Oklahoma Watchman: GOP Picks Worst Candidates

The primary results are in and we know that a lot of candidates were disappointed at the returns. We would never have guessed the run-off election would be between a real estate executive with a shady pass and the former television reporter and former Mayor of Oklahoma City. We can only speculate as to why, and we are not in the business of speculating about elections.
We've already focused on one of the candidates and now we'll show you what information is available on former Mayor Mick Cornett. One candidate appears to buy the election with his ample wealth while the other candidate is running on having a fourteen-year history of a balanced budget. Well he's required to have a balanced budget. So are our legislators, but the never seem to have enough money in the coffers to balance it without loans and tax increases.
The first item we found was this article from the MusgokeeePolitical.com. There is a mention of the two remaining candidates having issues and we concur with the statement. We would encourage you to open the link and read it for yourself. It's a very informative article.
We next went to his campaign web site to see what information was available. We were disappointed when we found this site (archived link). The name of the party he wants to run for is never mentioned. No where were we able to find a mention of what issues he wanted to tackle.
We then found this article. We learned more about this individual on Wikipedia than his web site. From our viewpoint he has an impressive record according to this article, but he fails to mention the struggles he had getting to a balanced budget. He had to keep the MAPS tax going, which has improved the outlook for Oklahoma City. There were blunders on his trail that never get mentioned. Having the city purchase the Native American Cultural Center is only one at the tune of $60 million tax payer's dollars that are still being wasted.
We next found this article that was completed by OklahomaWatch.org. By reading this article you can tell that a lot of research went into it. This organization does a lot of good work. It is well worth the time to open the link and read for yourself.
We next found this article from Ballotpedia. This article will show you the actual numbers of his political career. What it fails to tell you are the ins and outs of his campaign. We discovered that we needed to check his company's donations regarding his commercials being made. We did check it out. We were being unable to find any in kind contributions to his campaign from his business.
We did find this article from 2015 that comes from a more left-wing side than anything else. We included this article so you as voters will have a better understanding of this candidates thinking.
In a more recent article, where him and another contender discussed their view on the impending teachers walkout and strike earlier this year. There is video included and it is absent one major problem in the schools of Oklahoma. We know that there are many great teachers in the state, however we did find that the average grade point to become a teacher is only 2.5. We feel that this has failed to draw a word from any candidate. They got their pay raise, it's now time for them to raise their own standards to enable them to give a better education for our children. We should expect more from those his
Then we found this interesting article from the Norman Transcript. He indicated that he wants to work on Healthcare and education. We've heard the same message over the course of many Governor's and yet they are still teaching to a test and not truly educating the children but in doctoring our children. Folks we voted out of President Obama's woefully poor education system, yet there are schools in the state using it. Talk about fraud, waste and neglect, this is a fine example of it. It truly is no wonder that many parents wish to use the private schools for their children.
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had. We started by going to his biography page at this location. What we found was disappointment. We went through all the folders available and his biography page is the only one that contained any information. We knew we would have to go elsewhere for his campaign financial data and we did.
We next went to the Guardian system at www.ok.gov/ethics to see what they had on file. He has many individuals that have donated to his campaign. Unfortunately, we also found numerous special interest groups and unions who have donated to his campaign. Leading among them were the big supporters of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. The State Chamber pulls a lot of muscle when it gets to what is passed into law and what is not. What that does is it buys your vote and support instead of you getting the best candidate for the job. That's the primary reason that $6 billion dollars a year goes to corporate welfare.
In conclusion we cannot determine how good of a Governor he would be. He was an adequate Mayor for Oklahoma City for 14-years. We say adequate only because of his willingness to spend tax payer's money for unnecessary projects. We should not expect a balanced state budget during his tenure. We can anticipate more of the same dreadful decisions that were made during this current administration.