The irreverent Oklahoma bloggers at The NonDoc recently published a good article on the 2018 race. We recommend reading it in full. They asked Gary about his recent loud hints about running.
“I’m looking at it pretty hard,” Richardson told NonDoc via phone on Monday, though declining to repeat the announcement he made in a Facebook comment days earlier.
“I don’t know what the date on that is,” Richardson said of his gun giveaway. “My consultant’s handling it for me. I ran in 2002 as an independent,” Richardson recalled. “Been a Republican pretty much all my life, but I didn’t feel at that point in time that change was in the cards — change that needs to be made. But I feel like today, seeing what’s happened in Trump’s case (…) I think the Republicans are ready to see the changes that need to be made. This is the only thing I will disclose because I talk about it pretty often anyway: There’s got to be some changes made with regard to the turnpikes,” the 75-year-old attorney said. “And the state prison system. There are other things. But that’s the kind of thing I’m talking about that needs to be cleaned up.” ”
Here's what Gaddie said of Leutenant Governor Todd Lamb. "Richardson’s biggest obstacle may be the presumed front runner for the GOP 2018 primary. The thing is that Todd Lamb has been out there on the ground running for governor for seven years. That’s what lieutenant governors do — they run for governor. Lamb is a candidate who has appeal across different parts of Republican politics. He’s generally a positive personality, which I think bodes well for him. He’s able to raise money.”
"Lamb’s status as an incumbent statewide-office holder would likely help him, despite mounting public criticism of Gov. Mary Fallin. What are you going to tie him to? What policy decision has Lamb made?” Gaddie asked rhetorically. “That’s the one thing about lieutenant governor: Nobody knows what you do, nobody knows that you did it, but they know you did something, and they know you’re the lieutenant governor.”
Lamb’s office has denied multiple NonDoc requests for an interview since mid-2016.
“If you were you, would you talk to you?” Gaddie said with a smile.
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