Pastor Dan Fisher is entering the race for Oklahoma's next governor. He isn't searching for a set of issues. It doesn't appear that he lacks an ideological base, either.
The former legislator and founder of Patriot Pastors is perhaps feeling the frustration that many in his base of supporters have expressed. They feel that the political class has exploited and abandoned them. The real campaign promises of the last 10 years have been largely abandoned. The state is mismanaged and corruption is becoming epidemic.
Last weekend Dan Fisher called them together and talked about a plan to fix the state. Yes, Fisher taps into many of the same themes that other candidates have advanced. But his 'hard-right' fellow believers are determined to not let their movement be co-opted by another fake conservative. Many of them still express remorse about the 2010 race, when the 'darling of the Tea Party movement, Sarah Palin, came into Oklahoma and endorsed Mary Fallin when Randy Brogdon was leading in the polls.
Fisher is not the most recognized name in Oklahoma politics. Others will eclipse his initial numbers. He thinks others may have broad support, but only shallow intensity. Fisher's support may be intensely deep, but we're watching to see how wide his message resonates... especially with some other more populist messengers in the race.
David Van Risseghem is the Publisher of SoonerPolitics.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...