For the first time in many years, Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb took an objecting position on a contentious political issue in state government.
The man who's known more for posing for pictures at the capitol, has begun to expess his campaign platform on current issues.
Lamb is a former state senator from the Edmond area. But little substantive press accompanied his 2 elections to statewide office. So folks outside his Edmond home turf have little knowledge of his political substance. Many of us have a feeling that will soon change.
Former federal prosecutor, Gary Richardson, will also be making his positions known. Lamb & Richardson are the 2 most anticipated candidates for Governor, in 2018.
Lamb remains the Lieutenant Governor and presides any time Mary Fallin is outside the state. But he will not remain an advisor to the governor from within the cabinet.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Keith Beall, Chief of Staff
Lamb Breaks with Fallin
on Tax Policy
Says “proposal will adversely harm Oklahoma’s small businesses and families”
Oklahoma City- Lt. Governor Todd Lamb today announced his resignation from Governor Fallin’s cabinet, where Lamb has served as the state’s Small Business Advocate, one of many roles the Lt. Governor fills. This resignation does not affect Lamb’s role as Lt. Governor.
“In Oklahoma, the Governor and Lt. Governor are separately elected positions. While both are Republicans, at this time Lieutenant Governor Lamb believes it is best for him to vacate the cabinet position,” stated Lamb’s Chief of Staff, Keith Beall. “His decision to resign was made after yesterday’s cabinet meeting in which Governor Fallin maintained her support for taxing 164 services affecting every Oklahoma small business and family,” Beall concluded.
Lt. Governor Lamb made the following statement
“Governor Fallin deserves to have someone in her cabinet who can be a strong advocate for her agenda, and that is something I am unwilling to do. While I respect the determination with which Governor Fallin met her obligation to present a balanced budget to the legislature, I cannot support her proposed tax increases. This proposal will adversely harm Oklahoma’s small businesses and families, especially those in our service industry. While Governor Fallin and I have disagreed on issues from time-to-time, our differences on this important topic are so significant they preclude me from continuing to serve on her cabinet.”