Sen. Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid “An Absolute A**hole”

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Sen Tom Coburn, R-Okla., reportedly bashed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to an audience at the New York Young Republican Club gala on Monday.

Coburn was asked about working across party lines, when he named several Democratic senators he has tried to work with.

“I have great relationships with Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). I don’t say that in Oklahoma,” Coburn (R-Okla.) said according to the New York Daily News.

“There’s no comity with Harry Reid (D-Nev.). I think he’s an absolute a—hole,” he said.

Since the remarks became public, the Hill reported that Coburn wants to meet privately with Reid to hash out their differences.

Reid’s office accused Coburn of not writing a single piece of bipartisan legislation in a decade in office.

“Nothing says ‘comity’ like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career,” Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement to The Hill.

After these remarks, Coburn bashed the Senate Majority Leader even more on Tuesday.

“I think he’s done more damage to the Senate than any majority leader,” Coburn said.

“Seventy-five times [he has] issued filling the tree and filing cloture to eliminate debate, to eliminate the idea that the Senate was supposed to force consensus,” he added.

Earlier this year Coburn apologized to Reid for calling him "incompetent."

“Since this is the second time in the last year or so Sen. Coburn has had to apologize to Sen. Reid, he knows where to find him,” said Jentleson.

No meeting has been scheduled between the two senators.

Sources: Newser, Politico, The Hill