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Talking to Cleveland County Dems, Dorman indicates a plan to run as-yet-undetermined office

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Politician Joe Dorman talks to Cleveland County Democrats at their Tyner Cornbread and Beans luncheon on May 13, 2016.
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NORMAN, Okla. – One-time Democrat gubernatorial candidate and former House District 65 representative out of Rush Springs, Joe Dorman, spoke last Friday at the Tyner Cornbread and Beans luncheon, hosted by the Cleveland County Democratic Party.

Dorman’s talk, covering a lot of political territory, included him talking about losing to incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in 2014, and noting plans to run for office in 2018, a year which could see former U.S. Rep. Dan Boren and House Minority Leader Scott Inman also running.

“I do not know what I am going to do in 2018,” Dorman told the Democrats in the room, saying that he loved running and meeting folks throughout Oklahoma. That said, Dorman said he is almost certain to be present on the gubernatorial or another spot on the ballot in 2018. He is still making up his mind, he told Red Dirt Report.

Dorman also compared the results of the gubernatorial elections between 2014 and 2010, the year when Jari Askins lost the election to Fallin saying, “I got a higher percentage than Jari, but we had a lower turnout.”

Dorman said low turnout is a real problem for the elections in Oklahoma especially for the presidential primary, the Democrats had 335,554 voters when the Republicans had 459,542 voters for 2016.

“The turnout of Republicans always surpassed the turnout of previous years,” he said, noting in 2008 417,207 Democrats voted for Oklahoma’s presidential primary election when at the same time only 335,054 Republicans voted.

In addition, Dorman said Democrat candidates have more chances to win an election in Oklahoma if their opponent has not been on a board before.

“You see, Democrats have a tremendous advantage out there when the election is on regional issues and when the opponent is not a recognized figure,” he said.

Further, Dorman said the approval rating of Gov. Fallin has fallen with only 42 percent approval and 47 percent of people believing she is not doing a good job leading the state.

“Is it what we want? Obviously not, because we want to see people doing a good job,” he said, noting the low approval of Fallin is due to numerous catastrophic legislations voted during the last decade.

Dorman also said the Republican majority in Oklahoma is supporting new tax incentive policies benefiting the richest and big companies instead of the poorest among us.

“Whatever they take away with these corporate exemptions, they are going to take moneyout of [the hands of] poor people,” Dorman said. “Republicans are speaking truth to what they promised.”

Dorman added due to these new tax credits, large corporations are now making a net profit after paying their taxes asking, “How many of you make a net profit on your taxes?”

Furthermore, an attendee asked about the role of the independent voters in the primary election. Dorman replied that independent voters didn’t have a big influence on the Democrat primary.

However, Dorman added independent voters who already voted for Democrats primarily could continue to vote for Democrats in the general election.

Several other subjects were discussed such as the progress of work in the State Capitol, Bernie Sanders supporters, the image of the Democrat candidates and education proposals.

To conclude the conference, Dorman said that Oklahomans are very frustrated with the way things are going in state politics and they want something better to happen, and soon.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 7:01 p.m. on Tuesday May 17, 2016 to reflect the fact that Joe Dorman has not decided yet to run again for governor.

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