Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s oldest and largest term limits advocacy organization, today denounced Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin for disingenuously breaking two term limits pledges he made to voters.
In 2012, Mullin promised voters he would serve no more than six years in Congress. He broke his word this week by announcing he will seek a fourth two-year term in 2018. In addition, Mullin also signed in 2012 the U.S. Term Limits pledge, vowing to co-sponsor and vote for term limits legislation in the House. He also broke that commitment by never sponsoring the bill.
“To our knowledge, Markwayne Mullin is the only member of Congress – Republican or Democrat – to break two separate term limits pledges to his voters,” said Philip Blumel, president of U.S. Term Limits. “Mullin’s decision to mislead constituents and protect his incumbency is exactly why Congress needs term limits.”
The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the House of Representatives by Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), with sponsorship from every pledge signer except Mullin.
USTL also took aim at the video Mullin released to explain his broken promise.
“It is unfortunate that Mullin felt that a slickly-produced video could gloss over the fact that he has abandoned term limits,” Blumel added. “There is no greater posterchild for how badly Washington needs term limits than Markwayne Mullin.”
According to a 2016 poll on term limits conducted by Rasmussen, the issue enjoys wide bipartisan support. The poll showed that 74% of Americans support congressional term limits. Rasmussen found that supermajorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents all over America support term limits.
Mullin’s Signed Pledge: http://ustermlimitsamendment.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Mullin-OK-2.pdf