While debating in favor of the largest tax increase in state history, Rep. Leslie Osborn called the fiscal conservatives; "the Swamp" & said; "We need to drain this swamp of those who will not move the state forward."
As the House drags on their failed 12 month effort to fund this year's budget and begin next years appropriations, former Budget Committee Chair, Rep. Leslie Osborn started getting ugly in her floor debate rhetoric. She said that just as President Trump is committed to draining the swamp in Washington, House leaders need to recruit primary opponents against those who don't go along with her massive new taxes.
Never mind that Trump is battling the bloat and cronyism of the federal govt.; Osborn is seeking to expand that massive and corrupt bloat in Oklahoma. If lawmakers don't vote like her, she openly threatens to raise up challengers against them in the upcoming summer primary elections, followed by general elections in November.
Is Osborn's 'over the top' hostility anything new? For most lawmakers it is classless and demeaning of the honor of the office and the chamber. But even that standard has been brought much lower during her time in the State House.
As a divorced woman she often lectures the deliberative body on how to have a harmonious marriage, even as she admits her own failures in this area of her life.
I've loaded the video from the House archives, but some browsers will not load it in this site. Osborn's comments start at 3:49:45 . The video can be found at : https://goo.gl/d9Gc3h.
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