Senator Andrew Rice
Democratic Floor Leader
Senate District 46
For Immediate Release: July 27, 2011
Sen. Andrew Rice
"Too Little, Too Late" for Gov. Fallin to Revise Her Political
The Congresswoman Proudly Waved "Don't Tread on Me"
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Statement by Senate Democratic Leader Andrew
"Now that Gov. Fallin's job is to responsibly run state government,
she has belatedly chosen to comment on the gridlock and anti-government
extremism in Washington that she herself proudly helped stoke and
solidify over several years as a Congresswoman from Oklahoma's 5th
It'd odd to see the remarks and concerns by Governor Fallin about
the debt ceiling dispute in today's OKLAHOMAN. It was just 18 months
ago that then Congresswoman Fallin was proudly waving a yellow "Don't
Tread on Me" flag in the balcony of the U.S. House chamber
alongside anti-government extremists.
The simplistic, anti-government ideology that Governor Fallin happily
supported as a Congresswoman is now a threat to the economic stability
she is worried about here in Oklahoma if the federal government
defaults on its debt. Gov. Fallin helped created this "frankenstein"
among the far right in Congress, and her concerns now from afar
are "too little, too late."
It seems Gov. Fallin is trying to have it both ways. She pandered
to the Tea Party for support in her campaign against Randy Brogdon
in the Republican primary for Governor in 2010, but now is seemingly
going against the tea party stance of "no compromise"
on the debt ceiling. Do Oklahomans really think Fallin would be
raising these concerns if she were still representing the 5th district
in Congress? Who does the Governor stand with: those willing to
compromise or the Tea Party?
A good start would be for the Governor to take personal responsibility
for her own support of the identical gridlock and red-meat pandering
she engaged in during her years in Washington DC, and then earnestly
call out Oklahoma's GOP congressional delegation to quit putting
the nation's economy at risk with their inflexibility and eagerness
to satisfy a small political fringe."
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Sen. Rice: (405) 521-5610