This morning, State Senator Nancy Riley switched her political affiliation, becoming a Democrat. I say good riddance! I know it will be harder for Republicans to take the State Senate with 26 seats in the clutches of Democrats instead of 25, but we are better off with one less whiny, high-maintenance, turncoat in our party. It is also worth noting that today’s events prove that Oklahoma Republicans chose wisely in the recent Republican Primary for Lt. Governor where Riley received the least amount of votes in a three-way race.
Here is the official statement by the Oklahoma Republican Party, made by Vice Chairman Dana Murphy.
On behalf of Oklahoma Republicans, especially Republican women, I find Senator Riley’s comments today particularly offensive and filled with the very lack of compassion toward her own constituents, women, and the Republicans she made accusations against. Our party is open to anyone, as I know first-hand myself, losing in a run-off election then being elected twice as the Republican vice chairman.Technorati Tags: Oklahoma
Contrary to her statements that our party is not accepting of women, the facts speak for themselves about the significant role of Republican women in leadership positions in Oklahoma. Republican women in key offices in Oklahoma include: Lt. Governor Mary Fallin, Speaker Pro Tempore Susan Winchester, Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau, Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, and me, the Republican Party Vice Chairman.
As Sen. Riley should well know herself, the Oklahoma Republican Party does not endorse candidates in primary elections, and we did not. In the primary elections, candidates are responsible for generating support, money, and volunteers themselves.
Republicans are leading the charge to make real change for a brighter future in Oklahoma. We are dedicated to bettering Oklahoma for all our citizens. Come November, I believe that Republicans will earn the majority statewide—from the governor’s mansion to statewide offices to the legislature.
The Senate District 38 race is a great indication of prospects for November. Oklahomans are tired of “more of the same” leadership from the Democrats that has kept our state from moving forward. We are the party of Oklahoma, and we are fighting to make it better every day.