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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dave White Completes Biz Move

From Dave White's press release:

(EDMOND, OK) -- Independent conservative candidate for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District finalized the relocation of his company, Laminating Services, Inc., from its Florida location to its new home in Central Oklahoma. White explained that the process, though long and tedious, has been worth the effort.

“Anyone who has owned a business understands the importance of location and accessibility to infrastructure,” said White. “For over a year now, I’ve been developing plans for a new facility in Central Oklahoma that meets my company’s needs in both location and distribution networks. The timing is perfect.”

Laminating Services, Incorporated (LSI) is a company founded by White in 1992 with a simple idea: To create laminated maps that fold easily. Having been a Navy SEAL, White developed a process that allows articles and maps to fold flat and today, White is named on the patent for the process. White’s experience as a Navy SEAL and as a business owner makes him uniquely qualified to run for Congress—he thrives on the pressure related to both.

“When the voters of the 5th District take a long, hard look at the candidates for Congress in November, they will see some very stark contrasts,” said White. “Being a business owner responsible for profit and loss statements, taxes, equipment and making payroll is not an easy task in this economy but I have done it successfully. I can, and will, take my experience and record of leadership to Congress.”

Relocating LSI in the midst of a campaign was no easy task and required flexibility and the passion to stay on task and accomplish difficult goals. White believes it underscores his credibility as a candidate for Congress.

“Think about it: I have a degree in economics from the United States Naval Academy. I am an entrepreneur with a patent to my name. I am a former Navy SEAL officer and Desert Storm veteran,” said White. “Relocating my business to Central Oklahoma took planning, strategy and desire. I accomplished all of this while spending time with my six children and my amazing wife, maintained my F1 Rocket aircraft, redesigned my hangar and am running for Congress. When elected to Congress, dealing with the bureaucrats and special interests therein will be a challenge, but nothing I can’t handle decisively.”
The successful history and transformation of Laminating Services, Inc. can be found at http://www.laminatingservicesinc.com/. It is the fulfillment of the “American Dream.”

Dave White's campaign website is located HERE.
Note:  Yeah, I'm working with Dave - and I'm damned proud to be doing so.  I like both conservative candidates for CD5, but clearly, Dave is the dude.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24th - Much More Than A Runoff

My mother would have been 65 today, but she died of cancer at the at of 33 over thirty years ago and days like today make it seem like yesterday.  I was 14, on the downhill slide to the ripe old age of 15, when she died and as I look back at my life thus far, I can see how the loss at such an impressionable age has impacted my decisions and some of the choices I have made.  Some good, some horrific.

I don't blame her death for my bad behavior and the silly things I've done, but there is no doubt that the loss has greatly influenced who I am - rather, the loss and how I dealt with that loss has greatly influenced who I am.

Today is also the runoff election.  The two GOP candidates have spent the last week giving us just what we've come to expect from runoff elections in Oklahoma.  A bunch of he said/she said garbage that at the end of the day leaves the voters less educated about the candidates and how they would deal with the important issues facing Oklahomans right now. 

If my mother were still alive, she would have been ashamed of "both those boys."

I am still befuddled as to whom I will vote for as I enter the polling place for this runoff, but I am darned sure whom I will vote for in November.

Woke up this morning and mom was the first thing on my mind today.  How she would have taken me to the woodshed countless times over the past thirty years, how she was truly a rock in my life - a consistent source of love and admonishment when I needed it most (but often when I liked it least).  She had an amazing way of letting slide the things that truly didn't matter much, but accentuating the issues of importance in a way that drove home the underlying truth and reality of the situation.

I guess it's a "mom" thing. 

She's missed and will be until I get to meet her on the other side.  In the meantime, we have some voting to do, I suppose.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Odd Company

Since the Brogdon/Fallin war left Mary Fallin the victor, there have been numerous questions about where the volunteers would end up hanging their hats.  There was even some banter about whether or not some of the Brogdonites would end up supporting Jari Askins in her race against Congresswoman Fallin.

**Ran into one former Brogdonite at Crest who was clearly in the Pruitt camp.

**Heard from another Brogdon supporter who was so angry, he's putting together a "Republicans for Jari" group - or at least he was threatening to do so. 

**My friend Cheryl Williams who was arguably one of the most staunch supporters of Randy Brogdon is now touting the efficacy of the Lankford machine...which is very interesting because Randy and James are not exactly on the same page politically, but are both Baptists, I believe.

**A handful of others have already decided to throw their support behind my friend and conservative Independent, Dave White in the OK5 general.

This general election cycle will be one for the record books and whether they realize it or not, the supporters of Randy Brogdon will have a lot to say about who gets elected.  While Randy was beaten by Mary Fallin, let's not forget that it cost her $1.9 million to do so.

But then again, what do I know?