All talk but no action..
Todd Lamb became rather irritated and guarded while Campbell asked him a series of questions. These are questions asked of several other candidates and Lamb's handlers should have prepared the Lt. Governor for them.
Todd Lamb is enjoying all the trappings of public office. His self-ascribed duties of the office includes photo-ops. Massive photo posing responsibilities. He's loathed to buck his current governor because she doesn't have to invite him to be seen with her or serving in her cabinet. His first 6 years as Lt. Gov. has been all but silent, except to lead the applause chorus for anything the governor does. Never once in 7.5 years has Lamb exerted his constitutional role as President of the Senate. Even Mary Fallin, herself; boldly took over the senate in the last years of Frank Keating's administration. As Frank Keating's Lt. Gov., she forced a floor vote on a key labor law reform, paving the way for Oklahoma to eventually become a "right to work" state.
So by evidence of the official state archives, we see that Fallin showed more leadership in her Lt. Governor service than Todd Lamb has. Lamb could have changed that narrative, last week.
When Lamb was interviewed by Pat Campbell, he could have (as acting governor) announced his own call to special session. As acting Governor, it is his authority to bring these reforms. He says he opposes these taxes. He says he supports Constitutional Carry. He says he supports a education reform and more money for the classroom.
Last summer, there was a massively unconstitutional action of the legislature and governor. A new tax was passed & signed into law. It was one of four new tax increases. Only one of the announced GOP candidates for governor would say a word in protest of this attack on our government by our own politicians. Gary Richardson went even further. He filed a challenge to several of these tax increases at the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Richardson spent his own money on his challenge. The politicians in office spent our money and our Attorney General's resources to attempt to prevail. The court ruled on a unanimous vote, to scold and nullify the fiscal attack on our own people. Only afterward did Lamb claim that he knew the Tobacco Fee was unconstitutional. Yet he kept his mouth shut and refused to preside over the senate when he could have stopped the legal assault on our rights.
Opinion of the Editor
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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...