U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who are running for governor this year as ultra-conservative, anti-Obama Republicans, are not showing up at political forums to discuss issues.
How will they govern? What issues are important to them? How do they compare to other Republican and Democratic candidates for governor? Are they afraid to discuss the issues? Why?
Fallin, who is considered the race’s frontrunner, and Brogdon, who is from Owasso, missed a forum for gubernatorial candidates in Lawton Wednesday that was sponsored by The Oklahoma Academy, a nonpartisan group. Earlier in June, the two candidates missed a similar forum at Oklahoma City University.
We can assume that Fallin can argue she’s doing great work in Washington so she doesn’t have to tell Oklahomans, at least in person, her stances on the issues. Still, if you can’t find the time to campaign and debate, then maybe you shouldn’t run for office. What’s Brogdon’s excuse? According to a media report, he was scheduled to attend the event but just didn’t show up.
Republicans are obviously hoping the anti-Obama hysteria in the state virtually assures they will win the governor’s race and retain control of the legislature. Why risk actually talking about issues like the budget crisis or prison overcrowding here, especially if the GOP candidates might not seem as knowledgeable as the two leading Democratic candidates, Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins? Is that the strategy?
Oklahomans should reject Fallin and Brogdon in the voting booth if the two candidates will not participate in civil, nonpartisan forums about the issues with other gubernatorial candidates. Corporate media outlets here should call them out for absenteeism.