*Tom Coburn to retire, prostate cancer returns, will finish current session*Submitted by Ulfilas on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 09:18
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will finish out the current congressional session and then resign from his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end, he said in a statement released late Thursday.
The 65-year-old Republican said he would leave the Senate at the end of the current session in January 2015. His term was scheduled to end in 2016, and Coburn already had vowed not to seek a third.
A physician from Muskogee, Coburn recently was diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer, but said this move wasn't because of the cancer.
"Carolyn and I have been touched by the encouragement we've received from people across the state regarding my latest battle against cancer," Coburn said, referring to his wife. "But this decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.
Coburn would vote with the liberty bloc sometimes and published the wasteful spending book. I don't doubt Okies will elect another R but wonder if there are any liberty candidates in the fold?