Most initial State Committee meetings are still held in a 'honeymoon' atmosphere. Today's was different.
John Bennett signaled some radical changes in his agenda and he was very open about his resolve. But the unfinished business of the April state convention will remain undone.
Most controversial of all the agenda items is the open rebuke resolution of US Senator James Lankford. It was defeated by a 16% margin, and it would have been an even bigger defeat if some of the current lawmakers on the state committee had not abstained. The legislators were able to see the 'vote no' line being significantly longer, during roll call, showing they were not required to add their voice to the censure issue which has greatly divided the party.
But Bennett's open support and campaign rally speeches for Lankford's primary opponent are even more controversial. Bennett's effort to call a special convention was defeated while former Chairman Pam Pollard's reform initiative passed overwhelmingly. The reform institutes a 'gubernatorial' state convention with limited specific agenda directives.
It's now clear that Bennett will have to carry out a party agenda that he didn't champion, nor support (prior to today).
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