Wallace Collins Turns to Disingenuous Attack to Distract from the ODP's Own Failures
(Oklahoma City)- Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell today responded to Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins' attack accusing Oklahoma Republicans of a "pattern of bad behavior." The OKGOP has for months called on Democrat Leaders in the legislature to rebuke their Chairman's comments calling his fellow Democrats "racist" and comparing his political opponents to Timothy McVeigh, yet they have refused to even respond.
"It is pure hypocrisy for Democrats to accuse Republicans of a "pattern of bad behavior" when the news has been full of offensive comments made by the leader of their own party," said Chairman Pinnell. "This is just more political games from a party that is void of solutions to get hardworking Oklahomans back to work."
After 43% of Democrats voted for someone besides Barack Obama in the Democrat Presidential Primary, Collins remarked, "Racism is alive and well in Oklahoma." Just one month later, Chairman Collins was quoted comparing Chairman Pinnell and Oklahoma conservatives to Timothy McVeigh. To date, Chairman Collins and Democrat leadership have refused to apologize for the remarks.
Collins levied his accusation in response to allegations against a Republican candidate for state senate. The candidate in question has not, and will not, receive any material support from the Oklahoma Republican Party.
"Furthermore, if the ODP wants to open this door about the need for certain candidates to withdraw from running for office then I would call on any Democrat candidate in this state who supports President Obama's job killing policies--namely his refusal to build the Keystone Pipeline, Obamacare, and the regulations strangling small businesses--to also withdraw their candidacy as it's clear they do not have the best interests of Oklahoma voters in mind," said Chairman Pinnell.
"Chairman Collins needs to worry about the problems coming out of his own office before he starts throwing around accusations against others. Chairman Collins is simply trying to distract from the fact that he's overseeing the dramatic decline of the Democrat Party in Oklahoma. If Chairman Collins wants to have a discussion about a "pattern of bad behavior" we are more than willing to do so," concluded Pinnell.