So many citizens become shocked & disheartened when they see their newly-elected representative go off to Oklahoma City, following a successful election season.
We only thought they were representing us, right?
It was our votes which put them in office and the whole idea of representative democracy is based upon this principle.
But to the politician, it's far different. He sees you and me as a pliable and impressionable mass. He sees money as the decider of elections. And those who pour money into his campaign as the real masters of his service.
There is only one way to expose this corruption of representative government. Show me the money!
This became very clear when I strongly encouraged Kevin McDugle to run for a seat being vacated by a termed-out Democrat in Wagoner County. Despite the solid support of the grass roots, McDugle went after the money of powerful forces far outside his district. He sold his soul.
Shortly after being sworn in, he moved to Oklahoma city and rarely returned home to his wife in the next year. He was having an affair with another woman and his wife finally gave up on him and filed for divorce last summer.
But as great as his infidelity was to his faithful wife, Tasha, and their two young boys; he was also unfaithful to his district in his voting. See, the Speaker (Charles McCall) and the rest of the leadership (and the special interests who own them) poured over $30,000 into his 2016 election. He voted for nearly every tax bill they were pushing.
This election season is even more pathetic. McDugle's opponent (Nick Mahoney) has raised almost all his funding from his neighbors in the 12th district, in Wagoner County. McDugle is now funded almost entirely by special interests and corporations seeking special deals from the legislature.
We're posting here, the most recent campaign funding report that the McDugle campaign is required by law, to make public to the voters.
A candidate who is mostly funded by interests outside the district, will probably NEVER respect the district and effectively advocate faithfully for them.
As Ross Perot once said; "If a man's wife can't trust him, how can any of us?"