Wednesday, December 30, 2020

24 GOP State Reps ask Oklahoma delegation to challenge Electoral College votes in Congress

This may come as a surprise to some of my readers, and I'm sure I'll lose or upset some of you, but the following press release is nothing more than a fantasy and pandering to individuals who refuse to accept the possibility that President Donald Trump could have in fact lost the election.

The real story is that the Trump campaign itself does not believe the post-election spin that it has fed Trump supporters. If they did, then they would have put forward a legitimate legal effort led by competent individuals. They didn't, and no elected conservatives will dare say that 'the Emperor has no clothes' for fear of the political ramifications. 

There's a lot more to unpack on that story, but until I get some time to write my take down, here's what a quarter of the Oklahoma State House members are asking our congressional delegation to do next week:

Group of House Republicans Urges OK Congressional Delegation to Challenge Electoral College Votes

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 22nd) – A group of Oklahoma House Republicans today sent a letter to the members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation urging them to challenge the certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021.

The 24 lawmakers contend that election law changes and violations in swing states disenfranchised the votes cast by Oklahomans.

“Every state in our Union is dependent on the others to hold free, fair and constitutional elections,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “When any state willfully violates our mutual contract – the U.S. Constitution – and/or their own state election laws (in order to skew the outcome of their election), the process and subsequent results shall not be dismissed or ignored. We must commit ourselves as a state to ensure our constituents’ votes are not disenfranchised, and we must hold accountable those who intend to harm us through election tampering.”

The following lawmakers signed on to this statement:

  • Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon
  • Rep. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee
  • Rep. Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle
  • Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont
  • Rep. Eddy Dempsey, R-Valliant
  • Rep. Mike Dobrinski, R-Okeene
  • Rep. Sheila Dills, R-Tulsa
  • Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola
  • Rep. David Hardin, R-Stilwell
  • Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang
  • Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane
  • Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, R-Altus
  • Rep. T.J. Marti, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Stan May, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow
  • Rep. Garry Mize, R-Guthrie
  • Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland
  • Rep. Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula
  • Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City
  • Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy
  • Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell
  • Rep. David Smith, R-Arpelar
  • Rep. Wendi Stearman, R-Bartlesville
  • Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore

The full text of the letter can be seen below:

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Dec. 21, 2020

Dear Member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation,

We, the undersigned members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, find it appropriate, according to Article II Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, and necessary, in order to provide a republican form of government as guaranteed by Article IV Section 4, to insist that you challenge the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021.

Every State in our Union is dependent on the others to hold free, fair, and constitutional elections. When any State willfully violates our mutual contract - the U.S. Constitution – and/or their own State election laws [in order to skew the outcome of their election], the process and subsequent results shall not be dismissed or ignored.

We must commit ourselves as a State to ensure our constituents’ votes are not disenfranchised, and we must hold accountable those who intend to harm us through election tampering.

Respectfully,

[signed by members]

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