Thursday, March 03, 2022

J.C. Watts, Kyle McCarter considering joining open Senate race

Another day, another set of potential candidates in the special election to succeed U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe.

Former Congressman J.C. Watts is said to be considering a run, according to The Frontier:

Watts' name has come up for a variety of offices since he left the House, including the 2010 gubernatorial race and the open Senate seat in 2014, but he has so far declined to run for another office. Will this year be different? 

Also looking at running is former Trump-appointed ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter, per Politico:

SCOOP: Kyle McCarter, ambassador to Kenya during the Trump administration and before that an Illinois state senator, is considering running for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma, where he now lives.

McCarter was an Illinois state senator from 2009 to 2019, Trump ambassador from 2019 to 2021, and ran for congress unsuccessfully in 2016. Politico reports that he moved back to Oklahoma after concluding his time as ambassador; I have done work for his Muskogee-area family, and know that he's also been involved for years in Christian aid ministries in Kenya.


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