Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, took his traveling speech machine to the Bixby Oklahoma business club, this week. But after his polished oratory expired, No one was quite sure what he really said. The Tulsa World is convinced that Lamb came out strong against any tax increases. Others thought they heard him say that he is open to any & all new funding and expansion ideas.
What the Tulsa World knows he said was;
“I’m focusing on a general review
of what’s in the books.
We have to see it through the lens
of cost-benefit analysis.”
Lamb was repeatedly urged by his advisers to take a stand on the constitutionality of the legislature's last batch of revenue raising schemes. He wouldn't even go on the record to applaud the scrutiny of the State Supreme Court. But when it was unanimous decision, he was the first to declare he 'knew all along that the bill was unconstitutional'.
He appears to be incredibly cautious and concerned that we may notice the little man over in the corner behind the curtain. If he can keep our attention on the smoke and mirrors which produce that great and powerful 'Oz', then he may coast to the party nomination.
The fact remains that Todd Lamb remains untested as an executive. He has the haircut and the tailored suit, but hasn't showed us much more than that. Todd Lamb may have what it takes, but he's acting like he's afraid we might find out who he really is.
He should learn a lesson from the ill-fated 2016 'Jeb!' campaign. We aren't interested in image. Yes, Jeb Bush raised more money. Yes, Jeb even had a big list of big name endorsers. But Jeb Bush became the pathetic synonym for low performance as an option at the precincts, on election night.