(Teachers, I don’t know if you can trust anything posted on the Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education page at this point. People possess vested personal interests. Do your own research. Don’t rely on a Facebook page. Don’t take my word for it, either.—Kurt Hochenauer)
What if you support a supposed weaker or maybe a little better candidate on the other side in a primary election, and then your support ends up electing that person to office instead of the candidate definitely on the side of an organization you represent?
That’s what could happen in the District 41 State Senate race in Edmond to replace Clark Jolley, the term-limited, anti-education, right-wing extremist. The organization Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education continues its support for Republican Adam Pugh over Republican Paul Blair, but a very REAL teacher, Kevin McDonald, a member of the Democratic Party, waits in the wings for the general election. He needs support now.
When will the organization strongly support McDonald instead of a candidate, who announces boldly on his web site: “Adam Pugh: A Conservative Patriot.”? Here’s more from the site: “I have flown missions across the globe and I understand that freedom is worth fighting for, on the battlefield and in the halls of our Capitol.” (Oh yeah, he notes that he has been a substitute teacher.) The Fight. The Battlefield. The Freedom. That’s what he seems to be all about. He’s pandering to the right-wing voter base.
The idea of supporting the supposedly weaker or maybe a little better candidate on the opposing side in a primary election is nothing new nor is voting for the lesser of the two evils. The problem becomes that it can confuse voters when an organization gives unabashed support for a primary candidate even though it supposedly, maybe or not, is going to support another candidate in the general election. It can become dishonest, and, yes, I get that politics is basically a totally dishonest endeavor with a few notable exceptions.
I don’t want Paul Blair to win the seat either. Blair could become the state’s new Sally Kern, only even more powerful, dangerous and radical. He’s the pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond. He’s also a former NFL player. He also actively opposes and fights against same-sex marriage and reproductive rights for women.
But would the conservative patriot Adam Pugh be much better? Maybe.
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