Democrats Just Made History In Two Oklahoma Special Elections

Though the Democrats are still nursing their wounds from our just-out-of-reach defeat in the recent Georgia special election, we can take heart from a pair of stunning victories in the usually dark red Oklahoma state legislature.

Retired school teacher Karen Gaddis will now be representing the 75th House District, replacing disgraced Republican Rep. Dan Kirby, who was forced to resign after a workplace sexual harassment scandal.

She will be joined in the capital by immigration attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez, who will now be representing Oklahoma’s 44th Senate district after beating out Republican Joe Griffin.

Running on a platform focusing on funding for schools and families and against Republican budget cuts, Brooks’ win highlights the real priorities of voters in “Trump country.”

“In our hearts, we know we’re better than underfunded schools and underpaid teachers. We know we’re better than a budget that places the burden on everyday Oklahomans. We are better than families working two to three jobs just to make ends meet. We all believe we are better than this” wrote Brooks on Facebook after his upset win.

Both candidates are the very first Democrats to represent their districts after they were gerrymandered during the last redistricting.

It is a harsh truth to face, but the Democrats have a very, very deep hole to climb out of. Under the stewardship of DNC chairs Tim Kaine and Debbie Wassermann-Shultz, the Democratic Party gave up over a thousand state legislature seats. Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses in just five states against twenty-five wholly Republican controlled states.

If we are going to take this country back, we must contest every district. We need to listen to voters, not donors, and find a message that resonates with every American, no matter their demographic groups.

These victories in deep-red Oklahoma are a harbinger of a populist backlash against a President who shows no interest in governing and is too preoccupied with his own personal scandals to care about the people who put him in office – and we have to be ready to take advantage of his failures.

Add your name to millions demanding that Congress take action on the President’s crimes. IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP!

Add your name to millions demanding that Congress take action on the President’s crimes. IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP!

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Journal. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.

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August 23, 2017