'Oklahoma Republican' is also a meaningless term. Our legislature and most of our statewide elected leaders are co-opted by the socialist bug. The senate is completely a lost cause and has been for 10 years. The house leadership is hell-bent on making state govt. larger and more oppressive than the Democrats ever dreamed!
We conservatives will get nowhere until we start demanding more from the OKGOP. The title of "Republican Nominee" needs to cost a candidate something. It needs to require a loyalty to values and a commitment to infusing those values into every bill that is written, every vote that is cast, and every dollar that is appropriated.
If we can't get our County Republican Party chairmen to hold endorsement conventions next spring, then we shouldn't fund the party organization at all. The Oklahoma Conservatives have begun focusing their efforts into conservative organizations rather than the political party label. There are good reasons for this. The clubs are focused on issues and willing to call out the hypocrites.
OKGOP chair, Pam Pollard, was on Tulsa talk radio, this week. She stated that she fully intends to allow Rep. Carol Bush to remain on the OKGOP State Committee (the presiding party committee) even while Carol Bush actively campaigns for a Democrat trying to unseat a Republican. Bush is a liberal and openly expresses hostility to republican values. The state party rules specifically state that such actions will result in being stripped from any party leadership role, but Pollard refuses to act. Last year, Pollard gave significant party funds to all party nominees. As long as that continues without a contract for party platform adherence, then a conservative would be a fool to give any funding to that party structure.
Then there's that matter of the Oklahoma house & senate passing the largest tax packages, at the governor's behest. They even went so far as to 'thumb their noses at the state constitutional mandates of a 75% threshold of passage. It was our own republican party that fought to get those protections in the constitution, 25 years ago.
There are also some very conservative County GOP groups. The county Republicans need to start informing the electorate about which candidates really do show a commitment to conservatism. If they meet next May to hold endorsement conventions, it may greatly inform the Republican primary voters and mark a turn toward fidelity to our party's principles (as defined in our party platform). The party rules allow for straw polls and other such resolutions. But the party establishment will greatly resist the initiative.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...