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Sheriff of Rogers County switches to Republican Party

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The well went Dry

Bartlesville, OK

#21 Sep 9, 2011
I think wrote:
i think you mean 2004. Hal Brasier, Leonard McMillan, Jerry Prather, and Les Wilmot ran as Democrats while Ken McCreary and Sammy Weygand ran as Republicans with Jerry Prather and Sammy Weygand going head to head in the General.
2008 saw Suedo Republicans Barry Lamb and Robert Mallory trying to usurp votes away from Butler in the Primary while Walton backed by Prather sat in the rockin chair till the General. Learning from his mistake in a narrow win, Walton has decided he can't win as a dem so he jumped ship. Now I don't know about you but to me his faith in the party that put him in office ain't much!
I do believe that Scott Walton can say that the well went dry! He did nothing in the 2008 election other than ride coat tails of powerful Democrats that financially backed him through the process. Now he has slammed the door in their faces, unless they too are willing to go change parties to continue and back him in the 2012 election. The old saying of "Desparate people do desparate things" rings very true in this situation. Walton has struggled throughout his short tenure at the RCSO and has burned so many bridges he cannot remember them all. So he just erases the blackboard and started over. What a juvenile manner to operate in such a very important and critical job!
ok so

Sand Springs, OK

#22 Sep 9, 2011
so what happened to all these people? where did they go that none is running again? anyone out there know?
Huh

United States

#23 Sep 10, 2011
ok so wrote:
so what happened to all these people? where did they go that none is running again? anyone out there know?
What are you talking about?
It is a Game to Him

United States

#24 Sep 10, 2011
Prior to the 2008 sheriff's election,Scott Walton changed parties from Republican to Democrat. Why? Did his political values change or was it because he was being hand-picked by outgoing sheriff Jerry Prather to replace him? We all know the answer to that question. The Democratic party financed his campaign, to the tune of over $90,000, and he received numerous endorsements from many Democrats very powerful in Rogers County. Now he again changes parties, but this time from Democrat back to Republican. Why? He says because he wants so affiliation with Obama, and because Rogers County now has a majority of Republicans. In a newspaper story about his change, Walton stated.....

"The decision does not signal a change in values or political views, he said."

“I don’t do a thing differently than I did a week ago when I was a Democrat,” he said.“I look at what Oklahoma values are and I think they’re conservative. Those are my values.”........

What are his political values? He obviously has no qualms about playing the game of party switching to get himself initially elected, and now in his attempt to be re-elected. How can someone claim to have any type of political values when he bounces back and forth merely because of party numbers in the county? Rogers County should wake up and figure out that Walton has only one thing on his mind.....His own paycheck which he will try to protect in any way he sees fit.
uh huh

Tulsa, OK

#25 Sep 10, 2011
Huh wrote:
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What are you talking about?
im talking about all those people wjho ran for sheriff before. where did they go? how come none of them is running again?
Filing Deadline

United States

#26 Sep 11, 2011
uh huh wrote:
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im talking about all those people wjho ran for sheriff before. where did they go? how come none of them is running again?
The deadline to file for the Rogers County sheriff race is April 20th, 2012......so there is alot of time left for candidates to announce their intention of running. Obviously the current sheriff is running for re-election (as a Republican). Although he has not officially announced, Cole Butler is also running (as a Republican). Butler has a website already ( www.colebutler4sheriff.com ) There is still lots of time for additional candidates to announce.
obvious

Tulsa, OK

#27 Sep 11, 2011
One thing looms very obvious! When a person changes parties 2-3 times in a short period of time depending on the political climate...that person only has his/her interests in mind!

The salted gold mine Walton presented to the Dems last time has been sold to them so often there is no one left to sell to! SOLUTION: Find new suckers!
Aiming at Owasso

United States

#28 Sep 11, 2011
I'll bet the good sheriff is going to aim his attention at the Owasso area, with it's many, many Republicans. I guess we will see if the good Republican County Commissioner Mike Helm supports this attempt or throws the flag and announces to his constituents that Walton is far from being a Republican and to not play his game. Looks like Mr. Helm might have to get off of his fence during this upcoming Republican primary...
doesnt matter

Tulsa, OK

#29 Sep 12, 2011
I,m sorry, but I dont really think it should matter whether the Sheriff is Republican or Democrat. I mean come on, he doesnt make laws, he's not a governor, or president, he's the sheriff of a small county. I can't believe people would base their opinion on whether the guy is republican or democrat in a sheriffs race. People need to look at the person and not their political affiliation. Whether that be Scott Walton or whoever.
Agree

United States

#30 Sep 12, 2011
doesnt matter wrote:
I,m sorry, but I dont really think it should matter whether the Sheriff is Republican or Democrat. I mean come on, he doesnt make laws, he's not a governor, or president, he's the sheriff of a small county. I can't believe people would base their opinion on whether the guy is republican or democrat in a sheriffs race. People need to look at the person and not their political affiliation. Whether that be Scott Walton or whoever.
I absolutely agree....the sheriff and district attorney's elections should be non-partisan elections....but... The issue in this upcoming sheriff's election is not whether a candidate is Republican or Democrat, it's about commitment to values and morals that the candidate is dedicated to. If a candidate is Republican, then suddenly changes to Democrat, accepting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions, then suddenly again changes back, because he does not want affiliation with the president, then you would wonder exactly where this candidate stands when it comes to being committed to anything. What it appears he is committed to is getting elected, then re-elected, in any manner that he can. I would think that the voters would want a consistent and rock solid person, when it comes to dedication and commitment, to serve as their sheriff. The current sheriff says he wants to be re-elected based on his job performance and nothing else. If that is true, why is he changing parties?
Transparency

United States

#31 Sep 12, 2011
If Scott Walton is wanting to be re-elected based on his ability to do his job, then why does his office have absolutely no transparency? No one has any idea how the RCSO does in battling crime because there is no statistics put out, or information of any kind put out, by anyone on the RCSO. All we get is Walton's face on Channel 6 and on gold and silver pawn commercials. What are you waiting on sheriff? Or are we just suppose to take your word for it that you are doing a good job?
Prather and Walton

Tulsa, OK

#32 Sep 13, 2011
Seems that many, many years ago, when Jerry Prather was running for re-election, he said some pretty nasty things about one of his opponents who had switched parties to run for sheriff. Seems Prather said something along the lines that you couldn't trust someone that switched parties like that. Now wasn't it Prather that endorsed Scott Walton for sheriff? And was it not Walton that just switched his party affiliation? Hmmmm......that kinda makes you think a bit doesn't it??
it will be interesting

United States

#33 Sep 14, 2011
Well walton just doesn't know what to do he can't think straight nor keep good law enforcement officers. So what will this idiot do now
TV Star

United States

#34 Sep 15, 2011
it will be interesting wrote:
Well walton just doesn't know what to do he can't think straight nor keep good law enforcement officers. So what will this idiot do now
He could be a tv star and sell gold commercials.....in someone else's uniform though!!

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