September 28, 2022
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Oklahomans, don’t elect career politicians expecting different results

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Polls open at the Oklahoma County Election Board for early voting on March 31.

Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” As an Oklahoman, I would define insanity as “electing the same officials over and over and expecting change.” Most Oklahomans express disapproval of career politicians like Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, yet it seems as if that same sentiment disappears when the name on the ballot resides within the Sooner State. Officials like retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe and current Rep. Frank Lucas have respectively spent 26 and 28 years representing Oklahoma on the national stage. So how is it that many of Oklahoma’s representatives have decade long careers, when their constituent’s express disapproval of career politicians?

Upon discussion with many fellow Oklahomans, it boils down to a common answer: familiarity. Researching challengers can be a daunting task, especially when some primary elections can have as many as 5+ candidates vying for the same seat. Sure, many Oklahomans may disagree with many of their representatives’ views, but at least it’s a familiar face.  



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