Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, an Oklahoma City-based group, is paying for television ads and mail promoting Shannon, a former state House Speaker and the first black person to hold that position.
Shannon is a “champion” opposing abortion and supporting gun owners’ rights and was the “most conservative House Speaker in Oklahoma history,” a narrator says in an ad that began running yesterday on Tulsa’s NBC affiliate, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. Shannon worked to overhaul welfare programs and cut taxes, the ad says.
“And we know T.W. Shannon will fight to finally end Obamacare,” the narrator concludes.
Oklahomans for a Conservative Future was formed Feb. 5 as a “domestic for profit business corporation,” according to a filing with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office.
The group paid $101,628 on March 1 for pro-Shannon direct-mail to the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida-based firm Majority Strategies, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future said in a filing to the Federal Election Commission.
Shannon’s campaign aired 30-second and 60-second versions of a positive and mostly biographical ad 224 times from Feb. 19 to March 2, CMAG data show.
Shannon is competing with two-term Rep. James Lankford and former state Sen. Randy Brogdon for the Republican nomination in the first-round June 24 primary. Lankford had $515,000 in his House campaign account at the end of 2013, money that he can use on a Senate campaign. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn is vacating the seat next January, two years before his current term was to expire.
The Republican nominee will be overwhelmingly favored to win the Nov. 4 special election in Oklahoma, where President Barack Obama’s 33 percent vote share in the 2012 election was his third-worst showing among the 50 states.
Rep. Mike Turner announced today that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman James Lankford.
He joins a list of other Republicans seeking the seat, including Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, Senator Clark Jolley, former Rep. Shane Jett and former Senator Steve Russell.
“The main reason I’m running is that we need strong, active conservatives of a new generation who aren’t part of the status quo, but are there to work hard in Congress,” Turner said.
“After surveying the current field of candidates,” Turner said, “many people approached me about running. There simply wasn’t a true, ‘across the board’ conservative on issues ranging from taxes and spending, social issues, economic growth issues like tort reform, and immigration.”
“I’m not a lawyer or career politician,” Turner said, “and my background, values and beliefs all match this district.”
An Oklahoma City native, Turner holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Southern Methodist University. Turner grew up working as an electrician’s apprentice, crawling through attics and underneath floors to run wire. Today, he provides technical advice to inventors and start up manufactures with particular expertise in the automotive sector.
Turner defeated an entrenched, 8-year Republican incumbent to win his Oklahoma House seat in 2012. He personally knocked on the doors of over 10,000 voters in the process. Turner pledged not to take money from lobbyists or political action committees, refused a state pension and promised to donate half his legislative salary to schools and charities in his district. He kept these promises in office.
Turner has shown a willingness to buck leaders in his own party when they stray from conservative principles. Last year, Turner voted against the record-high state budget because “it spent too much and gave back too little in tax relief.”
While his opponents have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbyist and PAC money over their political careers, Turner is once again refusing all such contributions in this race. Turner says he will also refuse the Congressional pension.
“I’ll work for the people of central Oklahoma, not the special interests in D.C.”
The 5th Congressional District seat includes most of Oklahoma County, along with Seminole and Pottawatomie counties to the east. The Republican Primary Election will be held June 24th.
Congressman James Lankford released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration announcement that would—among other things—delay the continued cancellation of health insurance plans as ACA is implemented:
“Today’s action by the Administration continues to acknowledge—in the 13th hour—that Obamacare did not allow many Americans to keep their doctor or health plan if they liked them. Once again the President is trying to impose his preferences on American families and businesses. Frustratingly, today’s action is too late for the thousands of central Oklahomans in my district who received cancellation notices for plans they liked and then were forced to look elsewhere for inferior plans. People in my district are increasingly impatient with this Administration constantly changing the rules of the game on a whim for purely political reasons. If the President wants to help individuals and businesses, he should sign the House bill that delays the entire law and all of its mandates.”
Former Oklahoma Senator Randy Brogdon today officially announced he is running for the United States Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tom Coburn. In his announcement, Brogdon said he will back new Republican leadership to push for the real change needed to save the country from financial ruin.
Brogdon said, “I am running for Senate because I believe our country is in a full-fledged spending crisis, and both Democrats and Republicans are to blame. The Washington tradition of going along to get along has given us a $17 trillion debt and a stagnant economy.” He added, “I’m not going to Washington to manage the mess, I’m going up there to help dismantle it.”
Brogdon made his intention clear to work with others to change Republican leadership in the Senate by saying, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been complicit in growing the scope of government and creating trillions of dollars in new debt. He should resign immediately for the sake of our country’s future, and for the good of the Republican Party. But if we’re both elected, I will do everything in my power to support a true leader to replace him. Unless and until we have a Republican leader willing to stand on our principles, we’ll have no chance of doing what’s needed to save our country from financial ruin.”
Brogdon concluded his announcement by explaining, “It’s not enough to elect people who say the right thing on the campaign trail. It’s time to elect people with the courage to stand up and fight alongside leaders like Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. I pledge to the people of Oklahoma that I will always be a fighter for them. Whether it’s the fight to defund Obamacare or the fight to stop the cycle of debt limit increases, I will not kowtow to President Obama or even the Republican establishment. I will always put Oklahoma taxpayers first.”
Randy Brogdon built a successful small business with his father before serving the citizens of Owasso, Oklahoma as a member of the city council and then as mayor. He subsequently served two successful terms in the Oklahoma State Senate. Randy is known for his fierce opposition to wasteful spending and higher taxes. The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma will take place on June 24, 2014.
With the changing political landscape, It’s musical chairs again for former Senator Randy Brogdon.
An arch-conservative and John Birch Society member, Brogdon worked for the insurance commissioner, then started running for governor, but is now emailing his friends announcing he’ll file paperwork to be a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
He’s seeking donations in his email, where he says he wants his friends to be the first to know.
Brogdon wrote “the last several weeks have produced a number of unexpected twists and turns in the political landscape in Oklahoma.”
“After informing friends on Christmas that I was planning a run for governor in 2014, I began working to assemble a statewide campaign organization toward that end.
“As I was assembling my campaign team, Tom Coburn announced he was resigning from the U.S. Senate two years before the end of his term.”
Thus, Brogdon appears to be in for the Senate. He joins former Speaker T.W. Shannon and Congressman James Lankford in the race.
Congressman Tom Cole, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel revealed cuts to the Department of Defense in President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015. Among many of the proposed changes, the Army would see a reduction from 522,000 soldiers to between 450,000 and 490,000; the Army National Guard would see a reduction from 355,000 to 335,000 by 2017.
“While I have great respect for Secretary Hagel and his distinguished service to our country in uniform and in the Senate, I cannot support the fiscal year 2015 budget that he has presented on behalf of the Obama Administration,” said Cole. “Because the president has been unwilling to lead in the area of entitlement reform, he has chosen to reach his budgetary objectives by slashing defense spending. If enacted, the president’s proposal would place America and the men and women who serve it in uniform at great risk in the years ahead.
“No amount of technology or restructuring can compensate for the massive hole the president intends to make in our nation’s military. Under the Administration’s proposed military budget, America’s military would experience the greatest downsizing since World War II and no longer be able to sustain prolonged stability operations. Expecting that the world is safe enough to justify such deep reductions shows just how little the president understands military deterrence and the strategic importance of a robust armed forces.
“Whether we chose to be or not, America is the ‘cop on the beat’ around the world. The strength of our presence and military readiness speaks to both our enemies and allies. When our military is weak, our nation is seen as a target by our enemies and less stable or dependable to our allies. Making our military weaker inevitably makes the world more dangerous and runs the risk of increasing the number and severity of conflicts around the globe.
“With these proposed cuts to our military, the president would leave American militarily weaker than he found it. His proposal would limit the options available to his successors and increase the dangers we face as a nation. In the months ahead, I hope Congress chooses to reject the president’s recommended defense budget by maintaining our force levels and keeping faith with the members of our armed forces and their families,” concluded Cole.