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!”
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.”