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January 16, 2014

Fallin: Not pure enough for Tea Partiers

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NORMAN —

Today’s replica is the self-identified Tea Party, which fits perfectly British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s definition of a fanatic.

Churchill wrote, “a demagogue is one who won’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” That’s why the Tea Party dominated House Republicans in Washington have voted 43 times to abolish Obamacare, knowing full well the Senate will never take it up, and if it did, President Obama would veto it.

So just who is the kamikaze, Tea Party hero strapping into his motorless bi-plane to take on our popular and well-financed incumbent? Why, it’s that liberty-loving, anti-government patriot named Randy Brogdon. Yes, that Randy Brogdon.

He attracted 39 percent of the vote in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial race. Immediately after that drubbing, the former Owasso city council member, mayor and two-term state senator was hired into a high-paying executive position by Insurance Commissioner John Doak, R-Tulsa.

Doak and Brogdon are both well known and frequent disparagers of big government. Perhaps the former senator had private sector insurance experience? Nope. He’s a heat and air guy.

The real answer? He needed, and got, a plum government job that, after only three years, has enhanced his state retirement by 60 percent. These three short years, when combined with his eight in the Senate, reward him with a monthly check of more than $1,600.

Most state workers put in between 25 to 30 years to earn a similar amount. But, hey, who cares? Based on my review of many right-wing publications and blogs in Oklahoma, certainly not the Tea Party pilgrims who, as much as they try, should not to be confused with the original pilgrims, a brave and hardy lot not known for coveting generous retirement benefits.

Such alleged anti-government true believers (unless their corporate tax credit or incentive is up for abolition) have flooded the Internet world with encouraging words for Oklahoma’s self designated “most conservative senator ever.” Their posts often end with “Run, Randy, Run.” I agree that he should run and hide his face in shame for such hypocrisy.

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