Rep. Markwayne Mullin Defends Voting Against Hurricane Sandy Aid, But for Tornado Aid in Oklahoma (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) voted against federal disaster aid for the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy decimated the New York and New Jersey coasts.

However, when a tornado struck Moore, Okla., Rep. Mullin voted for federal aid to his own state.

While this might seem like a contradiction or hypocrisy to most people, Rep. Mullin told a town hall that the difference was how Oklahomans showed “self-responsibility” (video below).

Rep. Mullin had originally been asked about the Patriot Act and the NSA surveillance of Americans, which he strangely weaved into disaster relief, noted RightWingWatch.org.

“At some point, like I say, we’ve got to be responsible for ourselves,” answered Rep. Mullin. “So, I can’t tell you exactly how I’ll vote on [Patriot Act repeal] because I haven’t seen it, but I can tell you what I’ll refer back to, self-responsibility. I’m ok with voting no on some of this stuff, but I’m also ok with knowing I’ve got to stand on my own two feet.”

Rep. Mullin then explained why he voted against Hurricane Sandy aid, but for Moore, Okla. tornado aid.

“We became the Oklahoma standard," bragged Rep. Mullin to his hometown crowd. "We started taking care of ourselves, neighbor taking care of neighbors, and that’s what we had to do.”

However, Rep. Mullin failed to mention that "neighbor taking care of neighbors" also happened in New York after Hurricane Sandy, noted The Village Voice, and in New Jersey, reported NJ.com.

According to KJRH, Rep. Mullin made headlines last year when he condemned President Obama's stimulus plan as a "horrible waste of tax dollars," but accepted $370,000 in federal stimulus money for his plumbing business.

Sources: KJRH, NJ.com, The Village Voice, RightWingWatch.org, NJ.com