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Rice says he'll run for Senate seat again

Julie Bisbee Published: September 9, 2009

Sen. Andrew Rice sent a letter to supporters Wednesday saying he plans to seek another term in Senate District 46. Rice was elected to represent the central Oklahoma City district in 2006. In 2008, Rice unsuccessfully sought to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s seat.

In his letter to supporters, Rice the budget shortfall will continue to be an issue for lawmakers and “The new Republican leadership in the Oklahoma legislature has shown little interest in good public policy and instead has stayed focused on their long-standing partisan agendas that further marginalize everyday Oklahomans and divide our communities.”

Rice hasn’t been shy in his criticism on the new Republican leadership and true to form he’s dusting that rhetoric off for the campaign season. Rice urges supporters to help him out and warns that with the palpable backlash against President Obama could mean that Republicans will go after Rice’s seat with a vengeance…”Given the poor approval ratings that President Obama has in Oklahoma, the GOP leadership and their operatives are extremely overconfident about their chances of picking up many legislative seats all over the state in 2010. They will surely come after my seat as well.”

Let the games begin.  

– Julie Bisbee, Capitol Bureau