There may not have been a more dedicated lifelong Oklahoma Republican. Tom Daxon Carried the GOP banner in 1978 when he won the GOP's only statewide race. As State Auditor for 4 solid years, Daxon made a strong run to unseat George Nigh, in 1982. Nigh prevailed and became the 1st Oklahoma governor to be elected to two full terms.
Tom Daxon also served as the OKGOP State Chairman. As a college student he was the State Chairman of the College Republicans. His party resume stands among the most dedicated.
But this week Tom Daxon declared his preference for president to be Gary Johnson. The former Republican governor of New Mexico is on all 50 state ballots, but his poll numbers are slumping badly in the final weeks.
“I am a life-long Republican. Fifty years ago, I was President of the Oklahoma County Teen-Age Republicans and later Chairman of Oklahoma College Republicans and part of our delegation to the 1976 National Convention. I have held statewide elective office as a Republican and served as Republican State Chairman. Only a few times have I failed to vote for the Republican candidate. But, I am an American first!
“This is a very important election. Donald Trump announced his candidacy with a promise to restrict immigration from Mexico and he all but declared a trade war with the rest of the world. With our serious national debt, we need growth. We aren’t going to get it with a bunch of new regulations and high tariffs. And – with government playing its proper role, America CAN compete with anyone in the world.”
Byas (copublisher of the Oklahoma constitution) had this response, on social media;
"Tom Daxon ran as a pro-life Republican. That meant that he was not just *personally* opposed to abortion, but that he believed it was an obligation of government (you know, life, liberty, and property, and all that) to prevent it. Well, now. Johnson is strongly in favor of legalized abortion. Johnson has called religious liberty a 'black hole'. And, I will add, Carly Fiorina, that Tom Daxon was for, was also pro-life. This is disappointing, Tom Daxon."