Sen. Randy Brogdon wasn’t at a governor’s candidate forum Wednesday afternoon at Oklahoma City University, but according to his campaign people he was touring flooded areas in Oklahoma City.
A news release sent out by his campaign said Brogdon, a Republican from Owasso, was planning to tour flooded areas in Edmond today.
He was supposed to have taken a helicopter from Tulsa to get an aerial tour of the disaster area.
In the news release, Brogdon said: ”I think it is important for elected officials to get a first hand experience of what these families are facing. It’s important that these victims of an extreme natural disaster get some real help putting their lives back together. I am concerned that with the economic downturn having drained state reserves, government may not be able to provide the needed help.”
Brogdon said he’s met with executives from the banking and insurance industries and “received enthusiastic response to the idea of putting together a relief package from the private sector.” Brogdon called the conversations “informal.”
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, retired Oklahoma City businessman Roger Jackson and Robert Hubbard, a Yukon businessman are all vying for the Republican nomination for governor.