Doug Loudenback has been hitting hard at the two Tea Party/Windsor Hills Baptist Church candidates running for city council. He notes that promises made to voters during the MAPS 3 campaign could be reversed, as could much of the momentum we’re seeing downtown, if Cliff Hearron, 74, wins Ward 8 against Pat Ryan and Adrian Van Manen, 61, wins Ward 6 against Meg Salyer.
Hearron and Manen did extensive mailings this past week to constituents. The fliers argued the current council is responsible for OKLAHOMA – not Oklahoma City – but the entire state being ranked low for bad roads. Both Hearron and Manen are without any prior experience or involvement at City Hall. Maybe that’s why they don’t realize the city doesn’t control the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
This would be a good question to delve into at a public forum. But as reported in today’s Oklahoman, Hearron and Manen chose not to appear and answer the voters’ questions.
We at least know what they might be thinking…
These races are very low turnout; literally a couple thousand voters will choose who gets the seat, so we stand an excellent chance of winning these two seats if we put money and effort into the races. No doubt other conservative candidates will be found before the filing deadline, so the Tea Party could simply take control of OKC city government if we can rally the Tea Party members.
- Al Gerhart
Co Founder, Sooner Tea Party
Founder, Oklahoma Constitutional Alliance