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2:39 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Congressman Checks into Betty Ford

Tulsa, OK – 44-year-old Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan (R) today announced via a news release that he has sought help from the Betty Ford Clinic for an alcohol addiction.

"Last night, I checked myself in to the Betty Ford Center in California to treat my addiction to alcohol.

To ensure my success in this fight, I've decided to take a temporary leave of absence from Congress. I value my relationship with the citizens of Oklahoma's First Congressional District, whom I am privileged and honored to have served for the past eight years. So, I wanted to be open and honest on this tough situation.

I ask for your continued support and prayers as I face the challenges that lay ahead."

Sullivan has represented Oklahoma's first congressional district since 2002, when Steve Largent resigned to run for Governor.