OKLAHOMA CITY —
“He gives the citizens the opportunity to make a choice between someone who is really a conservative game-changer versus someone who is moderately conservative, kind of nibbles around the edges of conservatism, and really doesn’t make much difference,” said Meadows, a frequent critic of Fallin.
Brogdon, 60, owned a heating and air conditioning company in Owasso, a conservative Tulsa suburb, when he was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2002. A fierce critic of what he claimed was excessive spending by a bloated state government, Brogdon took a $99,000-a-year state job with the newly elected Republican Insurance Commissioner, boosting Brogdon’s monthly retirement benefit by more than 50 percent.
Several conservative activists say Brogdon’s decision to spend three years as a state bureaucrat likely has hurt his credibility among Republican primary voters.
“I personally didn’t care for that,” said Jamison Faught, a GOP activist and the chairman of the Muskogee County Tea Party. “There are a lot of people who aren’t very happy with that situation.”
Rush Springs state Rep. Joe Dorman and R.J. Harris of Norman both have indicated plans to run for the Democratic nomination.
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