There is a striking ideological split between the state political leaders and the grassroots. Candidate Gary Richardson said he's hearing plenty of voter rage everywhere he goes. Richardson is also a plaintiff in the several lawsuits which were effective in overturning some of the unconstitutional tax increases we saw this spring.
Long time OKGOP party member, Steve Byas echoed Richardson's observations from his own travels and speaking to civic and political groups. Byas has been publishing the Oklahoma Constitution and the annual Conservative Index. He says the Republicans have perhaps the lowest scores for conservatism that he's ever seen.
Former OKGOP Chair, Randy Brogdon is blunt with his scolding of the current republicans in state legislative office. Sooner Politics has carried some of Brogdon's writings in the past couple weeks.
Rep. John Bennett is one of more than a dozen House Republicans who have stayed true to the OKGOP platform's principles. He recently renewed the call for routing independent state performance audits. He says that not a dime of added funds should be budgeted to an agency until that agency has a current performance audit done by a credible outside source.
We'll stay on this issue and report solid details when they are available, from the OKGOP State Committee.
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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...