For Immediate Release: May 16, 2012
Sen. Sean Burrage
Sen. Burrage blasts Rules Committee for refusing to hear Roth
Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, released the following
statement Wednesday after the Senate Rules Committee refused to
consider Gov. Mary Fallin’s nomination of former State Corporation
Commissioner Jim Roth to serve on the State Election Board.
“Today the people of Oklahoma have been done
a tremendous disservice. A dedicated, intelligent and proven public
servant was denied the courtesy of an up or down vote on his nomination
by our Governor to serve on the State Election Board. The reason
given was that he was too partisan. It seems unbelievable that
anyone would have the nerve to say that when at the very same
meeting a current Vice Chairman of the 1st District of the Republican
Party was given approval.
“Our statutes allow for members of the Election
Board to be registered and even active in a political party. I
find it hard to believe his political registration is the issue
here. The fact is the Governor was able to look at the man’s
experience and qualifications and make her decision based on that.
It is a shame and Oklahoma’s loss that the Senate Rules
Committee would not do the same.”