NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Tuesday’s Republican runoff for the Oklahoma Senate is between two candidates who both identify as the America First candidate and accuse one another of being overly political despite the fact that one has spent the majority of his career in state government and the other has served in Congress for ten years.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, won the support of former President Trump just before the state’s primary in June. He received 43% of the vote, falling short of the 50% threshold required to clinch the nomination in the state’s deep-red, where the Republican nominee is predicted to prevail in the upcoming midterm elections. T.W. Shannon, the runner-up in the primary, finds his support building as he travels the state, stopping in areas where he claims no politician has ever visited before.
Shannon thinks the outcome will depend on voter turnout and that they will understand what he sees as the key issue in the race: Do Oklahomans want to elect someone to the Senate who has already spent a decade in the “swamp” of Washington, D.C.? Polls have shown Mullin to have a double-digit lead in the contest.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Shannon said, “The trouble with being in the swamp for 10 years when you’ve been there for a long time, it doesn’t stink to you. “We need to send people who are willing to fight not simply for the sake of fighting, but who will rise up and be a disruptor, and who will remind this country of what made it great to start with capitalism, Christianity, and the Constitution,” the speaker said.
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Shannon, according to Mullin, is the career politician. “Who we want to represent us is what’s at risk in this election. Do we want candidates with the same old political backgrounds and résumés that make it appear as though Washington, D.C. is full with people with backgrounds similar to that? I believe we can all agree that Washington, D.C., has enough attorneys “Mullin said on Fox News.
Mullin presents himself as “a true citizen lawmaker” who will put Oklahoma first. He claimed that because of his business history and present employment running a firm with his wife, he has a better understanding of the struggles that real people face on a daily basis.
I’ll continue to be the sole active company owner in the Senate when I join it, Mullin assured. “There are a lot of successful people out there, but if you’re not operating in today’s environment, including the inflation we’re facing beneath the economic crisis, the labor shortages we’re facing, and the overbearing regulatory environment the Biden administration has imposed on us, then don’t tell me you understand you might be a good listener, but you’re not going to truly succeed. You will possess second-hand information.”
Shannon, however, feels it is insufficient and that he would be the better choice to take on not only the Democratic Party leadership but also the top Republicans in the Senate and the House. The Republican establishment, he claimed, is “as much of a problem as anything else,” and he is the “only candidate in this campaign who is going to push back against not just the leftists in Washington, but also the Republican establishment.”
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Shannon said that we needed a representative who wouldn’t just go along to get along in Washington, D.C. “We require a leader who will oppose Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kevin McCarthy, and all of their allies. Listen, there is a clear distinction between me and my adversary. My opponent has been in Washington, D.C. for ten years, and throughout that period, the debts have only gotten worse.”
According to Federal Election Commission documents, Mullin raised more money for politics before the primary than Shannon did. Shannon raised $1.1 million, while Mullin collected $2.3 million, albeit those sums do not account for donations made during the runoff campaign.
In 2012, Mullin, who had previously been elected to the Oklahoma state House in 2006, was given a seat there. In 1996, he launched Mullin Plumbing, where he is still president today. Shannon was also initially chosen to serve in the state House in 2006, then in 2013, she was elected speaker. Sen. James Lankford defeated him in a GOP runoff for the U.S. Senate in 2014. He is currently the CEO of Chickasaw Community Bank.
Mullin claims that Trump’s backing proves he is the best person to further the America First cause.
“President Trump endorsed us for a reason, and we are aware that we are working to advance his agenda. However, one guy cannot accomplish this on his own. It need a large group of like-minded people, which is why it’s time we updated our CV. Because, when it counts, you’re always going to make a political judgment if your background is in politics, “Mullin clarified.