For Immediate Release
June 6, 2017
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
Another Oklahoma Republican Legislator Resigns
OKLAHOMA CITY – Whether it be for misconduct or to pursue another job, Oklahoma taxpayers once more will be paying for another special election due to a Republican Legislator’s resignation. Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa (SD 37), has announced, effective January 31st, 2018, right before the session begins, that he is resigning to pursue a promotion in his professional career instead of fulfilling his term as Senator.
Due to the Republican failed leadership Oklahomans will pay nearly $200 thousand for special elections. Six of the seven 2017/2018 special elections set by Governor Fallin are due to Republican misbehavior or Republican legislators vacating their sworn obligation to their constituents.
The Republican-Super-Majority continues to waste taxpayer’s money as the state struggles with a budget crisis and state services experience more funding cuts. The complete disregard and lack of responsibility to fulfill one’s sworn commitment to their districts is appalling. Legislators that have stepped down due to misconduct or vacating their sworn responsibilities to their constituents should pay back the cost of each special election and stop wasting taxpayers money.
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