Lloyd Fields Ain't Got The Oklahoman's Support
Editorial/The Oklahoman ~ The date was Nov. 7, 2006. Three-term incumbent Republican Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau lost to Democrat Lloyd L. Fields by a margin of just 0.3 percent. It was Fields' second try for the office.
On Nov. 2, 2010, Fields will face voters a third time. We hope they'll make him a date with the unemployment office.
Fields is a prototype of the Little Dixie Democrat from, say, the 1930s. But this is 2010. And here are some other dates to remember about Fields:
On Feb. 16, 2008, the commissioner was transported to Oklahoma City's drunk tank after a party during which he "borrowed" a guitar in the possession of a professional bull rider.
On July 3, 2009, The Oklahoman reported that taxpayers shelled out $200,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that Fields retaliated against an employee who had backed Reneau.
On July 22, 2010, The Oklahoman reported that Fields stormed into a state employee union's offices and tore up a candidate survey form he had filled out, in apparent anger over the union's contribution to a Republican challenger.
On Oct. 6, 2010, the newspaper reported that campaign signs for Democratic candidates are displayed on the walls of an office building leased for the Labor Department's headquarters.
Fields said he didn't hang the signs and "I'm not going to tell nobody what to do. It ain't my job."
We feel it is our job to tell voters that giving Fields more taxpayer-funded dates with destiny ain't a good idea.