Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Remembering Mark Costello

Today is the second anniversary of the untimely death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. I've often wondered what the Oklahoma political scene would have looked like had that fateful night turned out differently.

A stout defender of free market capitalism and conservative governance, I have a feeling that he'd have a thing or two to say about the current state of affairs in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C.

Costello always had some Zimbabwean bills to hand out, as a reminder of what happens when government gets out of control and destroys an economy.

Mark was a big supporter of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, making a trip to the Badger State to support Walker's re-election, and made early efforts to support Walker's [ultimately short-lived] 2016 presidential campaign. Walker was my first choice for President, as well.

Costello was unafraid to confront "sacred cows" in politics -- something that is missing in much of our government today, both on a state level and on the federal side. From his famous jingle to OKGOP State Convention "gags" (such as the cow above), he had a flamboyant flair that brightened up the political scene in this state.

He had a knack for the personal, remembering details about those whom he met and interacted with. When he heard that we were expecting our first, he sent us a handwritten card and a Republican gift (elephant pacifier). From cards to Zimbabwean bills, he always had a personal touch.

He's definitely missed.


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