Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Free: "I'm Not Going to Run"

In a follow up on our previous story, we have learned that Kalyn Free has ruled out running for office this year.

Free made the statement in an interview with Red Town Radio, an online talk show. The pertinent segment starts around 54:10 into the "Politics in Indian Country" program. I have included a transcript below.

Brenda Golden: and, ya know, I wanted to just bring this up. on the democratic forum, there was a topic started THERE by someone that they want to enlist you to run for Attorney General. what do you think about that; people think so highly of you, Kalyn.

Kalyn Free: Well, I appreciate that, and I'm honored by a lot of the support I have. I did consider briefly running for AG, but there were a lot of reasons why I decided not to. I just spent the last five years representing the Ponca tribe, and I've almost got that situation wrapped up, we still have a couple months left, and my first obligation is to close that out. I was recently married; I've only been married for four months. My first and only marriage! So I need to devote, I want to devote time and energy to my new family and my husband. The timing just was not right for me, for the Attorney General. Very important position, and I thought long and hard about it, did some soul searching, and thought, you know, the timing just isn't right. I'll continue my work with INDN's List, over the next year, that's something I want to do. I don't know... I may run for office again someday. I may not ever run for office again, I don't know. You never know. I'm walking proof that it's a new day in politics every day, but I appreciate my supporters out there who think enough of me, who think I'd be a good Attorney General. But, I'm not going to run.

The suspicion that she was looking at the office of Attorney General was correct. One can only wonder how much the political climate played into her decision to not run. 2008 was a bad year for Democrats in Oklahoma, and 2010 is shaping up to be no better.


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