Back in September, Gov. Mary Fallin appointed five members to the state Election Board. State law requires the governor appoint two members and one alternate from one political party, with the third member and second alternate from the other party.
Fallin’s appointees must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate before the legislative session ends this week. The Senate Rules Committee has managed to approve all Election Board members save one Democrat, Jim Roth, a former Corporation Commissioner and county commissioner.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher, explained that many GOP lawmakers were concerned about a former statewide elected officer being on a board “where he will be in control in helping determine what candidates are and are not on the ballot, including his former opponents.”
Even The Oklahoman agreed with Roth’s assessment of this being “politics run amok.” The paper’s May 16 editorial said that if Rules Committee members spent 10 minutes with Roth, they would “come away impressed by his professionalism and ability.”
CFN suspects this is all a facade, anyway. Roth is openly gay, and despite his profuse qualifications, it’s an election year with some very conservative incumbents facing even more conservative challengers (!) whose homophobic salivary glands would froth at the notion of voting for a gay man.