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Oklahoma’s Sen. Coburn, battling cancer, stepping down before term ends


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oklahomas-sen-coburn-retire-after-current-sessionWashington Times:

Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who has carved out a niche as Congress’s top waste-watcher, announced late Thursday that he will leave the Senate at the end of this year — a full two years before his term is up.


Mr. Coburn has been battling cancer and was scheduled to have key tests next month.


In a statement, he said he decided it was time to shift his focus to his family.


“As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere. In the meantime, I look forward to finishing this year strong,” he said.


His departure will leave a significant hole in Congress. He has assembled one of the best teams of investigators to root out wasteful spending, and has turned it into a cottage industry with his annual “Wastebook” featuring questionable projects funded with taxpayer money.Scissors-32x32.png


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