Who is your pick for U.S. Congress?

Who is your pick for U.S. Congress?

Created by msbobbie on Jun 16, 2012

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Dwayne Thompson

Dustin Rowe

Markwayne Mullin

Wayne Pettigrew

Dakota Wood

George Faught

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msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#1 Jun 16, 2012
All of these candidates have said they will work toward repealing ObamaCare, reducing the federal deficit, paying down the national debt, and getting rid of EPA regulations that hamper small business and recovery of our own energy resources.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#2 Jun 16, 2012
Dwayne Thompson; God bless him. His heart is in the right place and I agree with him on what he says is causing our nations troubles, but he does not have much of a message on anything else and we cannot legislate morality.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#3 Jun 16, 2012
Dustin Rowe is a small town lawyer, former aide to Wes Watkins and a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He does not supports States making and enforcing their own illegal immigration laws and does not support self imposed term limits.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#4 Jun 16, 2012
Markwayne Mullin is a successful businessman and has a popular radio show. I think it is about home repairs.

He has had some difficulty with the FEC on campaign contribution reporting and more recently suspected of violating Federal Firearms laws.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#5 Jun 16, 2012
Wayne Pettigrew graduated from high school in McAlester, went away to college, settled in Edmond. He started a business, married, raised a family and served Edmond in the State legislature for 10 years.

When Dan Boren announced he would not seek another term in Congress Pettigrew changed his voter registration to Pittsburg county and announced a campaign claiming to be the only candidate with true District two roots when he had been away nearly 30 years.

I agree with nearly all of Wayne's message on the issues but on a personal level he strikes me as a bit of a snob
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#6 Jun 16, 2012
The Wood family moved to Claremore in 1978. Dakota graduated from high school in 1981, entered the Naval Academy, joined the Marines and seems to have spent nearly all of his 20 year career in the Washington D.C. area.

He returned to Oklahoma just in time to establish residency and file for the seat being vacated by Dan Boren.

He also seems to be very anxious to go back to Washington and a lot of people seem anxious for him to return. The end of March FEC reports showed nearly half of his campaign contributions coming from that area.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#7 Jun 16, 2012
George Faught is my pick of the litter. His family moved to Muskogee before he was a year old. He has spent his entire life in the second district except those first few months.

He received his education here, married here, raised a family here, started a business here and represented House District 14 in the State legislature for 6 years.

He is approachable, involved in party politics and I believe the best prepared to represent us in the U.S. Congress, and win the 3-way General Election.
mreed918

Poteau, OK

#8 Jun 16, 2012
I am vacillating between Faught and Mullin. I like that Mr. Mullin recognizes the importane of term limits in ridding our government of the corruption that plagues our country. I have requested Mr. Faught's thoughts on that issue and have not heard anything from him or his campaign staff. So, right now, I am a Markwayne Mullin supporter.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#9 Jun 16, 2012
Representative Faught announced his term limits pledge almost a year ago (7 11 2011)

http://georgefaught.com/press-releases/archiv...

He has also pledged to support legislation for a Term Limits amendment to the Constitution.
wswyatt

Ashburn, GA

#10 Jun 17, 2012
After reading these comments, I tend to agree with msbobbie......and I believe that Gov. Mike Huckabee has endorsed Faught.......
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#11 Jun 17, 2012
On April 19th Governor Huckabee became George's 50th notable endorser.

He is grateful for and humbled by all of them
Anonymous

Edmond, OK

#12 Jun 18, 2012
I am not a huge fan of Faught. He tried to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, he frequently changes his votes (votes against his own bills, once tried to debate his own bill). Mainly, though, I would be concerned with how dedicated he is to the people as opposed to his political aspirations... I would consider George Faught part of Republican leadership over the past six years and what has he done? Where is our personhood amendment? Where is the elimination of state income tax? If he doesn't have the courage or political wherewithal to stand up to the state chamber in OKC, how is he going to stand up to special interest in Washington, D.C.? Do your homework!
mreed918

Poteau, OK

#13 Jun 18, 2012
rperkins wrote:
I am not a huge fan of Faught. He tried to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, he frequently changes his votes (votes against his own bills, once tried to debate his own bill). Mainly, though, I would be concerned with how dedicated he is to the people as opposed to his political aspirations... I would consider George Faught part of Republican leadership over the past six years and what has he done? Where is our personhood amendment? Where is the elimination of state income tax? If he doesn't have the courage or political wherewithal to stand up to the state chamber in OKC, how is he going to stand up to special interest in Washington, D.C.? Do your homework!
I tend to agree with you, R Perkins. The republican controlled legislature in Oklahoma was a big disappointment. I would be hard pressed to support any current state legislator for ANY office.
mayoj

Claremore, OK

#14 Jun 18, 2012
Not a Mullin or Faught fan. I think Faught lacks backbone and Mullin lacks maturity and integrity. Pettigrew is a grown-up, bad hair though. Wood is a grown-up, no hair. Rowe and Thompson don't stand a chance.

Dakota Wood is my top pick, would like to see him run-off with Pettigrew.

Wood supports Fair Tax. The others are scared to talk about it. Enough said.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#15 Jun 18, 2012
rperkins wrote:
I am not a huge fan of Faught. He tried to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, he frequently changes his votes (votes against his own bills, once tried to debate his own bill). Mainly, though, I would be concerned with how dedicated he is to the people as opposed to his political aspirations... I would consider George Faught part of Republican leadership over the past six years and what has he done? Where is our personhood amendment? Where is the elimination of state income tax? If he doesn't have the courage or political wherewithal to stand up to the state chamber in OKC, how is he going to stand up to special interest in Washington, D.C.? Do your homework!
I think you are wrong on George trying to grant amnesty. He was co author of the original HB1804 and has continued to work for legislation to control illegal immigration.

George introduced the person hood bill and lost his temper to the point of losing a couple of endorsements the last few days of the session because the committee did not move the bill. He is not on that committee.

He is one of 101 Representatives in the State House and not in much of a leadership position to stand up against anyone. That was Kris Steele's job. Kris Steele is terming out and looking for a post legislative career. msmary is the one bellying up with the State Chamber.

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#16 Jun 18, 2012
I'm a basic southern baptist conservative. Religious issues aren't the only issues I value, but I expect to defend the faith with every vote I cast. Its my litmus test before any other issues matter.

I think all of them will defend Christian values. So we move on to other things.

Taxes are my next biggest issue. I don't believe in a progressive income tax like we have...neither did our founding fathers. I don't believe in inheritance tax, even though it won't affect me one iota. To me the Fair Tax is the only fair tax.
I have heard Dakota Wood talk about the Fair Tax at length, the others barely give it lip service, not wanting to commit, and not wanting to alienate the Fair Tax brigade.

I believe in mandatory term limits for Congress, but I think self-imposed term limits are hogwash...all they do is make sure we have junior members of every committee and never develop any leadership capacity. I think 6 years is too short to learn the process of getting things done, unless everyone has only six years.

I want someone that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will take their cues from, not the other way around.'Smart' is important.'Tough' is important. Maturity is important. I vote Wood, if he doesn't may it to the run-off I vote Pettigrew. If he doesn't make it, I flip a coin.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#17 Jun 18, 2012
mayoj wrote:
Not a Mullin or Faught fan. I think Faught lacks backbone and Mullin lacks maturity and integrity. Pettigrew is a grown-up, bad hair though. Wood is a grown-up, no hair. Rowe and Thompson don't stand a chance.
Dakota Wood is my top pick, would like to see him run-off with Pettigrew.
Wood supports Fair Tax. The others are scared to talk about it. Enough said.
Wood and Pettigrew are both pretty full of themselves; too snobbish to win the 3 way General Election race. I don't think either will be in a run off.

All of the candidates support some sort of tax reform. Mike Huckabee has endorsed George and 4 years ago Eastern Oklahoma voted for Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination for President because Huck supported the FairTax.

George is certainly NOT scared to talk about FairTax:

On taxes, Faught said he could support either a fair or a flat tax. He likes the idea of the fair tax as it is a consumption tax. He believes there is enough momentum to get something going on changing the tax code. The fair tax would replace the income tax and become a national sales tax.

http://pryordailytimes.com/local/x514654011/F...

Which ever of these candidates is nominated and (hopefully) elected they will be a junior member of the House with no clout.
msbobbie

Heavener, OK

#18 Jun 18, 2012
JakeHyde wrote:
I'm a basic southern baptist conservative. Religious issues aren't the only issues I value, but I expect to defend the faith with every vote I cast. Its my litmus test before any other issues matter.
I think all of them will defend Christian values. So we move on to other things.
Taxes are my next biggest issue. I don't believe in a progressive income tax like we have...neither did our founding fathers. I don't believe in inheritance tax, even though it won't affect me one iota. To me the Fair Tax is the only fair tax.
I have heard Dakota Wood talk about the Fair Tax at length, the others barely give it lip service, not wanting to commit, and not wanting to alienate the Fair Tax brigade.
I believe in mandatory term limits for Congress, but I think self-imposed term limits are hogwash...all they do is make sure we have junior members of every committee and never develop any leadership capacity. I think 6 years is too short to learn the process of getting things done, unless everyone has only six years.
I want someone that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will take their cues from, not the other way around.'Smart' is important.'Tough' is important. Maturity is important. I vote Wood, if he doesn't may it to the run-off I vote Pettigrew. If he doesn't make it, I flip a coin.
Dakota Wood talks at length about everything. Ask him a question and by the time he finishes talking I forget what the question was.
Complex

Claremore, OK

#19 Jun 18, 2012
msbobbie wrote:
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Dakota Wood talks at length about everything. Ask him a question and by the time he finishes talking I forget what the question was.
Congress deals with complex subjects. Its not all about "regalation" as Mullin puts it. Sometimes you have to know the differences between the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds. Sometimes you have to know how the international monetary fund works, and sometimes you need to understand puts and calls and options. Intellect is a not a bad thing, in fact its a must. The carpet guy dresses nice and the plumber has lots of money, but they will need expensive advisers to just keep from getting embarrassed on the news shows, much less to know how to vote.
bredred

Durant, OK

#20 Jun 18, 2012
Complex wrote:
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Congress deals with complex subjects. Its not all about "regalation" as Mullin puts it. Sometimes you have to know the differences between the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds. Sometimes you have to know how the international monetary fund works, and sometimes you need to understand puts and calls and options. Intellect is a not a bad thing, in fact its a must. The carpet guy dresses nice and the plumber has lots of money, but they will need expensive advisers to just keep from getting embarrassed on the news shows, much less to know how to vote.
I concur. If better carpet cleaning legislation is your thing, then there's one for that. If someone who specializes in hot water heater legislation, or finding loopholes for campaign donations is your thing, then it looks like we have one of those too.

The Middle East, The Far East, the economy, health care, Medicare, and Social Security, are all complex issues. I prefer a problem solver, not problem maker.

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