We’re in a unique position in Oklahoma to observe the national health care debate intertwined with a bid for governor.
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla. is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a Democrat, is seeking the nomination for his party.
Republicans are urging Edmondson to join other state’s in filing a lawsuit challenging the federal health care plan. Fallin hasn’t missed an opportunity to ask for the same thing. Earlier this week, the Twitter feed for her campaign posted Edmondson’s office phone number and urged people to call the AG’s office and urge him to file a lawsuit.
This afternoon, Edmondson’s campaign sent a news release out urging Fallin to “tone down rhetoric.” Edmondson called on Falling to “take care not to incite criminal acts by those opposed to the health care reform bill.”
Congresswoman Fallin’s actions on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this week show disrespect for the office she holds and disregard for the potential consequences of her actions,” Edmondson said. “I hope as the debate continues, she will remember that there are those who would do our leaders harm, and that they may hear her words as a call to action.”
Fallin made national news this week when she appeared before protesters on the steps of the U.S. Capitol waving a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
Earlier today Fallin’s camp posted this on their Twitter page:
“Safe/enthusiastic rallies are a grt way 4 Americans 2 let Washington know they don’t want big-government takeover of health care! #hcr
I received this response from the Fallin campaign this evening:
“Violence, racial slurs, and hatred have no place in politics. I absolutely condemn any members of either party who act illegally or traffic in hate. With that said, my constituents and the people of Oklahoma are mad about this health care bill. This legislation will cost Oklahoma jobs. It will dump hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded mandates on our state in the middle of a budget crisis. It will remove our freedoms and introduce a new and highly unconstitutional mandate to purchase insurance. There are good reasons for the people of Oklahoma and the people of the United States to be mad, and they have a right to peacefully voice their outrage at Washington.”