(Oklahoma City)- Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell today responded to Oklahoma Democrat Party Chairman Wallace Collins' refusal to apologize for his latest offensive comments. Last night, Collins was quoted by Fox News saying, "Is he forgetting the fact that the bombing was done by somebody of his bent – in other words a right-winger? If Timothy McVeigh were alive today, he most likely would be a Tea Partier.” After the OKGOP publicly called on Chairman Collins to apologize for his comments, Collins refused to apologize and accused Chairman Pinnell of politicizing his words.
"Rather than do the right thing and apologize for his offensive remarks, Chairman Collins wrongly charges that we are "politicizing" his words," said Chairman Pinnell. "There is simply nothing to politicize. Chairman Collins made unacceptable, offensive remarks and it's staggering that he refuses to acknowledge that."
"If Wallace Collins doesn't have the sense to apologize for his heinous comments, it's time for Oklahoma's elected Democrats to step in," continued Pinnell. "I'm calling on the Democrat Leaders in the House and Senate - Scott Inman and Sean Burrage - to repudiate the comments made by Chairman Collins. This latest outburst from Chairman Collins is not simply a gaffe, but rather an offensive attack on a majority of Oklahomans and conservatives all across America."
"Leaders Inman and Burrage can not simply stand by as the leader of their party slanders thousands of Oklahomans. This attack crosses the line and is simply unacceptable," concluded Pinnell.
The Oklahoma Republican Party is encouraging Oklahomans to contact ODP headquarters (405-427-3366), Leader Inman (405-557-7370), and Leader Burrage (405-521-5555) to voice their displeasure.
Background: The OKGOP responded to press inquiries regarding the omission by the White House, but had no role in originally pushing this story to the press. When asked by the press if he believed the White House did not release a statement honoring the anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building because Oklahoma is not considered a "swing state", OKGOP Chairman Pinnell responded, "I would certainly hope not".