Running or not

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I was happy to learn this last week:

* That State Rep. John Wright (R-Broken Arrow) is running for Lt. Governor. John is an intelligent and consistent conservative, and he would be a great choice for the job.

* That former Tulsa City Councilor Jim Mautino is running to recapture his former District 6 seat. Jim's term in office is the only time in that east Tulsa has had someone at City Hall looking out for their interests. Former Councilors Roscoe Turner and Maria Barnes previously launched their campaigns to run in Districts 3 and 4, respectively; good people both.

* That former Congressman J. C. Watts is not running for governor. For all his considerable rhetorical skill and name recognition, he's been detached from Oklahoma politics for almost eight years, and he carries some baggage from his lobbying career. I'm hoping that Watts's withdrawal will encourage Republicans to study the announced candidates, and, in particular, to give State Sen. Randy Brogdon a closer look.

I was not happy to learn:

* That Sen. Tom Coburn may not run for re-election. We need the conscience of the Senate to stick around, particularly as the topic of health care becomes more prominent.

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Ok Political Junkie said:

Coburn will run! Rumor has it he may even move up his announcement time to before June 1...

Also hearing that former St. Senator Scott Pruitt is being encouraged by many to look at Governor and/or AG.

Conventional wisdom might say that he and Brogdon would split the conservative vote...but Pruitt has a much broader fundraising capacity and war chest building ability than Brogdon...has national connections via Coburn and Huckabee...should be interesting!!

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