A candidate for Oklahoma governor who once said the state needed a militia to protect itself from the federal government has dissolved a corporation set up to support his campaign.
Randy Brogdon did not return calls for comment Wednesday.
Ashley Jackson with the Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that “Randy Brogdon for Governor 2014 Inc.” had been dissolved less than two months after being set up.
And according to records filed Tuesday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, Brogdon zeroed out his gubernatorial account. The report also shows Brogdon returned nearly $3,000 on Monday to donors to his governor's campaign.
Brogdon's website Tuesday included references to the gubernatorial race, but the same site Wednesday included none. On a contact page, the site directed correspondence to a Tulsa address listed as “Brogdon for U.S. Senate,” although the address for his Senate campaign appeared to be only a mail drop, not a physical office.
Oklahoma will have two U.S. Senate elections this year — a special election for the final two years of Tom Coburn's term and a six-year term for the seat currently held by Sen. Jim Inhofe. Two high-profile Republicans are already vying for Coburn's seat — former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon and U.S. Rep. James Lankford.
Brogdon, 60, is a former Republican state senator who rode a wave of tea party support in 2010 to nearly 39 percent of the vote in the GOP primary against Fallin and two less-known challengers.
The owner of a heating and air conditioning company who consistently railed against the size of government during his gubernatorial campaign, Brogdon boosted his government retirement benefits after the election by taking a $99,000-a-year state job at the Oklahoma Department of Insurance. He was among several ex-legislators hired by GOP Insurance Commissioner John Doak, who was part of a Republican sweep of statewide offices on the ballot in 2010.
In an AP interview in 2010, Brogdon said he supported the creation of a state militia to protect Oklahoma against an overreaching federal government. After a backlash, Brogdon retreated from that position and suggested he was referring to a National Guard-type unit to aid the state during civil emergencies.