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Palin and Huckabee Back Different Candidates in Oklahoma GOP Senate Primary
breitbart.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy

Posted on 04/09/2014 10:51:32 AM PDT by cotton1706

Another Tea Party versus Republican establishment battle is brewing in this June's Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senate primary, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has come out on the other side of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

On Monday, Huckabee endorsed Congressman Jim Lankford (R-OK). In March, Palin endorsed Lankford's rival, T.W. Shannon, former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

On Wednesday of last week Tea Party favorite Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Shannon. Then on Friday, Dr. Ben Carson also endorsed Shannon. The Senate Conservatives Fund, which is backing a host of Tea Party challengers around the country, is also backing Shannon over Lankford.

Shannon, 36, who served as an aide to former Congressman J.C. Watts (R-OK), was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006. In 2013 he became the youngest Speaker of the House in the state's history. His campaign website claims he "has been coined by many 'the most conservative Speaker in State History.' "

Shannon resigned as Speaker in February when he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. During his one year as Speaker, Shannon pushed several conservative bills through the House that became law. One law requires recipients of payments from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to work at least 20 hours per week. Another generates cash for the state through the sale of unused assets and property.

Shannon's opponent, Congressman Lankford, can also claim conservative credentials. He receives an 83% rating in the latest Heritage Action Scorecard, 1% better than retiring Senator Tom Coburn, generally considered one of the more conservative members of the Senate.

But Lankford's conservative credentials falter in light of his 2013 Club for Growth scorecard, where his 70% rating ranks him as only the 120th most conservative member of Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; oklahoma

1 posted on 04/09/2014 10:51:33 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

bump


2 posted on 04/09/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706
On Monday, Huckabee endorsed Congressman Jim Lankford (R-OK). In March, Palin endorsed Lankford's rival, T.W. Shannon, former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
On Wednesday of last week Tea Party favorite Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Shannon. Then on Friday, Dr. Ben Carson also endorsed Shannon. The Senate Conservatives Fund, which is backing a host of Tea Party challengers around the country, is also backing Shannon over Lankford.

 

Lankford's response: "Oh sh!t. I'm screwed."

3 posted on 04/09/2014 10:54:10 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: cotton1706

Mark Levin also endorsed Shannon. A Black Conservative in the Senate would drive the Liberals bat $hit crazy.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 11:01:52 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: cotton1706

Huckabee exists at the pleasure of the establishment. His job is to peel off social conservatives to split the conservative vote thereby increasing the chances of an establishment plurality victory.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 11:02:28 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: FatherofFive

You’re right on that.
A Clarence Thomas type in the Senate would be a lot of fun.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 11:03:21 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

“Huckabee exists at the pleasure of the establishment. His job is to peel off social conservatives to split the conservative vote thereby increasing the chances of an establishment plurality victory.”

You’ve got it exactly right! He’s a McConnell stand-in. He tried the same thing in NC by endorsing some preacher, so Brannon would lose support. But it didn’t work. Brannon and Tillis are neck and neck and there WILL be a runoff with the two candidates.


7 posted on 04/09/2014 11:06:01 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
                                                                           TEA PARTY                                                                                                      grand OLD Establishment party

BRING IT ON!

8 posted on 04/09/2014 11:17:02 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: GeronL

This scenario seems just about what one should expect, given the mind sets of these two candidate endorsers.


9 posted on 04/09/2014 11:22:49 AM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: cotton1706

Hukabutt is an obese cornball third rate tv show host, who thinks he still wants to be a pres playa... Better practice that Mel Bay teach yourself guitar book Huk......


10 posted on 04/09/2014 11:26:52 AM PDT by zzwhale
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To: cotton1706

This happened with Todd Akin as well, with Michelle Bachmann and Huckabee supporting Akin, and Palin supporting someone else.


11 posted on 04/09/2014 11:57:27 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

“This happened with Todd Akin as well, with Michelle Bachmann and Huckabee supporting Akin, and Palin supporting someone else.”

Palin supported Sarah Steelman, and guaranteed if a woman had been the nominee, there would have been no rape question that led to the MO seat remaining democrat and the IN seat going democrat. These establishment types know exactly what they are doing. Defeat conservatives at all cost!


12 posted on 04/09/2014 12:04:35 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Lets see. Who’s judgement would I trust more? There is Tax Hike Mike on one side and the other Palin and Lee. Yah, real tough call there.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: nascarnation
A Clarence Thomas type in the Senate would be a lot of fun.

There is a 3rd candidate - Randy Brogdon. He is really the most conservative. The guys on the Tulsa morning talk radio show - Pat Campbell - are all in for Brogdon. The are blind to the fact that an 89% Black conservative is better than 93% white conservative.

14 posted on 04/09/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

I will vote for Brogdon,


15 posted on 04/09/2014 12:41:43 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Okieshooter
I will vote for Brogdon

Lets look at the big picture - Another White Conservative in the Senate, or a Black Conservative from Oklahoma in the Senate.

Clarence Thomas drives the liberals crazy. So would TW Shannon.

16 posted on 04/09/2014 12:52:03 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: cotton1706; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; FatherofFive

Lankford isn’t that bad, they say Tom Cole is mentor and that’s not great but I’m sure he’d be ok.

But Shannon is more conservative, and yes his being Black is helpful, adding a second Black conservative to the Senate will drive them insane, they only have 1, Booker.

Palin made the correct choice. Duckabee is moron who’s endorsement I wouldn’t want.

Oklahoma has primary runoffs so we don’t have to worry about Brogdon throwing the election to Lankford.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 12:59:14 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: FatherofFive
...would drive the Liberals bat $hit crazy.

For most liberals that would be a short drive.

18 posted on 04/09/2014 1:02:36 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: cotton1706

Time to go donate to Shannon!


19 posted on 04/09/2014 1:03:11 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Impy; cotton1706; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; FatherofFive

Shannon is more conservative than Lankford, and has the record (as state representative and Speaker) to prove it. And a Senator Shannon would drive liberals doubly crazy, since he’s half black and half American Indian, which are the two most heavily Democrat racial groups in America.

Huckabee endorsed Lankford because (i) Lankford and Huckabee are both establishment types and (ii) Lankford is really close to the state’s Baptist leadership, and Huckabee wants to stay on their good side. But Shannon also is a very active Baptist with strong ties to the church. That run-off should be a hoot.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 1:16:11 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; cotton1706; ConservativeMan55; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; ...

Impy has it right. Lankford is acceptable but Shannon is better and since the primary winner will be the general election winner, we can go for the most conservative choice without any worry.

Something like this is happening in Nebraska, as well. I would be satisfied with either Shane Osborne or Ben Sasse and am personally undecided on that one. I don’t like some of the attacks on Osborne.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: cotton1706

I saw Shannon in an interview on one of the FoxNews prime time programs about a month ago.

He was very impressive and clearly Conservative in his views. Like Sen. Scott, it doesn’t hurt at all that he’s a conservative black.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT by octex
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To: cotton1706

Read who the 3 are endorsing Shannon and then remember that the Hay-seed Huckster is endorsing Lankford. What does that tell us about Mike Huckabee folks.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 7:04:36 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; cotton1706; ConservativeMan55; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; ...

The race has gotten it’s first democrat entry. State Senator Constance Johnson.

She made the news last year. She must be her state’s Wendy Davis.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/09/spilled-semen-amendment-oklahoma-personhood-bill

Sounds like she’ll be running on a “kill the babies” platform, in Oklahoma!


24 posted on 04/10/2014 2:09:15 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Yeah.

TW is the REAL DEAL! I know him personally and he is a wonderful, Conservative, God fearing man.

If you want Ted Cruz to have an ally in the Senate.. go vote for TW. This man won’t go into Washington DC to “get along” he’ll go into Washington DC with a wrecking ball.

During TW’s time as Speaker in Oklahoma they passed some of the MOST Conservative legislation in Oklahoma history. Included but not limited to

1) Ran the illegals out of the state with a law TOUGHER than the AZ law.

2) DEFUNDED the Arts. Bahahaha!

3) They term limited the hell out of state and county officials. So.. rats like this Constance Johnson may get a few state positions.. but she’s TERM limited! So she can’t be in office long enough to gain any prominence. This will ensure GOP control in Oklahoma for a long time.

4) They cut spending

5) They voted to have ‘nothing’ to do with Obamacare

There are more those are just ones I can think of right now....


25 posted on 04/10/2014 2:35:26 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Impy

That happened 2 years, my mistake.


26 posted on 04/10/2014 2:41:37 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; cotton1706; GeronL; Responsibility2nd; FatherofFive; Buckeye Battle Cry; nascarnation; ...

Lankford is TERRIBLE

Congressman Lankford’s record includes:
Voted to raise the debt limit three times. (2013 RCV #30, 2011 RCV #677, 2011 RCV #690)

Voted to fund Obamacare four times. (2013 RCV #640, 2011 RCV #941, 2011 RCV #719, 2011 RCV #179)

Voted for the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that increased spending, raised taxes, and cut benefits to military retirees. (2013 RCV #640)

Voiced support for amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as a path to citizenship. (AP, 7/10/13)

Voted to allow the National Security Agency (NSA) to continue its bulk collection of phone record data. (2013 RCV #412)

Voted against strengthening the work requirements in the food stamp program for individuals receiving benefits. (2013 RCV #283)

Voted to allow farmers making over $250,000 a year to continue to receive crop insurance subsidies. (2013 RCV #276, 2011 RCV #455)

Voted to protect programs like the Legal Services Corporation (2012 RCV#219) and the Economic Development Agency. (2012 RCV #207)

http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/post/2436/scf-wont-support-lankford-in-oklahoma


27 posted on 04/10/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Impy; cotton1706; GeronL; Responsibility2nd; FatherofFive; Buckeye Battle Cry; nascarnation; ...

Yeah.

TW is the REAL DEAL! I know him personally and he is a wonderful, Conservative, God fearing man.

If you want Ted Cruz to have an ally in the Senate.. go vote for TW. This man won’t go into Washington DC to “get along” he’ll go into Washington DC with a wrecking ball.

During TW’s time as Speaker in Oklahoma they passed some of the MOST Conservative legislation in Oklahoma history. Included but not limited to

1) Ran the illegals out of the state with a law TOUGHER than the AZ law.

2) DEFUNDED the Arts. Bahahaha!

3) They term limited the hell out of state and county officials. So.. rats like this Constance Johnson may get a few state positions.. but she’s TERM limited! So she can’t be in office long enough to gain any prominence. This will ensure GOP control in Oklahoma for a long time.

4) They cut spending

5) They voted to have ‘nothing’ to do with Obamacare

There are more those are just ones I can think of right now....


28 posted on 04/10/2014 2:43:07 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

I’m glad I’m supporting Shannon. There will likely be a runoff.


29 posted on 04/10/2014 4:23:56 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yep!! Me too!

Supporting him big time!!


30 posted on 04/10/2014 5:14:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: FatherofFive

” The are blind to the fact that an 89% Black conservative is better than 93% white conservative. “

Affirmative action for conservatism? No, thanks. You can keep that less-of-a-conservative to yourself. No racial quota when it comes to freedom.


31 posted on 04/12/2014 4:21:54 PM PDT by sagar
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