I suppose you could say I have been somewhat amiss in not doing this before now. Even though I do live in Oklahoma and am proud of that fact, I do not write a lot about Oklahoma politics. It’s not that I do not care, but my attention seems to be drawn more to the national political scene. We will be electing a wide range of statewide candidates in November, however, and that selection process starts a little over a week from now, when the primary elections are held on July 27. As it would be in any other state, the race that has been drawing the most attention is the the race for the office of Governor. Brad Henry is term limited and we have four opponents vying for the job, two Democrats and two Republicans. On the Democratic side, we have our current Attorney General and Lt. Governor, Drew Edmondson and Jari Askins and on the Republican side, we have State Senator Randy Brogdon and U.S. Representative Mary Fallin. As I am a registered Republican, I will be focusing on the Republicans.
When I first wrote about the governor’s race in September 2009, I promised my Oklahoma readers (not sure how many Okies read this, but oh well) that I would make my preference known, when I made my decision. I have and I will be voting for Randy Brogdon in the Republican primary. This race has been a quite one, for the most part, but it has heated up somewhat in the last couple of weeks. This has a lot to do with some of the ads that have been aired by the Brogdon campaign, which have shown Mary Fallin in a bad light. There has been some confusion about the ads, with some saying they are not factual or correct. You can read some of that discussion at Muskogee Politico, with articles here and here. Take time to read the comments and you will see how some Oklahomans are feeling about the race.
If you were reading my blog during the 2008 presidential campaign, when it was known as My Take, you will know how I feel about negative campaigning. I know that ads of a more negative nature are sometimes a necessary evil, in order to show the differences between the two candidates. The ads from the Brogdon campaign have certainly not been favorable to Mary Fallin, as they show her in a rather unfavorable light. My decision to support Randy Brogdon for Governor has nothing to do with his ads, but the content does make it clear why I have chosen to support him.
Senator Brogdon is a very conservative individual and he believes in limited government, much more so than does Mary Fallin. I have no doubt she is a good person, but she seems a bit too close to Washington for my taste. She did vote for the first bailout, although I find that less of a reason to not vote for her than do some people. Even Senator Tom Coburn voted yes on that bailout, as did Senator John Thune. What troubles me the most is the earmark spending she has been seeking from the subsequent TARP funds, even though she opposed that legislation. As a conservative, that troubles me. Whereas we know what she has done in that regard, Senator Brogdon says he would not have done the same. For that reason and for those differences in the two candidates, I throw my support, such as it is, behind Brogdon. Again, it has nothing to do with the personal character of either individual, as I believe them both to be good people.
Brogdon does have an uphill climb to defeat Fallin. She has more name recognition that him and she is the favorite of the GOP establishment. She also has the big name endorsement of one Sarah Palin and I have to be honest, that endorsement surprised me. Brogdon is a strong supporter of the Tea Party. Glenn Beck has not so much as endorsed Brogdon, but he did say that the Senator was one of the best candidates for governor in the country. So, in the tit for tat world of politics, it may look like a lost fight for Brogdon, but don’t give up on him just yet.
One thing more. No matter who you choose to cast your vote for, Democrat or Republican, please make sure you do vote on July 27. It is not only your privilege and right, it is your responsibility. You do yourself and your country no favors when you do not exercise that responsibility.