Butt out, Daxon

The highly important race between Sean Burrage and Ami Shaffer for the State Senate seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Stratton Taylor has so far been fiercely, but graciously, fought by the two capable and respected candidates.

Both candidates have publicly stated their admiration of one another, and to date we’ve not heard of a solitary negative comment by either despite the race being what many call a dead heat.

People who know the candidates expected nothing less. Neither has the personality nor a penchant for gossip or for denigrating others. Locally, a clean race was anticipated from the beginning unless outside interference raised its ugly head.

That ugliness arrived Sunday when the Sunday Oklahoman printed and op-ed attack piece written by State Republican Party Chairman Tom Daxon.

Having never met, much less interviewed Sean Burrage, Daxon had to make an inconceivable stretch to label him a “poster child” politician for Democrats. Not once in his entire article did Daxon ever mention Ami Shaffer, or her credentials. Obviously, his only purpose for writing was to besmirch the Democrats.

Daxon, of all people, should be extremely careful in trying to dredge up garbage about other politicians. He has been kicking around the state capitol, bouncing from one job to another for the past 20 or so years, yet has the audacity to refer to longtime members of the legislature as “lifers.”

Prior to becoming chair of the state GOP, Daxon was temporarily general administrator of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, where his most distinguishing contribution was to cost the OCC more than $75,000 to settle a sexual harrassment filed against him by a female employee.

It probably would be best for both candidates in the District 2 Senate race if Tom Daxon would just butt out.





For Dan Boren

If experience in running for Congress counts, first term U. S. Congressman Dan Boren could be in real trouble. His opponent in general election is Patrick K. Miller of Snow, who is making his fourth run for the job.

Actually, Miller began losing elections for the job back when southeastern Oklahoma was in the 3rd District, better known as Little Dixie back then.

He shouldn’t fare much better in this election. Boren, son of David Boren, the popular former governor and senator who is now president of the University of Oklahoma, is just completing his first two-year term. In addition to his name and being the incumbent, he has a campaign chest stuffed with more than $800,000.

Miller, a former professor and instructor of electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma and University of Tulsa, doesn’t have a campaign fund. “I don’t do money,” he says. “I just don’t have any way of using it to gain more support.”

Boren has offended some of the Democratic Party’s liberal extremists, but has solid backing from party moderates, as did his predecessor, Brad Carson.





For Chuck Hoskin

Democrat Chuck Hoskin should be a run-away winner in the contest with Republican Wayland Smalley to replace term-limited Joe Edins for State House of Representatives, District 6.

This district covers all of Rogers County north of Akin Road, Craig County, and parts of northern Mayes County.

Hoskin, a former steel worker, school teacher, coach and a member of the Cherokee Tribal Council, says he will be a leader who puts people first. He wants free college education for all children born in Oklahoma, affordable health insurance available for all, and an increase in the state’s pathetic minimum wage.

But if not for those worthy endeavors, Hoskin should be elected because he adamantly opposes TABOR, a perfectly horrible idea, and the so-called “65 Percent” rule for school funding.

Hoskin is a native of this part of the country. Born in Claremore and raised in Vinita, he understands the thinking of most northeastern Oklahomans.

Joe Edins leaves large shoes to be filled, and Hoskin is the man who can do just that.

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