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Coburn likely to back Lankford as successor (the senate choosing its own membership again!)
thehill.com ^ | 1/17/14 | Jessica Taylor and Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 01/18/2014 6:11:20 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is likely to endorse Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in the special election to replace him in the Senate, an Oklahoma Republican source tells The Hill.

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The endorsement would give Lankford some credibility with the conservatives he’ll need to nab for the GOP nomination, and provide him a significant boost in the primary.

Coburn is well-respected in conservative circles, while Lankford — who, as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, has worked with leadership before on issues and voted for previous budget measures conservatives have opposed — is already facing skepticism from conservative groups.

A spokesman for the conservative Club for Growth indicated on Friday that the group would be opposed to Lankford’s candidacy, precisely because he doesn’t have as strong a record as Coburn on the Club’s issues.

“We do not know who will run for Sen. Coburn’s seat, but we do know that Sen. Coburn has an outstanding 96 percent lifetime score on the Club for Growth’s congressional scorecard and is a champion of economic freedom,” said spokesman Barney Keller in an email to The Hill. “On the other hand, Congressman Lankford has a lifetime 78 percent and Congressman Cole has a lifetime 73 percent, both of which are obviously substantially different from a score in the 90s.” Coburn's seal of approval would help mitigate some of the frustration Lankford faces from the conservative base.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
The moderate forces would just love to replace a conservative with one of their in a state like Oklahoma!

How about letting the people decide who shall represent them?? Oh, no! Can't have that!!!

1 posted on 01/18/2014 6:11:21 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

“...But on Friday, sources told The Hill that Bridenstine might be getting cold feet, aware that as a freshman just finishing his first year in Washington he could face an uphill battle against Lankford....”
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This no doubt is from “moderate” GOPe sources attempting to dampen Bridenstine support. I hope that he doesn’t “get cold feet” and bow to this type of attempt to influence his decision. There is absolutely NO REASON for this Senate seat to move from conservative to the left since Oklahoma is such a conservative state.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 6:24:53 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: cotton1706

They really do think they’re the House of Lords, don’t they?


3 posted on 01/18/2014 6:25:10 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: cotton1706
Tom Coburn can endorse whomever he wants. Governor Fallin has called a special election to fill the vacancy, set for November 4th with the regular elections:

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-gov.-mary-fallin-sets-special-election-to-replace-sen.-tom-coburn/article/3924974

Stay tuned for a Republican primary.

4 posted on 01/18/2014 6:25:20 AM PST by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: cotton1706

Coburn was mostly conservative on losing causes. When it was close, he voted with the RINO’s. This endorsement shouldn’t impress conservatives. It says more about Conurn.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 6:27:57 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: cotton1706

Are the people not voting? Am I missing something? Should Senator Coburn not be able to make an endorsement? Are the people of Oklahoma too stupid to think for themselves? What is your point exactly?


6 posted on 01/18/2014 6:28:08 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: House Atreides

Is Bridenstine thinking about running? That would be awesome. He’s a Ted Cruz conservative.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 6:29:36 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: bigdaddy45

“Are the people not voting? Am I missing something? Should Senator Coburn not be able to make an endorsement? Are the people of Oklahoma too stupid to think for themselves? What is your point exactly?”
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Oh my, the defenders of “moderation” and the GOPe members of the ruling elite are getting touchy.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 6:37:52 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: bigdaddy45

Anger Anger Anger, got to stay PARANOID and ANGRY, that’s the way to make America great.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 6:38:02 AM PST by babble-on
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To: bigdaddy45

“What is your point exactly?”

My point is that I’m tired of senators themselves choosing who they would like to work with or who should sit in the senate. These endorsements from sitting senators as well as from the NRSC give their preferred candidates a leg up and the undermine representative government.

The powers that be choose ahead of time who the people will be able to choose from. That’s aristocratic, not democratic.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 6:38:12 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Is he choosing or endorsing? I think there’s a difference.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 6:43:48 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: cotton1706

There is nothing whatsoever wrong with the senator expressing his opinion on a matter close to his heart.

He gets one vote, just like other Oklahomans. He gets to speak his mind, just like other Americans. Let’s not criticize him for using his freedom of speech.


12 posted on 01/18/2014 6:49:09 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: cotton1706

Endorsing Lankford is all fine and dandy - BUT who are Coburn and Lankford endorsing (and hopefully campaigning for) to replace Lankford in the House!?!


13 posted on 01/18/2014 6:56:21 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: demshateGod
Coburn’s backing would catapult Lankford to the front of the pack, which is expected to also include Bridenstine and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Sources say former Rep. J.C. Watts (R) and former Gov. Frank Keating (R) are both also considering the race.

Overall some pretty good choices in the list.

14 posted on 01/18/2014 7:45:09 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I don't really like any of them but Bridenstine. I really like Bridenstine though. He serves my district and I had the privilege of voting for him over Sullivan. I live in Kansas’ third district now and will do what I can to remove our RINO.
15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:22:39 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: cotton1706

Lankford? No thankford.

He needs to go back to Turner Falls and do something he might be good at. The lightest of lightweights is all I see in him.

I’m glad Tom only gets one vote in Oklahoma.

Succession from Congress is not necessary but Jim Bridenstine would be a much better choice than Lameford.

One thing Tom could do that would suit me right down to the ground is to take Cole with him and they can trot off into the sunset holding hands together.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:48:25 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: cotton1706

Senator Coburn is not “choosing” this man. He’s stating a preference. You’re assumption that the people of Oklahoma are too stupid to decide on their own who their next Senator is a bit silly.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 9:53:38 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: House Atreides

I’m not defending anyone. This whole thread is just ridiculous. Coburn isn’t choosing anyone. The people still vote, do they not? Do you think the people are too dumb to make up their own minds? If so, you sound like a.... uh.... democrat.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 9:55:22 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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