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Citizen Legislator: Mr. Coburn goes to Washington

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Dr. Tom Coburn never held a leadership position. He was never a committee chairman. He learned the rules of the House and the Senate and used those rules to chip away at the federal Leviathan. Certainly, he was an agonizing thorn in the side of Republican leadership. Yet even Republican Leader Mitch McConnell realized Dr. Coburn’s genius, saying that his nickname “Dr. No” failed to fully capture him. Dr. Coburn “did not let his strong principles sideline him from creative policymaking or bipartisan cooperation,” Mr. McConnell said. “Tom’s convictions did not drive him away from the table. They inspired him to become a central player.”