J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman from Norman who decided a year ago not to run for governor
this year, threw his support today behind a political newcomer in the 5th Congressional District GOP
Watts, who lives in Washington and operates the J.C. Watts Cos., endorsed James Lankford of Edmond.
Political figures usually stay out of primary battles, but Watts, a former University of Oklahoma football star
who served in the 4th Congressional District from 1995-2003, said. “This is the moment we must send
someone to Congress who will represent the ideals and values of Oklahomans.
“James Lankford shares my Christian principles and my commitment and passion for reform in Congress,”
Lankford, who resigned as director of the Falls Creek youth camp near Davis to run for Congress, is “cut
from the same cloth” as U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, Watts said.
“I trust James to go to Washington and work hard to restore wisdom, values and common sense to our
government,” Watts said.
Other Republican contenders for the seat are state Reps. Shane Jett of Tecumseh and Mike Thompson of
Oklahoma City, former state Rep. Kevin Calvey of Del City, Rick Flanigan of Bethany and Dr. Johnny Roy
Democratic contenders are Tom Guild of Edmond and Billy Coyle of Oklahoma City. Clark Duffe, an
independent from Edmond, is also in the race.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau