Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Democrat Rob Wallace Enters 2nd District Race

Former district attorney and assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace, a Democrat, today announced he would enter the race for Congress in the open 2nd District seat currently held by Congressman Dan Boren.

“Now more than ever we need leaders in Congress with a single-minded focus on jobs,” Wallace said. “We have to be creating jobs, retaining jobs and to help Oklahoma working people and small businesses survive and thrive in this economy. I will do everything in my power to help Oklahoma’s economy.”

Wallace mentioned his experience as a prosecutor. He cleaned up the Latimer and LeFlore County District Attorney’s Office after the office was rocked by a scandal. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney he was twice cleared by the FBI and Department of Justice for a “Top Secret” clearance. Wallace has successfully prosecuted meth, murder, and child sex offender cases.

“A good prosecutor lives in the world of what’s right or wrong, not what is the Democratic or Republican thing to do,” Wallace said. “My approach will be to do the right thing for this region to increase job growth and reduce excessive federal government spending. We also must protect Medicare for senior citizens and crucial programs that provide care for America’s veterans.”

Wallace also noted that he was a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and is a gun owner himself. As U.S. Attorney he led major criminal investigations into felony gun crimes. He said, “As someone who has been on the frontlines fighting crime, I know we have all the laws on the books we need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. We don’t need and I won’t support gun control. We need to strongly enforce those existing laws.“

Wallace said at a later date he would have a formal campaign kickoff and announcement tour.

“I think we could use a few more tough-minded prosecutors in Congress,” Wallace said. “We need a few more leaders who have been fighting the spread of meth and putting away sex offenders and fewer politicians who have just been fighting and playing the same old political games in Washington. We have to restore some common sense and a sense of common cause to Washington. What leaders of both parties don’t get is that their fighting is killing our economy.”

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