2nd District candidate Markwayne Mullin talks on federal regulations in national address
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, October 14, 2012
10/14/12 at 5:42 AM
Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Markwayne Mullin took his small business, anti-regulation pitch national on Saturday as he delivered the GOP's weekly address.
"I spend more than 40 cents of every dollar the company takes in on complying with regulations," Mullin said in an address taped Thursday in Tulsa and released early Saturday morning. "You heard that right: more than 40 cents. When I first started using that figure, people would say, 'Wait, you're talking about taxes too, right?' Nope, that is just what we spend on regulations."
Democratic candidate Rob Wallace said Mullin's comments were at best disingenuous.
"He will decry government regulation and says it burdens his business by taking money out of his pocket." Wallace said. "While I agree government can sometimes get in the way, I don't think anyone needs to feel sorry for a millionaire who has profited hundreds of thousands of dollars from ... stimulus funds and still stands to make $1.4 million in federal contracts over the next two years."
Wallace said Mullin's selection to give the address signals "my opponent is already linked up with the Washington, D.C., crowd. He has already proven he will cave to the D.C. special interests that would dismantle Medicare, privatize Social Security, provide tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas."
Mullin related his experience building up the family plumbing business from near-bankruptcy to a large service company.
"I'm proud of what we've accomplished," he said, "especially when I think back to how unsure I was about what I was getting into. Many of the folks I meet on the campaign trail have the same hesitation about the challenges our country is facing. They ask me, have we gone too far off track? Do you really think we can turn this around?
"My answer, hands down, is yes."
State Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell acknowledged that it is somewhat unusual for a congressional candidate to give the weekly presentation.
"National Republican leaders have obviously seen in Markwayne what conservatives in the Second District have seen - a uniquely qualified candidate who has run a successful business, created jobs and speaks directly to the concerns of his districts when advocating for a more efficient government," Pinnell said.
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Markwayne Mullin: "I spend more than 40 cents of every dollar the company takes in on complying with regulations," he said in his GOP address. "You heard that right: more than 40 cents. When I first started using that figure, people would say, 'Wait, you're talking about taxes too, right?' Nope, that is just what we spend on regulations."