TULSA, Okla. - Democrat Rob Wallace says his foe in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District already acts like a Washington insider although he's never held elective office.
Wallace made the comments during an exclusive interview conducted by KRMG over the weekend.
He was asked to respond to reports that Markwayne Mullin's company has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts paid for by federal stimulus money.
Mullin, the Republican candidate for District 2, has strongly condemned the stimulus program in campaign speeches and materials.
"Apparently he's a quick study, because he's figured out exactly how folks in Washington profit from programs like this, and he shouldn't be allowed to at the same time rail against them as a waste of government money," Wallace told KRMG. "Apparently, the stimulus is only bad when it's not stimulating him."
Asked about Mullin's contention that Congress needs more people with actual business experience to turn things around, Wallace, whose career includes stints as District Attorney and Asst. U.S. Attorney, said that's not necessarily the ticket.
"What we see in this stimulus funding controversy is a classic example of when you get businessmen involved in government, they find a way to profit from it, some do, and clearly that's what he's done," meaning Mullin.
As for statements from the Mullin campaign that Mr. Mullin himself was unaware of the stimulus money coming into his business, Wallace didn't buy the notion.
"Here are contracts potentially worth a couple million dollars, I can't imagine that the person leading the organization wouldn't be aware of where a couple million dollars in income's coming from," he said.
KRMG attempted to contact the Mullin campaign for comment but our phone call was not returned.