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Wednesday, May 18, 2022


What Bipartisanship?


Editor’s Note: Former Democratic candidate Billy Coyle is appearing alongside GOP state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello in TV ads endorsing Republican Steve Russell’s 5th Congressional District candidacy. Russell is locked in a fierce battle with Democrat Al McAffrey in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. James Lankford.


I don’t think I have met Billy Coyle and he may be bipartisan, a Blue Dog or just a DINO [Democrat In Name Only], but I have observed not one ounce of bipartisanship in Steve Russell on any issue.

He has promised to do exactly what the rest of the Oklahoma delegation does which is stick to the GOP line like industrial strength super-glue.

If you can find proof that Steve Russell has exhibited bi-partisanship even one time, I would like to see it. He is anti-women’s choice, he is anti-gay rights, he is anti-raising the minimum wage and, unless you are talking about his gun shop, what jobs has the “job-creator” created?

On top of that, he has promised to get rid of the Affordable Care Act and he was in favor of denying you the choice to have it and he is not in favor of expanding Medicaid.

Now, if Billy Coyle would like to fill us in on when, if ever, Steve Russell bucked the party line, I would like to hear it.

This year it is really easy for me – Ronald Reagan was bad enough, but George W. Bush was worse and the anti-Obama-on-every-issue-bunch in DC and Oklahoma have turned me into a Yellow Dog Democrat.

If anyone admits to being an actual Republican, it is enough to make me vote for not only a yellow dog, but also a rabid wolverine.

Vote straight Democrat this time.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is an occasional contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.