U.S. Rep. James Lankford’s latest ad in his U.S. Senate campaign features comments from Sen. Tom Coburn praising Lankford and criticizing the negative ads being run against Lankford.
The ad shows pictures of Coburn, R-Muskogee, and quotes from an interview last week with The Oklahoman and from a written statement released by Coburn.
Coburn said last week he was sickened by ads being run by outside groups against Lankford. He called the ads deceitful and said Lankford was a man of integrity.
Coburn, a conservative icon who is stepping down at the end of this congressional session, has not endorsed a candidate in the race to replace him. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, are the frontrunners in the GOP primary on June 24. The Republican nominee is expected to win the general election easily in November.
One of the groups criticized by Coburn _ Oklahomans for a Conservative Future _ reported to the Federal Election Commission that it spent another $157,000 this week on direct mail, mobile advertising and television advertising.
That group, which does not disclose its donors, has now reported spending $1.2 million.
Coburn released a statement Tuesday night criticizing a recent ad by a pro-Lankford group, Foundation for Economic Prosperity, which has also not disclosed all of its donors or all of its spending in the race.
In his statement, Coburn said, “When the U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma began, I made a private commitment to James Lankford and T.W. Shannon that I would call out any ads I saw as untruthful.
“Last week I spoke out against political advertisements in Oklahoma unfairly and inaccurately attacking James Lankford. To be fair, I must also comment on the equally disappointing negative advertisements airing in the state by the Foundation for Economic Prosperity, Inc. attacking T.W. Shannon. They are wrong and should be rejected by Oklahomans.
“The negative on-air advertisements and untruthful mail pieces against both Lankford and Shannon should stop. This race should be about the urgent threats to our future well-being, not the political goals of outside interest groups.”