Wednesday, January 31, 2024

OKGOP turmoil over State Committee meeting legitimacy, Lankford criticism

There is another divide going on in the Oklahoma Republican Party, again centered around the leading figures in the party: State Chair (and State Senator) Nathan Dahm, and State Vice Chair Wayne Hill. I'm a little out of the loop, this latest spat appears to center around a canceled State Committee meeting, followed by a new meeting called under a rarely-used party rule (Hill's version here).

News and social media went wild over the weekend that the OKGOP had condemned and censured U.S. Sen. James Lankford over his recent border security/immigration negotiations. Chairman Dahm disagrees with that version of the events, and is calling the Saturday meeting 'illegitimate': 

OKGOP issues statement regarding reports on meeting held on January 27th

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 29th) – Today, the OKGOP, issued the following statement regarding the meeting held on January 27th.

“The meeting held by certain Republicans on January 27th was an illegitimate meeting. Proper notice was not provided to all members of the State Committee meeting. None of the actions done at the meeting are the official position of the OKGOP and the media is advised to refrain from reporting or suggesting this was an official action of the ‘OKGOP’ or ‘Oklahoma Republican Party’ regarding the motions, resolutions, or procedures done at this illegitimate meeting.”


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