The Edmond Sun

Opinion

June 21, 2014

Lankford, Douglas should head to D.C.

EDMOND — Oklahomans have some tough choices to make Tuesday when they head to the polls for statewide primary elections.

The most high-profile race has been the one to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Tom Coburn, who has chosen to retire.

As we look back at Sen. Coburn’s distinguished record of service to the state, some key qualities leap to mind. Coburn is always, and above all else, a man of integrity. We know he keeps his word. The senator has become a champion of lessening government bloat and frequently highlights the improbable spending approved by Congress. He has shown the way in multiple areas where the nation could lower its spending excesses. Coburn also has always maintained his stance as a citizen legislator — someone who serves with distinction but who knows when it’s time to give someone else a turn. And perhaps most important in the current political climate in Washington, D.C., Coburn has shown he can rise above strictly party politics and try to find real solutions to the nation’s problems.

All of these qualities are just as important to retain in the U.S. Senate by the next person Oklahomans send to continue Coburn’s legacy.

We can think of no person more highly qualified to serve in Coburn’s seat than U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond.

Lankford emerged four years ago as an unknown component in the race for the 5th District congressional seat. But he quickly established himself as a capable leader who could quickly grasp the issues of the day and worked toward sensible solutions that benefit the nation. We believe he will take these same qualities and his four years of experience working with the federal budget and other key issues and be just as effective in the U.S. Senate. He’s following in the tradition of both Sen. Coburn and Sen. James Inhofe, who also both served in the U.S. House first before seeking terms in the Senate.

One of the most potent problems in Washington, D.C., is the absolute polarization of our body politic. The nation as a whole desperately needs to send more leaders to serve who know how to achieve consensus on the issues without alienating every other member of Congress. We believe Lankford is uniquely qualified to stand for his beliefs while still working toward a sensible consensus to get our nation moving forward again.

Rep. Lankford has proven himself to be an excellent communicator and listener. He has the ability to take complex federal issues and relate them to the everyday lives of Oklahomans. He lives in Oklahoma and travels to his job in Washington and not the other way around.

For all of these reasons and more, we urge Edmond Republicans to continue supporting James Lankford in this new endeavor.

Continuing the high level of service that Lankford has provided the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives is of paramount concern to Edmond residents. This is why we are endorsing Patrice Douglas in the GOP primary race for Lankford’s open seat.

Douglas herself has pointed out the unique experience she possesses that would inform her while in Congress. She’s an attorney, she helped run her father’s local sheet metal business before embarking upon a career in banking. Douglas is a former mayor of Edmond and an incumbent Corporation Commissioner. All of those areas — business, banking, municipal government and state government — are touched by federal regulation. She has the experience and the roots as an Oklahoman to know when legislation will not work for our state. She has the experience in government to know how to build consensus to make legislation better for Oklahomans. And, just like Lankford, she’s a great listener. She will take the time to listen to the needs of the entire 5th District and do her best to make sensible policy decisions.

We’ve watched Douglas come out of the gate at the first of the year making her intentions very clear how she will serve in Congress. She quickly organized an effective campaign that has stayed above the muck and mudslinging seen in almost every statewide race this season. We believe she can keep that positive momentum going in an effort to clean up the mess of inaction currently happening in Washington, D.C.

We urge Edmond Republicans to vote for Patrice Douglas for Congress on Tuesday.

 

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The runoff race for the 5th District congressional seat is set for Aug. 26. If the voting were today, which candidate would you support?

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