WASHINGTON — Randy Brogdon, an Owasso Republican who quietly announced in December that he was running for governor, quietly announced Monday he had shifted to the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
Brogdon, a former state senator who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010, put a statement on his Facebook and Web pages saying he was running for the U.S. Senate because both parties had created “a full-fledged spending crisis.”
“It’s not enough to elect people who say the right thing on the campaign trail,” Brogdon said in a statement. “It’s time to elect people with the courage to stand up and fight alongside leaders like Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. I pledge to the people of Oklahoma that I will always be a fighter for them. Whether it’s the fight to defund Obamacare or the fight to stop the cycle of debt limit increases, I will not kowtow to President Obama or even the Republican establishment. I will always put Oklahoma taxpayers first.”
In his statement, Brogdon aligned himself with groups that are funding challengers to sitting Republican lawmakers for not being conservative enough; he criticized Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and said he should resign.
Brogdon likely will need financial help from groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund — which is trying to beat McConnell in his primary this year — and Club for Growth to compete with U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and state House Rep. T.W. Shannon, of Lawton. Those groups already have said they would not back Lankford, and they haven’t endorsed Shannon.
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