Claremore Daily Progress

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June 25, 2012

Dist. 2 campaign has variety of candidates

CLAREMORE — Only two times in history has Rogers County’s U. S. Congressional district been represented by anyone with Rogers County ties: Clem McSpadden(one term) and Brad Carson(two terms), both were Democrats. A local Republican has never been sent to Congress. 

Out of 53 two-year terms, only three terms have been served by one of us. 30 of the last 34 years, our congressional district has been represented by someone from Muskogee. 
Prior to that Rogers County supplied the 2nd District representative only two of the 72 years.
The political landscape has changed over the last eight years making Rogers County the largest block of Republican voters in the district by a wide margin, more “likely” Republican voters than the next three largest counties added together. We usually have the highest voter turnout in the state. Should Rogers County ever unite behind a single candidate, we would control this seat every term. History shows that rarely happens. We have historically diluted our vote so substantially that we have ceded representative autonomy to Muskogee. Your job this Tuesday is to vote thoughtfully and carefully.
This cycle, the Democrat candidates have been scarce in Claremore. The Progress offered to host a televised debate with RSU-TV, they all either declined to participate or to even return the calls. None have visited the Claremore Progress, and we have been aware of very little other interaction in the county. After all, Rogers County is not the center of Democrat activity it once was.
The Republicans, on the other hand, with the possible exception of Dustin Rowe, have made Rogers County a top priority. All of the Republican candidates are conservative family men with deep Oklahoma roots and values. Their debates and forums have been notable for their lack of disagreement. Their ages, methods, abilities and experiences are different, but their values are mostly the same. Below is a primer from my perspective on each of the Republicans in the primary.

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