U.S. Senate candidate Matt Silverstein said it’s time for Oklahoma to have fresh leadership in the U.S. Senate. The Bixby Democrat has never run for political office until now.
“We need people who are going to be transparent,” Silverstein said. “We need people who are going to stop wasting our money on bad investments and get rid of the pork barrel spending.”
People are more important than powerful special interest groups, he said.
Only Silverstein and incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe have announced their U.S. Senate bids for Inhofe’s seat. Candidates may file for state and national elections between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 9-11.
Silverstein and his wife, Erica, have a 2-year-old daughter and, they are expecting their second daughter’s birth in May.
“It’s a very exciting time for me,” said Silverstein, who will turn 34 in October.
After graduating from Jenks High School, Silverstein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Michigan. He then returned to Oklahoma to open his business in insurance and the financial services industry.
Silverstein’s approach to investing has gained national recognition by LPL Financial, the largest independent financial adviser in the U.S.
“We need to get our fiscal house in order by cutting spending. We need someone who is independent and cooperative and will buck party bosses,” Silverstein said.
Inhofe has been on the taxpayers’ payroll since 1967, but says he supports term limits for politicians, Silverstein said. Inhofe has spent more taxpayer money than any politician in Oklahoma’s history, Silverstein continued.
Inhofe is entitled to his opinion about climate change, the challenger added.
“Hard work, entrepreneurialism and free markets are the pillars of Oklahoma and that’s why our energy industry has thrived,” Silverstein said. “The biggest problem that I have with Sen. Inhofe’s position on climate change is that he’s hurting Oklahoma’s opportunity to be a national leader in natural gas and renewable energy.”
Oklahoma is in a unique position to lead on new energy as well as older sources.
Inhofe has advocated for repealing funding of climate change and global warming related activities. Doing so would save $83 billion, Inhofe said. President Obama is using Environmental Protection Agency regulations to accomplish what the administration couldn’t with failure to pass cap-and-trade legislation, Inhofe has said.
Restricting all greenhouse gases in the United States would not reduce the C02 greenhouse gases worldwide, Inhofe told The Edmond Sun in 2011.
“I also think that a senator shouldn’t be writing for-profit books while he is in office,” Silverstein said. “Reaching scientific conclusions when he isn’t a scientist.” Silverstein is referring to Inhofe’s book “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” which was released in 2012.
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