Republican congressional candidate Markwayne Mullin was in Pryor Thursday evening. He held a political rally at the fairgrounds, complete with food and gospel music.
Mullin told the audience his campaign is going well, but he needs volunteers and financial support in Mayes County.
Mullin said voters should not take this election for granted, every vote will count and “we owe it to the next generation to fix the problems with Washington.”
Mullin made reference to the lopsided voter registration in the second congressional district that favors Democrats. Mullin said he spoke to a man who said he’d never voted for a Republican in his life, but was planning on putting a sign on his truck that reads: “This blanking Democrat is voting for this blanking Republican.”
Scott Rowland, Mayes County Republican chairman, spoke after Mullin. Rowland said Mullin has a hill to climb getting the word out and he needs money.
“It is amazing how much it costs for somebody to run for Congress. It is extremely expensive. One commercial costs $10,000,” Rowland said.
Mullin said for a message to be seen throughout the district on a regular basis, the total cost is $300,000.
Former Mayes County Chairman Bill Kendrick said he is not happy with the Republican leadership in Washington. “It’s terrible the way they have treated the tea party. I was tea party before there was a tea party.”
Kendrick complained about the moderate candidates the Republicans have nominated over the years, including Bob Dole in 1996 and John McCain in 2008. He isn’t enthusiastic about Gov. Mitt Romney (Kendrick supported Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann) but he said, “The American people have started to wake up after the past four years. I think we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it’s not a train coming in the opposite direction.”
Mullin is running for Rep. Dan Boren’s seat. Boren announced last year that he would not seek another term.