U.S. Rep. Mark Mullin is facing a stiff challenge with Republican opponent Jarrin Jackson in the June 28 primary.
On a conservative score by Liberty Scores, Mullin is at 59 percent due to votes on expanding the debt ceiling and for the omnibus bill.
Mullin’s voting record is under fire and it caused former U.S. Tom Coburn to endorse Jackson in the Republican primary. Coburn rarely makes primary endorsements and he had previously endorsed Mullin when he first ran. Before he was in the Senate, Coburn, a Muskogee native, represents the Second District in the U.S. House.
Jackson has also been endorsed by the Tulsa Beacon and the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee. “Jarrin is a Jim Bridenstine grassroots conservative who will defend the Constitution. He won’t disappoint conservatives in District Two who are still wondering why Mullin voted for the Omnibus,” former President of OCPAC, Charlie Meadows, said after the group interviewed Jackson.
Jackson has pledged to only run for three terms, the same pledge made in 2012 by Mullin but Mullin has retreated from that stance.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and U.S. Sen. James Lankford, both Republicans, have endorsed Mullin.
Mullin said he is pro-life. He supports traditional marriage, religious freedom and Christian values. According to his website, he wants border security and opposes Common Core.
Mullin said he has voted 30 times to defund or dismantle Obamacare. He wants a simpler tax code and a stronger military. He supports gun rights under the Second Amendment.
Mullin owns and operates one of the biggest plumbing companies in the state.
Jackson is a West Point graduate with combat experience in Afghanistan. A fifth generation Oklahoman, he grew up in Oologah and lives in Rogers County.
A captain, Jackson served in the U.S. Army for seven years, including two combat tours in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne and the 3rd Cavalry.
According to his website, Jackson will:
- Make Congress declare war before troops are deployed.
- Champion free market capitalism.
- Use sunset provisions in spending programs.
- Give veterans choice in health care.
- Simply and broaden the tax system.
- Restore Social Security solvency.
- Repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.