Sunday, August 22, 2010

Edmond Sun: Lankford Best Fit For GOP

Editorial In The Edmond Sun ~ Edmond Republican voters will join their fellow 5th District residents in Oklahoma, Pottowatomie and Seminole counties on Tuesday to finalize who will be the GOP nominee for Rep. Mary Fallin’s open congressional seat.

In the initial group of seven Republican candidates, there were four that had varying strengths and rose to the top of this Editorial Board’s radar. Out of those four, James Lankford and Kevin Calvey remain in contention for Tuesday’s balloting.

In evaluating the two remaining candidates, there is a clear winner in our minds as to who will be the true conservative standardbearer in the race toward the Nov. 2 general election.

If voters are looking for someone who can intelligently speak about most federal issues, a candidate who is willing to defend state rights, a person who is interested in reforming the nation’s Byzantine tax code and someone who will examine the issues from a constitutional perspective, then they need look no further than Lankford. He has since earned the endorsement of four of his previous GOP opponents — Harry Johnson, Rick Flanigan, Mike Thompson and Shane Jett.

The Deer Creek resident is making his first run at political office, but he has surprised most in the Republican establishment by his tenacity, his acumen, his ability to fundraise and more importantly, a now proven ability to win the race. None of the top polls prior to the July 27 primary election showed Lankford as the top GOP candidate. Few in the district knew much about Lankford. Through savvy social media networking and good old-fashioned campaigning, he came from behind to beat not only the early frontrunner, but also Calvey in the primary race.

The margin between Lankford and Calvey was quite tight July 27. But as the debate has continued as to who will be the best-positioned candidate for Republicans, we believe Lankford has proven in the past couple of weeks that he has the integrity, strength of character and a true interest in voter needs and interests to be the best nominee.

Please go to the polls Tuesday and cast a ballot representing your conscience.

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