Rep. Dan Boren has done everything he could to distance himself from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, and President Barack Obama.
But both issued gracious statements about the Muskogee Democrat on Tuesday after Boren announced that he would not run again in 2012.
“On behalf of the entire House Democratic Caucus, I thank Congressman Dan Boren for his service in Congress, his unwavering commitment to his constituents and his leadership on behalf of fiscal responsibility and the interests of rural Americans.
“Following in his family’s fine tradition of public service, Congressman Boren has spent a decade advocating for the people of Oklahoma and indeed, all Americans. All his colleagues wish him well as he prepares for the next chapter of his career.”
And here’s the president’s statement:
I want to thank Representative Boren for his years of service representing the people of Oklahoma’s second district in the United States Congress. Over the course of his career, both in Washington and in the Oklahoma Legislature, Dan has exemplified a commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunity for his constituents and rural communities, all the while continuing his family’s long line of public service and dedication to the state of Oklahoma. I commend him for his service, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”