Mid-term campaign season. I hate it. I hate the robo calls, especially since I'm one of, oh, 30 democrats in my congressional district. Calls from MIke Huckabee don't work for me, I lived in Arkansas while he was governor. Nice enough guy, probably not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
The challenge of being a Democrat in a red state like Oklahoma? Getting a Dem elected from any district. What about moving to an open primary? Let's face it, Dems in Oklahoma aren't coastal lefties. In FL, CA, NY, MA and other states, they'd probably be considered moderate Republicans. So, my moderate Republican Hub has ultra-conservative options in the primary season and the more moderate candidates tend to live on the Dem ballot. But, the Democrat probably won't be elected in the general election.
So, if you're a moderate Republican in Oklahoma's 5th District, you might take a look at Billy Coyle. He's a local attorney, Oklahoma native (although lived in FL and graduated from FSU, always a plus for me!), a veteran and seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Click HERE to find out where he stands on many issues. The Republican candidate is not someone I'll cast a vote for - he's too conservative for me. And, I just don't see how managing/running a church (albeit, a large one) translates into the ability to represent Okahoma's 5th District. I don't have a strong sense of confidence in his understanding of the issues facing Oklahomans and our nation, except from a personal standpoint.
So, the BIlly Coyle sign will go up in our yard. (Thanks, Hub, for agreeing to the sign.)
And, regardless of who you vote for, please vote. The national elections get all the attention, but in reality ... it's your City Council, County Commissioners, School Board, Bond Elections and State Questions that impact your daily life much more than Congress.