Friday, July 16, 2010
For my fifth endorsement out of eleven statewide or federal-level races, we move to the office of State Auditor. Two Republicans, plus the incumbent Democrat, are running for this seat.
My endorsement goes to Gary Jones.
He ran for this office in 2002 and 2006, and while he narrowly lost both times, his opponent (Jeff McMahan) is now sitting in jail.
Gary is a tremendous corruption hound, and it is largely through his efforts that the Gene Stipe scandal was uncovered, and why Jeff McMahan is now in jail for bribery and corruption charges.
Gary also served the Oklahoma Republican Party with distinction, as chairman from 2003 to 2010. During his tenure, the GOP took the State House and State Senate, and made great gains in rural, traditionally-Democratic Oklahoma.
However, Gary will by no means turn a blind eye to corrupt Republicans while in office. Gary will actively go after anyone who is corrupt, regardless of party. Our state government desperately needs an Auditor who will vigorously shake this state up, and root out wrong-doing.
Gary is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is eminently qualified for this position, and could prove to be Oklahoma's best State Auditor in history if elected.
I can think of no one better for this job than Gary Jones.
You can learn more about Gary and his campaign by visiting his website at www.JonesAuditor.com. He is also on Twitter (@JonesAuditor) and Facebook.
Gary joins Tom Coburn, Dana Murphy, Owen Laughlin and John Wright as my endorsed candidates for the July 27th Republican primary. Stay tuned for more endorsements!