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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

John Boehner: Not happy with mouthy Oklahoma Rep. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House John Boehner called Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan on the carpet last week after the often mouthy representative suggested shooting some U.S. senators if they didn’t vote right on budget bills.

A source close to Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue Saturday that the Speaker “took Sullivan to the woodshed” in a sharply-worded phone call, telling the Oklahoma congressman to “keep your damn mouth shut!”

In a town hall meeting in Bixby, Oklahoma, Wednesday, Sullivan was asked what it would take to get some Democratic Senators to vote for a budget bill.  He responded:

I’d love to get them to vote for it, 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.

According to close aides, Boehner “went ballistic” when he heard about Sullivan’s comments and called the Congressman for a “come to Jesus meeting.”

“The speaker was not happy about the Congressman’s remarks and he made his displeasure very, very clear,” one aide told Capitol Hill Blue.

Sullivan came under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike for his comments.

Neither Boehner or Sullivan’s office would confirm or deny the phone call on the record when contacted by Capitol Hill Blue.

It must be something in the water in Oklahoma. During last year’s August recess, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told a town meeting:  “Its a good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor.”

When his office issued an apology, Sullivan took his staff to task for trying to smooth things over.

“Political correctness is bullshit,” Coburn said. “Get over it.”


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5 thoughts on “Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’”

  1. Representative Sullivan should understand that there are plenty of stupid people who will want to take him up on his idea. Comments like that are irresponsible, reckless, and moronic. How did this idiot get elected?

  2. Mr. Speaker, good job, however; you need to go “PUBLIC” with your response to John Sullivan’s “MORONIC AND HATE-FILLED” comments, this takes the GOP to the absolute edge of the “flat” earth you exist on.

    Do the right son, and elevate your party to a higher standard that all of America can respect.

  3. If Republican politicians and conservative pundits were required to confine their public pronouncements to non-inflammatory, rational, factually-supported, thoughtful, insightful comments … they would be speechless.

    • I was there when he said it, it was an off the cuff remark, pure hyperbole, nothing more, no one even noticed it. He said it after being repeatedly grilled about what he was doing about the budget issues. It’s not like the democrats are any better. I mean dems said tea partiers are terrorists, and that we can go straight to hell. So before you start bashing conservatives you need to take a big long look in the mirror.

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