State Senator Steve Russell bows out. Steve Russell, author of an open-carry bill, has announced that he's done and won't be running to retain his seat in the State Senate. Russell campaigned on his military background, his work in the events surrounding the capture of Saddam Hussein, but apparently working in the Oklahoma Senate is just not his game. Russell will be out pushing book sales and there is rumors abounding that he may be a new voice on NRA Radio. Who will run for that seat? It's going to be hard to tell, but there is talk that State Representative Mike Reynolds is considering a run, Kyle Loveless may be running again and if he does, his relationship with Red Chair Productions will be prominent in the race. Red Chair is by far one of the most talented production firms in Central Oklahoma. It will be a Republican primary race, whereas no Democrats are going to be strong enough to carry that Senate District.
Romney, Perry, Cain, oh my! The Republican candidates for President have taken off the gloves and are maneuvering to out conservative each other. It's bizarre to watch Romney back track on his previous record, to see Governor Perry explain away some of his statements regarding illegal immigration, and then there's the Herman Cain train. It's as though the Republican party is just pushing anyone who looks like they can defeat Obama...forget talent, common sense and ability.
|Rep. Randy Terrill|
Coburn consistent, shocks some. Senator Tom Coburn campaigned in such a way that there would be no surprises if he were to be elected and he's living up to that campaign ideology. Coburn is a conservative who believes that our government is bloated and spends too damned much money. What is shocking is that some are shocked that he's trying to reduce the size and scope of government, cutting programs that he believe to be pork. Silliness, I tell ya. Coburn is one of those few elected officials who is truly consistent and he's not afraid to reach across the aisle and work with members of the opposition party when there can be agreement. Take, for example, government transparency - he worked with then Senator Obama to accomplish that feat.
As you can see, things are just plain weird in the political world right now.