Sen. Coburn promises he will not run again if ethics law passed

Term expires in 2010 Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, was interviewed on the C-Span program "Q & A" on Sunday, Feb. 5. On the C-Span program "Q & A" on Sunday, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) told host Brian Lamb that he feels so strongly about the dangers of the ethics bill recently passed by the Senate that he will not seek a second term if it is enacted. "If this becomes law, I will guarantee you I won’t run again. I’m not about to put what I’ve worked for, for 35 years as a physician and a businessman, at risk, so I can represent the people. I will say I’m cashing it in. We’ve just imploded ourselves." Coburn believes such a law would subject elected officials to expensive law suits from critics, and be a deterrent to future candidates. The House of Representatives also took up ethics reform in the past month, but there, new standards were adopted as rules, rather than federal legislation. The House would have to approve the Senate version for it to become law. Sen. Coburn's first term expires in 2010.   The interview also addressed Coburn's well-publicized propensity to hold (prevent from reaching the floor) bills proposed by other Senators with which he disagrees. Noting the antagonizing nature of such actions, Lamb asked Coburn how he was treated in the Senate dining room. The senator acknowledged that "there is occasional coldness," adding, "That’s OK. That’s a small price to pay, if in fact, we fix the problems that are in front of us. It's not about me." Read Tulsa World story  C-Span video and full transcript available at the link below: 


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