It was a Friday night in Oklahoma. While most of us were at the high school football games or at the fair, the Federation of Young Republicans (18-40 years old) held their state convention to elect new leadership for a 2 year term. The goal of this institution is to reach out to the next generation's voters with a Republican message and solutions to address the concerns of young citizens about the direction of our nation.
Sadly, the several dozen who registered for this meeting were unsure what direction their organization would go.
I contacted several attendees in both factions to get a sense of what the conflict was all about. It seems the credentials committee could not get their report adopted by those who were registered and wearing official delegate badges. While waiting for the credentials report the Rules committee sought adoption of an agenda and special convention rules for conduction the business of the convention.
Since there are only a few active county chapters, among Oklahoma's 77 counties, several young Republicans from several unorganized counties responded to the call to convention by showing up as 'at large' delegates. The proposed convention rules were said by some dissatisfied attendees to cap their combined voting power to about 5 delegate votes. One estimate said that roughly 30 delegates were in this category. They were unwilling to accept being treated as 1/6th of a delegate. Others said these rules were set as permanent at a previous convention and are not subject to the prerogative of the assembled delegates.
The protest is based on the gist of the petition is blatantly false. With these misleading and false claims, signature seekers are collecting signatures on false pretenses that misrepresent HB2597 passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor.
The claim that a person can carry a firearm on a college campus is blatantly false, inaccurate, misleading, deceitful, inflammatory.
Here is a video recorded yesterday proving our statements conducted by Don Spencer, president of the OK2A. https://youtu.be/4RnhRNBVf8k
Council for the protest is Kevin Calvey and Robert Robles.
Davis did release a statement tonight. He said there are aspects of his arrest he wants to address in court, but acknowledges the mere appearance of impropriety is "unacceptable". He apologized for putting himself in the position.
“I am embarrassed by this situation and deeply sorry to my family, community and colleagues," Davis stated. "My role as a legislator carries the responsibly to lead by example, and in this case I should have done better in that regard.
"I will ensure this does not happen again while working through the due process of the justice system.”
Our lawmakers come from all backgrounds, all family traditions and all cultures. They struggle like the rest of us and they feel pain like the rest of us. Yet is our job as the electorate, to select those who can best devote themselves to leading us in both policy decisions and personal example.
We believe in redemption and we believe in praying for those who serve us. As Rep. Davis demonstrates the needed corrective measures in his life, it will be his constituents who must decide if he is fit to bear their trust. I personally hope and pray that Dean Davis steps up and does so, humbly. For God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
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...