T.W. Shannon, CURE board member and former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, recently announced that he’s running for national office again.
Shannon ran for a special election in Oklahoma for the U.S. Senate in 2014, but voters chose former Rep. James Lankford. Now he’s running again in a special election for another Senate seat. Sen. James Inhofe announced he’s resigning at the end of this year. From the Washington Examiner:
So, what dragged Shannon, now chief executive officer of a community bank in Oklahoma City, out of political retirement since his first (and unsuccessful) campaign for Senate eight years ago?
“I’m concerned about the direction of the country,” he told the Washington Examiner on Thursday, a few minutes after announcing his candidacy. “The woke agenda has infected nearly every aspect of our lives — and frankly, when I look around, Americans and Oklahomans are hurting.”
The Examiner said Shannon will emphasize his personal story this time around to compete for the open seat in Oklahoma.
All of the candidates are likely to be of the staunchly conservative variety and be opposed to abortion rights, supportive of gun rights, suspicious of big government, in favor of domestic energy exploration and production, and fans, at least publicly, of former President Donald Trump.
Indeed, Shannon emphasized that every Republican running so far is a friend with whom he communicates regularly via telephone and text message.
“My story is unique, and that’s all anybody has,” he said. “I’m probably the greatest embodiment of the opportunity available in this country.”
America is a country of systemic opportunity, not of racism, Shannon told the Examiner. An anti-woke platform is what we need. Shannon will deliver.
“That’s going to be my story in the race, and hopefully that inspires people.”
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