Challenger Darrell Sorrels, 58, of Midwest City, is a former sheriff's department employee who now works for the U.S. Marshals Service as a contract security officer. Sorrels has vowed not to accept federal grants to help run the sheriff's office. He aligns himself with the ultraconservative John Birch Society. His campaign manager recently fed to the head of the Sooner Tea Party, another fringe outfit, information suggesting that a reserve deputy was a potential terrorist. Sorrels said he didn't know if the accusations were valid, but “If it's true, it's serious.” Really?
The challenger hopes to make this race primarily about party affiliation. Instead, it should be based on qualifications. By that measure, Whetsel is the obvious choice.