The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 October 2003

Drew takes a pass

Attorney General Drew Edmondson, defying early predictions, said today he would not run for Don Nickles' Senate seat in 2004.

With State Treasurer Robert Butkin also passing up the race, this leaves Congressman Brad Carson as the only Democrat in the running; the first avowed Republican candidate is soon-to-be-former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys.

I can't wait to see what Mike at Okiedoke has to say about this.

(Update, 9 pm: Chris thinks Butkin and Edmondson basically "wimped out.")

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Posted by: Chris at 5:01 PM on 22 October 2003

>I can't wait to see what Mike at Okiedoke has to say about this.

Charles, why do I feel you had a smile on your face when you wrote this? ;)

While I am disappointed, unlike Chris's take, I feel Edmondson may have done the right thing for the good of the Party. Carson, in some ways, is like Nickles when he first ran for senate. Young, ambitious and lacking the "old guard" image of established pols.

And don't think for a minute that I learned my lesson about predictions.

Posted by: Mike at 12:56 AM on 23 October 2003

Edmondson's numbers were very poor and could not win

>>>I heard today at a okc chamber of commerce meeting that Burns Hargis mentioned that Drew Edmondson's numbers in the polls were very poor and that he was surprised that his numbers were so low when he was the top vote getter in 2002. He said it was clear that he could not win.

Posted by: John A. at 12:04 PM on 23 October 2003

Dunlap will NOT RUN for US Senator

From his PR:

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"I have come to the conclusion that it is not in the best interest of my family to run for the nomination at this time. My family's well being is more important to me than any office I would run for. Advisors to my family have been forthright and honest as to the amount of money it would take to run a race to win. I am not prepared to mortgage my children's future on a political office," Dunlap stated.

"I want to thank all who have committed help in this potential run, but I do not want to ask for donations to the race if I am not confident we could win. Friends' hard-earned money is not something I want to waste," Dunlap concluded.

Dunlap will not be involved in any other candidate's race and will serve out his last year in the Oklahoma Legislature for Senate District 29 after 16 years of honored service. He wishes all candidates well in their endeavors and thanks all of Oklahoma for the opportunity to serve his home state.

Posted by: John A. at 12:05 PM on 23 October 2003