WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn declined Tuesday to discuss a report that he used an obscenity during a New York speech to describe the majority leader of the U.S. Senate.
According to the New York Daily News, Coburn insulted Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Monday while speaking to the New York Young Republican Club.
In remarks at a fundraiser for the club, Coburn, R-Muskogee, said there were some Democrats he could work with, including New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, the paper reported.
“There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a** hole,” Coburn said.
Coburn spokesman John Hart said Tuesday, “Dr. Coburn will provide further comment privately with Senator Reid.”
Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, said, “Nothing says ‘comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career.”
Coburn actually has sponsored successful bipartisan legislation, notably a 2006 bill with then-Sen. Barack Obama to establish a website to track federal spending.