A former state lawmaker has dropped his Republican primary challenge to Gov. Mary Fallin, and says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.
In a fundraising email Thursday obtained by eCapitol, former state Sen. Randy Brogdon says he started assembling a campaign organization to run for governor shortly after Christmas. He says he initially wanted to support U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine for the Senate post, but when Bridenstine decided to stay in the House, Brogdon started to “take the encouragement to run more seriously.”
The Owasso Republican writes:
As I contemplated my dilemma, someone asked me an important question. He said, ‘Do you want to spend the next four years trying to stand up to the overreach of the federal government from Oklahoma, or do you want to spend the next two to eight years changing it from the inside?’ That question did the trick. From that point forward, I knew what I had to do.
Brogdon finished second in the 2010 Republican primary behind Governor Mary Fallin. He was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2002 and served two terms.