For Immediate Release
July 24, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson


Republican’s Choice for Senate District 13: JAILED

Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Matt Pinnell and President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman Should Call for Their Candidate to Withdraw


Oklahoma City – Republican candidate for Senate District 13, Fred Smith, is currently in jail for failure to pay child support. The seat which covers parts of Pontotoc, Coal, Hughes, and Garvin counties is currently held by Senator Susan Paddack, Ada.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said ”This continues a pattern of bad behavior from the Republican party in Oklahoma. How can candidates expect to manage the business of the State of Oklahoma if they are incapable of doing so in their personal lives?”

“It’s outrageous that this individual continues to have the support of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Matt Pinnell and the Republican leadership are responsible for this candidate and are responsible if he stays in this race.” Chairman Collins continued, “I believe that Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell and Senate Pro Tempore Brian Bingman should ask their candidate to step down.”

“The failure of the Republican Party’s leadership in this matter is further evidence of their lack of respect for good government and the citizens of District 13. These hard-working Oklahomans deserve better.” added ODP Vice-Chair Dana Orwig.