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Monday, November 01, 2010

The Most Important Statewide Race: Auditor

There are a lot of sexy government jobs up for grabs tomorrow.  The governor's office is pretty sexy and the winner gets to have some say as to the legislative process, to propose a budget and the like - and even veto lousy bills.  The Lt. Governor gets to cut ribbons, get lots of pictures taken and travel to exotic locations as the head of the Tourism Committee.  Those are two of the sexiest jobs in the state of Oklahoma but this election cycle, neither are the most important or critical.  Don't get me wrong:  They have significance to be sure, but this cycle, the most important is that of State Auditor and Inspector.

Bean-counting is a turn-off for most of us who have long ago thrown away our pocket protectors, but it is the State Auditor and Inspector who will hold the keys to good, conservative and accountable government over the next four years.  Accountability in government has been one of the critical elements we have lacked in Oklahoma and there really is only one man for the job - Gary Jones.

Gary has ran before and lost to an opponent that has been removed from office because of the corruption that Gary himself has exposed.  The role of the Auditor is to do just that and as a private citizen, he has found more corruption than the elected officials who have held that post. 

Imagine for a moment if the Republicans sweep the statewide offices, but the Brad Henry appointee is still in office.  Do you think for a moment his job won't be to find some kind of payback?  He will be a bee in the bonnet of every statewide office holder who happens to have an "R" next to their name.  With Gary, you have objectivity and non-partisan ass-kicking.  Those who know Gary know that he is an equal opportunity destroyer where corruption is concerned.  He doesn't give a damn whether or not you're a Republican or Democrat. 

Tomorrow, when you go to the polls, don't forget to tell your friends and family how important this office is to the taxpayers of Oklahoma and make sure they vote for the right guy...Gary Jones for State Auditor.