Friday, July 16, 2010

Brogdon: Compromise Ad Hits Too Close to Home for Fallin

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brogdon continues to slam Mary Fallin for her vote on the bank bailout in another defense of his "Mary Fallin Compromise" ad.

Compromise Ad Hits Too Close to Home
Fallin stays hidden, sends out a spokesman, hopes Election Day gets here soon

(Oklahoma City) -- In an attempt to divert attention away from Rep. Mary Fallin’s Bailout Vote, The Fallin Campaign falsely characterizes the Compromise Ad as misleading and untrue.

“The ad speaks specifically to the key differences between my opponent and me” says Brogdon.  The premise of the ad is that Rep. Fallin too often compromises core values in the name of political expediency. We point out in our ad, three instances where those compromises were very bad.

Rep. Fallin not only voted for the Bailout, but she has accepted over $120,000 dollars from individual bankers and their Political Action Committees. That doesn’t include contributions made by lobbyists employed by those banks and mortgage lenders. Nor does it include the final primary disclosure report.

The Banking Bailout was directed at the entire industry, since banks all loan one another money in a revolving fashion. Therefore, one or two banks unable to repay their overnight funds can cause a domino effect on other banks. So you need not have received money directly from the government to be a beneficiary of the bailout.

However, Rep Fallin has received a maximum contribution from the CEO of one Oklahoma bank, which received over $30 million directly from the Bailout fund. She received thousands more from other bank employees and the PAC run by the bank.

This is all perfectly legal; there is no proof of quid pro quo. However, Senator Brogdon questions the ethics of such contributions, and says he would not accept the money under similar circumstances. Circumstances that the Senator insists are extremely unlikely to occur.

The Fallin campaign attempts to cast doubt on our claims regarding Rep. Fallin’s earmark spending. However, that just can’t be done because recently adopted transparency legislation requires earmark requests to be accessible through the Congressional Districts website.

For Fiscal Year 2010, Rep. Fallin requested and received over $22 million in earmark spending. She ranked 161st out of 435 members of Congress in money spent. The documentation of this fact comes through the 5th Congressional District website.

The fact remains the Rep. Fallin voted for the Bailout, requested millions in earmark spending, and accepted contributions from Bailout beneficiaries.

Calling these failures in performance compromises, is generous, they are more accurately serious lapses in judgment. To deny they happened or to downplay their significance is profoundly dishonest. The impact of these lapses is limited as one of 435 in Congress. However, as Governor such errors will have far greater consequences.

If I read this correctly, the Brogdon campaign is interpreting campaign contributions from any bank employee as a contribution from a "bailout beneficiary". If so, he has received a few hundred dollars from bank employees.

As I have said before, I dislike this style of campaigning. Where is that Reagan sense of optimism and positivism we Republicans so love to remember? Randy Brogdon would be better served by focusing on his many positive points, and talking about Oklahoma issues, rather than congressional issues.


  1. If I hear one more thing from Brogdon about how Mary voted for the "bailout", I'm going to scream!

    I mean, come on, even Coburn voted for it. Now I know Brogdon isn't running against Coburn, but would he make just as big an issue out of this if he was running against him? Is this seriously the best he can come up with to attack Mary Fallin about?

    You can pass this on to Brogdon if you like
    1) Christian principles doesn't equal - attacking others and saying horrible things about them, and being judgemental.

    2) Do you seriously think you are going to get anywhere by attacking a woman?

    3) Mary's the one taking the high road..she's keeping it real. Focusing on the issues and not attacking her opponents.... whatever ground you had or possibility you had of winning is seriously over, you might as well as just quit now.

  2. Just thought you may like to know,I totally drsagreed with Sen. Coburn in his bail-out vote. In my opinion,it was wrong. And from what I gather from the wires and what not,I wasn't alone.A bailout is still a bailout. To me that is nothing more than agreeing with democrat's that they know what's better for us than we do.

    Plus,Rep.Fallin say's she will work to stop outside influences from lobbyist's and trial lawyer's.
    Correct me if I'm wrong,but isn't her daughter a lobbyist and isn't she married to a trial lawyer?

    Just a thought

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  5. If Mary can't take this "heat" showing her votes and compromises while in office, what will happen if she is the Republican nominee for Governor? I'm sure this is NOTHING close to what the democrats would throw at her.

    So, that's just another reason I'm supporting Sen. Brogdon for Governor. He is willing to fight for our vote and show the difference between him and his opponent.

    P.S. Notice that Mary and company haven't said any of it was wrong, just that she doesn't like it. Think about that!!!!!

  6. Mary Fallin really is a finger wagging political diva who feels she is above criticism and owed the governor's mansion, while she hides behind the skirts of Palin and Brewer and the trouser legs of Jeb Bush and Tim Pawlenty.

  7. Anonymous 7/18-12:08pm: those sort of statements do not help your candidate. Let's leave gutter politics behind, and talk about the positives of our respective candidates, shall we?


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