Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel publisher
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – When I was younger, philosophical rigor (which some marginalize as ideological) was the most important consideration as I looked at decisions about my votes in elections. It remains important but not quite controlling in my voting decisions.
Over time I have come to believe that the heart of a person seeking public office is an important aspect in my personal (including public endorsement) decisions.
The community newspaper I manage endorsed Tom Guild for the Fifth Congressional District nomination of the Democratic Party. I did so with a sincere heart.
We have been friends since 1990. In recent years, our differences on public policy intensified. That did not erode our friendship. I believe his heart is good and that he means well. I included him in our endorsement list on the merits as I perceived them at the time we finished our June print edition.
I believe the public interest is best served by having strong candidates in both major parties (and among independents and libertarians, as well).
The incumbent Republican, Steve Russell, is a formidable contender for reelection in November. I will have friends in both camps in the upcoming general election.
Tom qualified for the runoff despite a dramatic collapse in support after a serious lapse in judgment. He has apologized. I believe his apology was and is sincere. I hope voters will remember his idealism and his behavior on his best days, and forgive him for the signage incident.
I encourage Tom to suspend campaigning and to endorse Kendra Horn, who nearly won the Democratic nomination outright.
I make this request publicly without advance consultation with anyone.