The following is a press release I just received from Oklahoma County GOP Chairman Matt Jackson:
(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell and Oklahoma County Republican Chairman released the following statement supporting Darrell Sorrels, Republican candidate for Oklahoma County Sheriff.
"Over the last decade, the Oklahoma Republican Party has been laser-focused on winning a GOP
majority in the State Legislature and fighting to win races at the statewide and federal levels. That focus has obviously paid off. While the OKGOP will continue to protect and grow our majorities, the time has come for the State Party to put a greater emphasis on local races around the state. That is why we fully support Darrell Sorrels and his campaign for Oklahoma County Sheriff," said OKGOP Chairman Matt Pinnell
For over 20 years, Darrell Sorrels has served the citizens of Oklahoma County as a law-enforcement
officer. During that time he has proven that he values the rule of law and standing up for the citizens of Oklahoma County. He is a man of character who can be trusted to represent and protect the citizens of Oklahoma County. Tip O’Neill once said “All politics are local”. This couldn’t be truer, especially when talking about county races. We are proud to have such a qualified and experienced candidate to bring conservative principals to the office of Oklahoma County Sheriff.
“Both the Oklahoma Republican Party and the Oklahoma County Republican Party have pledged to make this race a priority. This race would be tremendous victory for the people of Oklahoma County. Recognizing this, we are 100% committed to Darrell Sorrels and his campaign. This commitment includes finances, resources, volunteers and party support. We are working to make sure our next sheriff is a Republican sheriff. The GOP has made great advances in Oklahoma, because of our hard work and values. We are calling on all Republicans across the state to support Republican candidates and help us bring conservative values into our local government,” said Oklahoma County Chairman Matt Jackson.
This news comes at a critical time to this increasingly competitive race. Scandals have continued to dog incumbent Democrat Sheriff John Whetsel, including:
Investigations by both the FBI and the OSBI, reported by several local news outlets, presumably continue. These investigtations are centered on the use of inmate labor to create Whetsel campaign signs on county property. It is unknown when the results of the criminal investigations into the Sheriff will conclude, whether he or deputies under his command will be charged, and what liability Oklahoma County voters will incur from expected civil rights lawsuits.