Representative Markwayne Mullin, a Republican in Oklahoma, has a special message for his constituents, about how they don’t pay his salary, as seen in a video of the town hall meeting:
“You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap.”
“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.”
When the insulted voters started yelling “You should know better!” and “Don’t run!” and even mocking him by offering him $1000, Mullin tried to dig his way out, adding “this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
Mullin’s spokeswoman, Amy Lawrence, tried to smooth things over a bit more, saying that:
“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.”
While Mullin’s company, Mullin Plumbing, is a very successful business, saying that the taxes they pay don’t cover his salary is illogical. It assumes that the only reason to pay taxes is to cover his salary, not for expenses of schools, police or fire services, roads, etc. Good thing he doesn’t want to be a career politician; he just made a lot of his voters very angry.