Monday: Congressmen reflect on time in Washington
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Dan Boren sounds happy about leaving Congress.
John Sullivan sounds philosophical.
Sullivan, a Republican, and Boren, a Democrat, are in their final weeks of representing eastern Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives. Boren decided four terms were enough for him and did not seek re-election from the 2nd District.
Sullivan was defeated in the Republican primary after more than five terms representing the 1st District.
“Losing is never fun,” said Sullivan, “but I didn’t plan on being in Congress all my life. I think it was time for me to do something else.”
Professionally, that something else has not been determined. Personally, Sullivan says he’s looking forward to spending less time on airplanes and at fundraisers and more time with his wife, his four children and the friends he has seen too little of the past 11 years.
“I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it’s an abnormal life being in Congress,” he said.
“It’s a little bit here in the community, it’s a little bit in Washington, and you’re never in one place very long.”
The demands of fundraising,” Sullivan said, is “turning Congress into something where you have to be a telemarketer almost.”
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla.