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[First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races.]
Back in February, Tom Coburn famously said that the ethics reform package being debated in Congress was such to his dislike that, if it passed, he would not run for re-election. About this, he was crystal clear.
Well, the ethics reform bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly. So, will Tom Coburn stand by his own word from only six months ago?
The Tulsa World reports (emphasis added by me):
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn backed off his “guarantee” that he would not run for re-election in 2010 if a landmark ethics bill becomes law.
“Will I stand by it? I don’t know,” the Oklahoma Republican said after a Senate vote giving final legislative approval to the ethics bill.
“I’ll make a decision on (whether) I’ll run in 2008.”
In February, however, Coburn did not leave himself much wriggle room.
“If this becomes law, I will guarantee you I won’t run again,” he said in an interview on C-SPAN television.
In short, don’t trust anything that comes out of Coburn’s mouth. He might just take it back in six months.