Tulsa County Republicans will gather this Saturday morning at the Jenks High School Auditorium to elect county leadership for the GOP organization. This past Tuessday night, several candidates gathered at the Tulsa Republican Assembly meeting. The packed hall heard from several candidates who are running for 6 party offices. McLain and Allen Branch are two ofthe candidates for chairman. Others may eventually announce their candidacy at the convention. Branch and McLain spoke of the need to improve on the cooperative effort for the party. They both emphasized the need to correct the way precincts are treated by the county chairman.
Terry Flattem said he volunteered regularly for the past 2 years at the headquarters. But he said recently Chairman Ford removed him from that position because Flattem was providing necessary precinct information to individuals seeking to join their local precinct committee. That info has historically been readily accessable, until Ford took personal control and decided only to give that contact info to people he approves of having it.
Party participation has never been lower in the past 50 years. Ford also is attempting to grant delegate credentials to people of his personal choosing, for this Saturday's convention. He is rumored to be seeking the office of Vice Chairman. State Party rules mandate that precinct members must be chosen at a specific precinct meeting held last February 16th. It appears to be a blatant attempt to stake the election in his favor. Some precinct committees are vowing to remove such delegates not properly authorized by their precinct rank & file voters.
Opinion of the Editor
We recently moved our blog. Our archives are still partially stored at our old site.
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...