Following a lengthy and contentious hearing before the Oklahoma Election Board, State Representative Sean Roberts was unanimously ordered(3-0) to take a red pen and strike out the words "the Patriot" from his original candidate filing form.
State Labor Commissioner, Leslie Osborn, sought to have Roberts completely thrown off the ballot for daring to include a nickname he has increasingly been referred to by.
Fellow Representative and arch enemy, Chris Cannady, testified against Roberts, while disgraced for AG Mike Hunter served as Osborn's legal counsel.
Cannady testified that his definition (listen to audio) of a 'patriot' is higher than most. He indicated that his is measured by how much an individual has sacrificed in military battle for his country.
The problem with that redefinition is that it would declare the Revolutionary Minutemen as insurrectionists and the 'Red Coats' who raided the Lexington & Concord armories as "the Patriots".
None the less, Roberts did not convince the election board that the public 'generally' knows him as "the Patriot".
The Election board found that Osborn could not have Roberts removed from the ballot, because he meets the eligibility requirements.
But in breaking with recent precedent, they made Roberts pay the hearing costs and refunded Osborn's contest fees.
Roberts has been among the strongest advocates in the capitol, for individual liberties and small govt.
His quiet demeanor belies his tenacity for liberty causes.
His candidacy for Labor commissioner comes on the heals of the mass terminations of health industry workers who refused to have themselves injected with a trial vaccine which neither inoculated nor kept people from spreading covid variants.
But the scores of vaccine injuries continue to mount up.
Sean is running on a platform to protect workplace abuse of employees' health.