As we prepare for the most impacting votes of the year, many of our citizens are wondering what happened to the fella or lady that knocked their door and stood to chat with them on the front lawn, just a year ago?
While it was our constituent votes which put them in office, many of them sold their souls to high bidders when they held campaign fundraisers out of the public eye.
We looked at one prime example, namely Kevin McDugle. He was trusted by the Republican grass roots of Wagoner County, mostly because he was a friend of Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
But he signed a deal with one of the less-conservative consulting firms; AH Strategies.
During the summer & fall McDugle took in tens of thousands of dollars from several members of the House leadership, and PACs. McCall, Echols, Osborn...; they're all listed in the ethics reports. So when McDugle went to OKC, he voted with the leadership ever since. McDugle works for the machine. His constituents and the Wagoner County Republicans are overwelmingly disgusted with how McDugle turned his back on the pledges and people.
His marriage is now in divorce court, and his new hottie now accompanies him openly, to political & social events.
You can get a lot of answers to some horrible votes, this week; if you look up a disappointing politician's financial records.
The state calls the reporting feature "Guardian". It can't stop corruption and selling out to special interest, but it at least makes the facts known to the voters.