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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn uses obscenity to describe Democratic Senate leader

In remarks reported by a New York newspaper, Coburn insults Senate majority leader; Coburn declines to discuss the matter in Washington on Tuesday.
by Chris Casteel Published: October 30, 2013
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— 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.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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