GOP Rep: I'd Need to Shoot Senators to Pass Budget

John Sullivan of Oklahoma apologizes after violent comments

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2012 8:11 AM CST

(Newser) – A House Republican apologized yesterday after Talking Points Memo spotted a clip of him saying he'd have to shoot some senators to pass Paul Ryan's budget. "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 it," Oklahoma Rep. John Sullivan said at a town hall meeting Tuesday.

"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," he concluded, gesturing as though holding an invisible pistol. Asked about the clip, a Sullivan spokesperson said, "The Congressman offers his sincere apologies to anyone he offended and for using a poor choice of words."

John Sullivan  talks with reporters following a House Republican Conference meeting, in this September 21, 2011 file photo.
John Sullivan talks with reporters following a House Republican Conference meeting, in this September 21, 2011 file photo.   (Getty Images)
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Audio of John Sullivan's remarks saying he would have to shoot Senators to get the Paul Ryan budget passed.   (YouTube)

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