Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) was expressing his frustration with the Senate for not “taking up” House-passed bills to constituents in Oklahoma earlier this week in an audio clip obtained by the site Talking Points Memo (TPM).
“Now I live with some senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him and I’d love to get them to vote for [Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE’s (R-Wis.) budget bill] — boy I’d love that,” he said. “You know, but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.”
Sullivan said the “first order of business” after the November election — which he hoped would mean a leadership change in the Senate — would be to take up a budget.
Sullivan’s spokesperson, Vaughn Jennings, sent an apology to TPM on Thursday, citing a “poor choice of words.”
“Millions of Americans are hurting — the congressman feels their pain, and does not want his comments to deflect attention away the serious issues our country faces today, and he certainly does not condone any form of violence as a means to fix what is broken in Washington,” Jennings told TPM.