spokesman Vaughn Jennings said Friday that the congressman was speaking off the cuff during the town hall meeting and sincerely apologized for his remarks. Jennings added that Sullivan also spoke during the event about the importance of civility in Washington.
“The congressman offers his sincere apologies to anyone he offended and for using a poor choice of words to make his point — which was that Senate Democrats are refusing to pass a budget or even vote on the 28 House-passed jobs bills,” Jennings said in a statement. “Millions of Americans are hurting — the Congressman feels their pain, and does not want his comments to deflect attentio n away from the serious issues our country faces today, and he certainly does not condone any form of violence as a means to fix what is broken in Washington.”
Jennings said the congressman has not been contacted by law enforcement about his remarks.