Not all members of a political party have to agree with each other. In fact some may not even like what their fellow party members have to say, especially when lightning rod Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City comes into the picture.
That seems to be the case in the Oklahoma Republican Party right now. The Journal Record was apparently copied in on an email between a top OKC public relations firm and the head of the state party. In the email, Brenda Jones of Jones PR tells Gary Jones (I don’t think they’re related), that the Republican Party needs to stay focused on jobs and economic growth and stay away from “judgmental rhetoric on morality.”
Brenda Jones goes on to talk about how Kern and her husband, who is a minister, are “politicizing God’s pulpit” and “starting to look scary and a bit like that crazy church in Kansas.”
Brenda Jones’ email goes on to say:
”Gary, we can never build Oklahoma’s Republican Party as long as Sally is the face of our Party. Everyone keeps touting “Ronald Reagan.” As someone who worked for him very closely for 9 years and in The White House West Wing, he rebuilt and grew our Party by attracting Independents and Democrats by standing strong on economic issues and national security. Of course, he strongly opposed abortion and supported many family value issues, but he advocated for these issues from the heart and not a bully pulpit.”
The email closes with this final thought, and maybe even a warning:
This is very damaging to Oklahomans, Oklahoma Republican growth, and the Republican Party at the national level.
Kern is not known for her temperate or even middle of the road views. She is unabashedly right. Kern and her supporters caused quite a stir at the Capitol on July 2 when she had a signing for a “proclamation for morality” signed. The ceremony included counter protests from people who disagree with the premise the proclamation, which says America is on poor economic footing because of its lax morals. Kern’s group countered the protester chants by singing “God Bless America.”
Apparently Kern’s name is also a popular rally cry for groups that she has publicly been critical of, including homosexuals. During a recent showing of the new movie, “Bruno,” about a gay Austrian model’s antics in the United States, someone in the crowd shouted out Kern’s name.
I suppose that’s irony.