Markwayne Mullin, thirty-seven, first-term representative from Oklahoma’s Second House District, was named this week to The Hill’s annual 50 Most Beautiful list, and was quoted saying this kind of aw-shucks stuff:
And how would he describe his style? “Awkward,” he replies with a smile.
But there’s one thing he’s certain of, as far as his personal fashion goes.
“The idea of having to match a pair of socks to your tie or to your pants just doesn’t make any sense to me. … With boots you don’t have to worry about it. Nobody sees your socks,” he says.
It’s not because he can’t afford socks, either. From before he was elected to his first term:
A Republican congressional candidate who argues the federal government should rein in spending was awarded around $370,000 in federal stimulus money distributed through a pair of Oklahoma Indian tribes, records show.
Companies owned by Markwayne Mullin, the GOP nominee for a U.S. House seat in eastern Oklahoma, received the money under contracts with the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) nations, according to documents posted on a government website created to track recovery funds…
“Mullin Plumbing is a plumbing business. When someone hires us to do a job, we don’t ask them where the money comes from,” the [Mullin campaign's] statement reads. “Plumbing is plumbing. These projects were Cherokee Nation projects, and our contract was with the Cherokee Nation. We just performed the services we were hired to do and moved on to the next job, like always.”
Then again, this could be construed as proper preparation for Congress, which never, ever asks where the money comes from.