So this was the 1st attack piece from the primary. Of course he sent it out at the last minute so his claims couldn't be addressed. So something to be aware of is he sent this to Republicans with the sole purpose of getting them NOT to vote. He was not trying to earn their vote. He's spent years on TV every Sunday referring to Republicans as "The Evil Empire", so he knew that he wasn't going to get their vote, no matter how much he pandered. So what did he do, shouted "Liberal". This was his 1st train wreck. Being one of the most liberal representatives in the Oklahoma Legislature, this didn't go over well with his base, or his donors. But hey, when you're a professional politician, anything to win a race, right?
1. Let's start with Cal Berkley. This isn't an outright lie like some of his other claims, but he did lawyer it up. I did go to a 3 day fiber optics training class for my job, and the class was on the Cal Berkley campus. I wasn't enrolled there or ever a student of the school, so I don't think I could claim "I went to Cal Berkley". Kind of like I wouldn't claim to live at Lake Eufaula if I stayed there for 4th of July weekend.
2. "Liberal Todd Stone". This is just funny. I'm a life long Republican and he calls me liberal. I think the big miss for him is that while this attack worked a little to confuse a few people, it wasn't enough. And now I've had the opportunity to set the record strait.
So that was the address side and below we have the front of the mailer, let's dive in.
In continuing with his "Too Liberal" piece, he chose to bring my family into it. I don't find this to be very dignified. I definitely thought we'd be debating the issues of Ward 4 and how to address them. I figured he'd attack me, because I have met him before. I did not, however, think he would be so desperate to drag any of my family members into it. But he did, so let's set the record strait.
1. My son, whom I am very proud of, is the Representative of House District 89. He won that race just over 2 years ago at the age of 21, while he was just finishing up college. He knew what he wanted to do, he worked very hard, and he was elected. He is doing a great job of representing his district at the Capitol. Even as a Democrat, he has been ranked with the 5th most conservative voting record in the House. Not that it matters either way, most people know that your kids never listen to you anyway! But in all seriousness, he shouldn't have tried to drag my family into this.
2. ACLU Support. I did support Forrest Bennett. He ran and won to fill the seat of a term limited Representative, in fact that Representative endorsed Forrest in the race. Who was that Representative that termed out? None other than my opponent, career politician Richard Morrissette. The guy that he worked with to fill his one seat, he then tried to use to score political points and paint this fine young man in a bad light. Despicable.
3.Then he accuses me of lying about residency. He's sticking with this one even though he's been called out for it numerous times now. First off, you don't have to take my word for it, you can call the election board and they will verify I live in OKC. You can contact the city as well, as did one of the voters in the ward that he called. She was so upset she set out to stop me by calling the city. When they verified my residency she set out to let the Morrissette campaign know that someone was spreading false information, and she wanted him to know. When that fell on deaf ears, she realized she'd been duped, and now she has let me know that she will definitely be voting for me. If there is any question as to if he knows it's a lie, let me ask you this, would you spend $100,000 to do something that could be done instead with 1 phone call? I wouldn't. If he didn't live in the ward I'd called the election board and get him kicked off the ticket. It's that simple.