“Charlie’s Picks,” now “Michener’s Musings,” General Election Nov. 8. Over thirty years ago, friends of Charlie Meadows, founder of OCPAC, began asking him for his opinions on issues and candidates. Eventually the number of inquiries became so great that he began sending a mass email before each election which he called “Charlie’s Picks.” When Charlie retired as the President of OCPAC in March 2015, the duties of weekly commentary and election advice transferred to me, John Michener. To avoid confusion over authorship, we have decided that future election opinions, picks, and endorsements of OCPAC will be published under the heading “Michener’s Musings.”
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The following advice represents the opinion of the current OCPAC President and a majority of OCPAC’s leadership Board. Our recommendations will be organized into five major sections: 1) U.S. Races, 2) State Questions, 3) Judging Justices & Judges, 4) Oklahoma Senate Races, and 5) Oklahoma House of Representatives Races. In each race we have endorsed a candidate, picked a candidate, or leave it at “your choice.” Here is what those designations mean:
Endorsed. Candidates who are endorsed by OCPAC have received our seal of approval. You can rest assured that their values align with OCPAC values. They have completed our survey and appeared in person before our PAC for a grueling interview. Based on this vetting process, we believe they understand the proper role of limited government. They believe in the superiority of free markets over state-guided economic development, even in areas such as education and health care. They understand the duty of the state to defend its citizens against the oppression of the federal government. They believe we should not sanction, institutionalize, or encourage evil and depraved behavior, even if the federal government has done so.
OCPAC endorsed candidates include: Jim Bridenstine, Matt Jackson, Tom Gann, Molly McKay, Kevin McDugle, Kyle Hilbert, Joe Newhouse, Scott McEachin, Tess Teague, Joseph Silk, Nathan Dahm, Chuck Strohm, David Brumbaugh, Travis Dunlap, Steven McGowen, and Jason Murphey.
PICKED. Some candidates we simply pick. This typically means the candidate agrees with us on certain key issues of high importance which would make that candidate more preferable than the alternatives. We will attempt to explain a little about each pick.